The infinite timeout loophole that almost broke the 1976 NBA Finals | Weird Rules

  • Published: 05 February 2019
  • The Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns faced off in the 1976 NBA Finals, and with the game in double overtime the Suns did something so genius that it seemed idiotic. But really, they just knew the rules. They called a timeout they didn't have, and were assessed with a technical foul, but it allowed them to inbound the ball from half court instead of under their own basket. With just 1 second left, this meant they had a better chance to get a shot off, and without knowing how to break the rules in your favor, it never would've worked.

    Watch the video to find out what happened after that, and also why a fan fought a referee in the middle of all of this.

    Written and produced by Ryan Simmons and Seth Rosenthal
    Shot by Mike Imhoff
    Animations and graphics by Philip Pasternak


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Comments • 835

  • Jordan Tillar
    Jordan Tillar  3 days back

    Kinda like what happened to raptors and warriors 2019

    • Lucius Sulla
      Lucius Sulla  4 days back

      Big nose

      • Ld carter
        Ld carter  1 weeks back

        jason kidd found a loop hole spilling that drink on the court

        • jordan wood
          jordan wood  2 weeks back

          Question for hardcore baseball enthusiasts, if the outfielder were to be able to stand and the top of the wall in the outfield and made the catch (like Hiroshi Tanaka’s catch in Major League II) would it be an out or a home run?

          • Boks Ugoks
            Boks Ugoks  2 weeks back

            I wish the suns did pull this off so they would not be ringless right now

            • Charlie Martinez
              Charlie Martinez  1 months back

              Was this what Chris Webber was thinking that faithful national championship game?

              U.n.c. all the way!!

              Why so serious!? 🤡😎

              • Jeffrey Tam
                Jeffrey Tam  1 months back

                *GSW PTSD intensifies*

                Love you Draymond

                • Sarada Sreeram
                  Sarada Sreeram  1 months back

                  In all seriousness this loophole was the smartest and most mind blowing thing in basketball, it's genius.

                  • Leander Wei
                    Leander Wei  2 months back

                    Guess Draymond watched this video

                    • Cole Anderson
                      Cole Anderson  2 months back

                      The new rule is what killed the GSW in game 6

                      • John Marksman
                        John Marksman  2 months back

                        Must not be to knowledgeable on B-ball Chris Webber did it

                        • SO UJ
                          SO UJ  2 months back

                          Oh so that’s what happened.

                          • SO UJ
                            SO UJ  2 months back

                            Then what happened to the 2019 finals? If Steve Kerr did a timeout that would have altered the entire championship but that didn’t happen, did it?

                            • Menphis Designs
                              Menphis Designs  2 months back

                              Be a bad boy but knowing the rules by converting a 3pt layup!

                              • 3rdjayhawker
                                3rdjayhawker  2 months back

                                It happend in the finals again 43 years later withe the raptors and warriors

                                • Gerard Aiken
                                  Gerard Aiken  2 months back

                                  Draymond did it inna finals

                                  • Mr. Money
                                    Mr. Money  2 months back

                                    That coach certainly played 2k15

                                    • Selfish Stockton
                                      Selfish Stockton  2 months back

                                      I never knew the Suns were in the Finals in the 70’s go figure

                                      • realperson.dll
                                        realperson.dll  3 months back

                                        Basketball. "world" series...

                                        • Modern
                                          Modern  3 months back

                                          Why u got a beard ew

                                          • prospecops
                                            prospecops  3 months back

                                            Didnt warriors do something similar to raptors

                                            • robert wisehart
                                              robert wisehart  3 months back

                                              I always used to like to call a time out if my older brother was beating me up.

                                              it never worked when I did it.

