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OKC Thunder: Hot Dog! Fan sinks $20,000 half-court shot

Brad Brucker, a volleyball and soccer coach at Piedmont, is the second fan this season to sink the big money shot.
by Anthony Slater Modified: November 21, 2013 at 10:37 pm •  Published: November 21, 2013

The hot dogs weren't ready, so Brad Brucker and his wife rerouted through the concourse.

And the detour couldn't have worked out any better.

Because on their search for more hot dogs, the couple was approached by a Thunder representative, asking them to compete in the famous midgame half-court shot contest.

Brucker, a 33-year-old volleyball and soccer coach at Piedmont, accepted and, minutes later, banked in the 42-foot prayer, winning a $20,000 check from MidFirst Bank.

“I need to go shake the hot dog lady's hand for not having hot dogs ready,” he joked.


In 230 home games, it was only the eighth time a Thunder fan hit the half-court heave. But recently, it has become a trend.

In five home games this season, Thunder fans have hit it twice. That's a 40 percent conversion rate, better than what 26 NBA teams are shooting from 3-point range this season.

And dating back to last season, there have been five converted half-court shots in the past 22 games.

“MidFirst and the Thunder are thrilled to see fans hit the shot,” Thunder vice president Dan Mahoney said, also noting that MidFirst pays directly for the shots. “It adds even more energy to the building.”

But on this night, Brucker's shot came with an added bonus.

After drilling it, Brucker sauntered over to the sideline, capping the big night with a hug from rap superstar and emerging sports agent Jay Z, who was sitting courtside with his wife Beyoncé.

“I asked him if he wanted to be my agent,” Brucker said. “He just laughed. I guess I'm a little short, but whatever.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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