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(Deadspin)   NBA fan tries a $1000 half-court shot and sticks it ... literally (w/video)   (deadspin.com) divider line 24
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2013-01-14 05:10:47 AM  
Hope they gave him the $1000. They got at least that much in free publicity.
 
2013-01-14 06:05:26 AM  
HA! Pretty cool. Hey man, nice shot.

Pay 'im.
 
2013-01-14 08:51:08 AM  
I don't think that's ever happened in the history of basketball. I mean I've wedged it between the side of the rim and the backboard plenty of times, but that right there defies physics. Was the ball flat?
 
2013-01-14 09:24:56 AM  

Charlie Freak: I don't think that's ever happened in the history of basketball. I mean I've wedged it between the side of the rim and the backboard plenty of times, but that right there defies physics. Was the ball flat?


Maybe a little, but I'm thinking the huge backspin he put on it helped drive it down into the corner when it hit the backboard.  You can definitely see it's wedged in there when they show the replays.
 
2013-01-14 10:10:51 AM  
Tebow has done it before... Twice.
 
2013-01-14 10:16:42 AM  
For it being only a $1000 shot, sounds like they gave it to him... that isn't that much of a cash outlay for an NBA team, and they probably only have to give it out 5-6 times a year (if that) on 42 home games doing this contest.

If this was a 3/4 court or almost full court shot for $100k or something like that, I'm guessing they'd have been much more stringent on the rules (not really going in, plus his foot was over the line).  They'd have marked it zero.
 
2013-01-14 10:30:39 AM  

dletter: For it being only a $1000 shot, sounds like they gave it to him... that isn't that much of a cash outlay for an NBA team, and they probably only have to give it out 5-6 times a year (if that) on 42 home games doing this contest.

If this was a 3/4 court or almost full court shot for $100k or something like that, I'm guessing they'd have been much more stringent on the rules (not really going in, plus his foot was over the line).  They'd have marked it zero.


Yeah, well that's just like, uh, your opinion, man.
 
2013-01-14 10:37:56 AM  

VvonderJesus: dletter: For it being only a $1000 shot, sounds like they gave it to him... that isn't that much of a cash outlay for an NBA team, and they probably only have to give it out 5-6 times a year (if that) on 42 home games doing this contest.

If this was a 3/4 court or almost full court shot for $100k or something like that, I'm guessing they'd have been much more stringent on the rules (not really going in, plus his foot was over the line).  They'd have marked it zero.

Yeah, well that's just like, uh, your opinion, man.


This isn't Vietnam.  There are rules!
 
2013-01-14 10:43:41 AM  
I was expecting wedged between the backboard and the rim to one side or the other.  Not *directly* behind the hoop.  I didn't know it was possible to wedge in there dead straight on.  those are some weirdly designed baskets.
 
2013-01-14 11:37:37 AM  
I would definitely question every shot that happens on that rim forever. Based on the dribbles, it wasn't flat, and it's not like a half-court shot is coming in soft. That's ridiculous.
 
2013-01-14 11:59:38 AM  
I was at this game, and I'm pretty sure they gave the money to the guy. At least, that's the way they made it sound after the guy grabbed the net and made it go in.
 
2013-01-14 12:24:30 PM  
He was over the line. Mark it a zero dude.
 
2013-01-14 12:26:56 PM  

maniac64: He was over the line. Mark it a zero dude.


Hey if he'd have been on the line and thrown it the same distance, it would've gone straight in.
 
2013-01-14 12:29:37 PM  
That is .. really weird .. to see.
 
2013-01-14 12:35:12 PM  
Magnets

img2u.info
 
2013-01-14 12:43:44 PM  

dletter: For it being only a $1000 shot, sounds like they gave it to him... that isn't that much of a cash outlay for an NBA team


Plus they'll easily re-coup that money from the YouTube hits alone.
 
2013-01-14 12:45:06 PM  
i.ytimg.com

still waiting to cash his check...
 
2013-01-14 12:53:18 PM  

LesserEvil: Magnets

[img2u.info image 600x337]


If that was a magnet everyone sitting behind the basket is after a new cell phone today and the photogs are getting new gear.

To stop an object with that mass and energy alone would require a strong magnet, being able to do it if the guy didn't throw it directly at the magnet would require something even stronger.

Free MRIs for the first 200 fans!
 
2013-01-14 12:57:15 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: LesserEvil: Magnets

[img2u.info image 600x337]

If that was a magnet everyone sitting behind the basket is after a new cell phone today and the photogs are getting new gear.

To stop an object with that mass and energy alone would require a strong magnet, being able to do it if the guy didn't throw it directly at the magnet would require something even stronger.

Free MRIs for the first 200 fans!


No, stupid. The magnet is in the back of the rim, but the backboard is made of demagnetizing reverse-polarized glass, thus negating the magnetic field for all those behind it.

You must be part of the conspiracy.
 
2013-01-14 01:22:43 PM  
$1,000? That's it? Teams usually - well, a sponsor - gives a car away
 
2013-01-14 01:29:41 PM  
one of his dribbles was shown hitting the floor. the ball seemed under inflated to help him win imho.
 
2013-01-14 01:30:56 PM  
At least he came right out and said 'I gotta check with the judges'. But I'd say go ahead and give it to him. I'm betting none of the actual players could do that if they tried.
 
2013-01-14 07:36:56 PM  

Gosling: At least he came right out and said 'I gotta check with the judges'. But I'd say go ahead and give it to him. I'm betting none of the actual players could do that if they tried.


Of course they gave it to him, this is a contest for Season Ticket holders. There is one golden rule in the NBA: Do whatever is reasonable to make Season Ticket holders satisfied. I have season tickets to the Blazers, and I have never had a business treat me, as a customer, so well.
 
2013-01-14 08:01:05 PM  
This was one of the most incredible things I've ever seen.

I've seen a ball even "rest" on the rear of the rim and not go anywhere, but that's after a close shot that just takes a couple weird bounces... not a half court shot.
 
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