In 2003, the Cavaliers' Ricky Davis shot at his own basket in the final seconds of a blowout victory over Utah so he could get his 10th rebound to complete a triple-double. DeShawn Stevenson of the Jazz hammered Davis with a cross block. "DeShawn fouled him, and I would have fouled him, too," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "I would have knocked him on his ass." Said Cavs coach Keith Smart: "He has to live with what he did. Wherever he goes, people will remember it."
And don't make a career out of padding your stats. A veteran NBA scout swears Moses Malone missed hundreds, possibly thousands, of shots on purpose so he could get his own rebound and put the ball back in, thus getting points and rebounds on the same possession. -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Urged on by his teammates in a blowout game, the Atlanta Hawks' journeyman guard intentionally missed a layup just before the buzzer so he could get the rebound and make his small mark in history. Sura was trying to become the first NBA player in seven years with three straight triple-doubles. The game was essentially over. What the heck?
The NBA didn't see it that way. Less than 24 hours after Sura's bit of self-gratification, the league ruled Tuesday that he wouldn't be rewarded for intentionally missing a shot. "I'm disappointed that my attempt to turn my third triple-double caused so much controversy," he said. "It was never my intention to make a mockery of our sport and to take any attention away from our huge win over the Nets. If anyone was offended by my actions, I sincerely apologize."
Sura's motives didn't seem all that sinister -- "it was kind of a reaction thing," he said after the game -- but he joined the growing list of players and coaches who have resorted to underhanded tactics in an attempt to pad individual stats.
In the final minutes, Sura's teammates kept pumping up shots, hoping to give him a legitimate chance at the 10th rebound. Unfortunately, they made most of them -- the Hawks shot 58 percent in the game, including 17-of-25 on 3-pointers -- and it didn't look as if he would get the chance.
Then, with the final seconds ticking off, reserve center Michael Bradley tossed the ball the length of the floor to Sura, who was uncontested under the basket. He missed the shot, grabbed the rebound and stood there grinning as the horn sounded. Sura joked that the shot slipped out of his hands, but he made it clear that the miss had a purpose -- and was on purpose. "All the guys on the team were screaming at me to do it," he said. "I just did it."
The Nets didn't seem too upset about Sura's intentional miss, though Kenyon Martin declined comment and Jason Kidd, the NBA's triple-double leader, said he's never had to resort to those sort of tactics. "They've struggled this season," Richard Jefferson said. "If they can find a high point, go for it."
The NBA's basketball operation department made the decision not to count Sura's rebound. The NBA cited a rule that states, "A field goal attempt is a player's attempt to shoot the ball into the basket for a field goal." Because Sura wasn't trying to make the shot, he shouldn't get credit for a field goal attempted. Therefore, no rebound, the NBA said. -- AP