Honestly what is it with fans winning in these halftime contests this season? First you had the Canadian guy kick a 50 yard field goal to win $1 million. Then a fan wins $1 million during a Clemson game by throwing a football 25 yards away through a 20 inch hole. I wouldn't be surprised if an 95 year old lady hits a hole in one from 172 yards with a 9 iron in strong cross winds to win $1 million. I just wouldn't with how they're giving away money this season.
Now we have 22 year old Richard Tran win a 2006 Dodge Charger at a Clippers game by making a half court shot. The most amazing thing wasn't that he made it but how he shot it! He shot it with his back to the basketball at halfcourt. It wasn't a rule in the contest. He just decided to shoot it like that. Just amazing. I guess it's just that type of season for the Clippers and its fans this season. If you haven't see the shot you have to see it at Nba.com.
A little about Richard and his reasoning behind his unorthodox shot. He's a 7th grade math and science teacher. He brought his students to the game. When he found out he was selected, his kids were telling him half court is pretty far away. He doesn't play much basketball. He thought he had no chance of making it by running up to the line and shooting it. If it's an air ball it looks embarassing. So to save himself from embarassment he decided to shoot it with his back to the basket. That way if he missed it wouldn't be so bad. Good choice because he sank the shot.
He said he's giving his car to his mom. He was joking with her before about buying her a car for Christmas. She drives his old high school car. Sometimes wishes come true in funny ways.
We'd love to hear your comments and/or opinions. If you submit them here, other visitors can read them, rate them and comment on them. An e-mail address is not required.
From Best Shot in the NBA this Week to NBA Archives | Sports Blog | NFL Archives | College Football Archives | MLB Archives | NCAA Basketball Archives | Soccer Archives | Olympics Archives | Stupid Athletes Archives | Other Archives |
[?] Subscribe To|
We are always very interested in reader comments about the site -- especially ideas about how to improve it.