Originally Posted by Nilocon165
One time in a playoff game I tried to take a charge and instead got elbowed in the head and called for a block. I was a little out of it after that, and my coach was like "you want out?" And I told him I was fine. Bad decision. I grab the easy rebound off the free throw miss and proceed to lay it back in. ON THE WRONG HOOP. Keep in mind that made it a one possession game in the 4th quarter of a playoff game. The sad thing was as soon as it left my hands I realized my mistake. Looked up at the stands as I was running back the other way and my parents looked embarassed as hell. It was an awful feeling.
Luckily we won and I had 4 straight freethrows in the final minute to seal it but it could've been worse.
Don't worry, may happen more than you think.
A few years ago I was coaching a 7th grade team when one of our opponents sprung a full court press on us out of nowhere. My squad struggled with backcourt pressure so I called a time-out to keep my kids from panicking, and as a means of refreshing them on our diamond press break.
Worth noting that my starting point guard that year was a more jovial, middle school version of Duane from Full House (the "whatever" guy. I know, dated reference, but it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Do-T28tY08#t=0m20s
Anyhow, out of the time-out, my point guard runs to the ball as designed. He catches the inbounds pass near his opponents' bucket, as designed. But then it suddenly looks like he's thinking about shooting a layup... on his own basket. I'm standing about 60 feet away, and the dude's in his own world, so he doesn't hear my pleas to not shoot. Just as well, he can't hear the cacophony coming from parents and students in the stands, all yelling "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" in unison.
He follows through with his plan and attempts a point-blank, uncontested layup on his own basket. The ball ricochets off the backboard and hits the rim at such an angle that it begins swirling perilously around the rim, seemingly in slow motion.
Somehow, someway, the ball teeters out of the cylinder. Everyone in the gym sighs in relief at the near disaster.
Dude then gets his own rebound and lays it back in.