                                              • Evan H
                                                Evan H  3 months back

                                                I see that the Warriors must've watched this before the 2019 finals

                                                • Chan Kevin
                                                  Chan Kevin  3 months back

                                                  Wow this could've worked in warriors' favour in this year's finals if the rules remained

                                                  • PrestonWinn
                                                    PrestonWinn  3 months back

                                                    Why is that guy fat,but not fat

                                                    • Ethan Crossman
                                                      Ethan Crossman  3 months back

                                                      woooooah watching this after the 2019 finals

                                                      • Robot Electric
                                                        Robot Electric  3 months back

                                                        800th comment boi!!!!

                                                        • Surge Vinooo
                                                          Surge Vinooo  3 months back

                                                          Fab Five 😢

                                                          • Jerrod Meredith
                                                            Jerrod Meredith  3 months back

                                                            Draymond punching the air after watching this

                                                            • Random Entertainment
                                                              Random Entertainment  3 months back

                                                              God I love abusing sports rules

                                                              • Jerematt Marskush
                                                                Jerematt Marskush  3 months back

                                                                Warriors punching the air

                                                                • Kristian Utomo Tobing
                                                                  Kristian Utomo Tobing  3 months back

                                                                  Coach : we need a time out
                                                                  Shaq : on it
                                                                  *Proceed to break the ring*
                                                                  Coach : Nice

                                                                • cJinL
                                                                  cJinL  3 months back

                                                                  Why are people mentioning the end of the recent Finals? This video is about an old loophole that used to exist in the rules. It no longer exists and you can't get timeouts when you're out of them. The situation described in here is not at all what happened in 2019.

                                                                  • Zayntp3 The Great
                                                                    Zayntp3 The Great  3 months back

                                                                    This explains the 2019 nba finals

                                                                    • GFX Dime
                                                                      GFX Dime  3 months back

                                                                      Game 6 warriors vs raptors, warriors call time out with 0.9 seconds left, but they didn’t have any timeout

                                                                      • Linus Law
                                                                        Linus Law  3 months back

                                                                        Wouldn’t the Suns get the ball anyways because the Celtic had just scored?

                                                                        • Mikhail Mihaltses
                                                                          Mikhail Mihaltses  3 months back

                                                                          Personified Pi no because its a 1 point technical and you get the ball back

                                                                      • Josiah Lott
                                                                        Josiah Lott  3 months back

                                                                        This almost happened in this year's finals

                                                                        • Scope Analogy
                                                                          Scope Analogy  3 months back


                                                                          • Gray
                                                                            Gray  3 months back

                                                                            Didn't break the 2019 finals!

                                                                            • The Man of Constant Sorrow Elias

                                                                              These views are about to jump

                                                                              • Pam Correa
                                                                                Pam Correa  3 months back

                                                                                Happened a while ago at nba finals

                                                                                • Mark Bryan Bautista
                                                                                  Mark Bryan Bautista  3 months back

                                                                                  You guys are bad storytellers

                                                                                  • Shadoww
                                                                                    Shadoww  3 months back

                                                                                    I like how this was recomended after the finals

                                                                                    • some cunning linguist
                                                                                      some cunning linguist  3 months back

                                                                                      I can't BELIEVE this just happened in the finals - .9 seconds left, Warriors called the time out, technical foul, Kawhi got the point

                                                                                      And the last game, raptors lose by one, next day the NBA says "yeah he should have gotten the free throw our bad"

                                                                                      • ChickenPeach
                                                                                        ChickenPeach  3 months back

                                                                                        Can't believe this happen in the 2019 Finals. I saw it and freaked out cause of this episode. Keep up the great work

                                                                                        • Nick Millette
                                                                                          Nick Millette  3 months back

                                                                                          Anyone here after Draymond called a timeout with none left in the finals?

                                                                                          • MS Hispanthicc Juan
                                                                                            MS Hispanthicc Juan  3 months back

                                                                                            Here just to make sure the 2019 finals didn't get messed up

                                                                                            • monkeyskull1
                                                                                              monkeyskull1  3 months back

                                                                                              That Raptors game... Came so close lol