That's why the Thunder picks people who look athletic and capable. Rarely do you see someone out there who needs to take the half-court shot granny-style.
It makes the Thunder look good. MidFirst, too.
I don't know how MidFirst calculates how much free advertising and positive publicity it has gotten out of all these half-court makes, but it has to be worth more than the $100,000 that it has given away this year.
Take the video of Dougherty hitting the half-court shot last March, then getting tackled by KD. It has been viewed about a million times on YouTube, and as the twenty-something TV reporter launches the shot, there's a sign with the MidFirst logo on it right in front of him.
If MidFirst ever decides the contest is costing too much, there will about a bazillion business lined up to take its spot.
Still, can you imagine the reaction of the guy who writes the half-court checks?
Oklahoma City is a half-court hotbed.
What has happened to the folks after they've hit those half-court shots is pretty remarkable. They have appeared on SportsCenter and Fox and Friends and The Today Show. They have used the money to put a down payment on a house and start a nonprofit and pay for school and offset doctor bills. Their after-the-shot stories are heartwarming and funny and down right amazing.
They are every bit as good as their shots.
By the way, here's hoping that the folks at NBA headquarters are planning another compilation of half-court shots. At the rate we're going, Oklahoma City fans will make about six more half-court shots this season.
There are a few NBA teams who wished they shot as well as Thunder fans.
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