In the year-plus following the Oklahoma City Thunder's trade of James Harden to the Houston Rockets, the franchise has drawn criticism for not taking the measures necessary to build a perennial championship-quality team. Yet, no matter your opinion of the team's future, there is no argument against Chesapeake Energy Arena's serving as home to at least one current NBA dynasty.
I speak, naturally, of Thunder fans' remarkable ability to win $20,000 off halfcourt shots with shocking regularity. Since the beginning of last March, three Thunder fans have hit these shots to help pay for a wife's cancer treatment, in a manner that compelled Kevin Durant to tackle the shooter, and prior to a rout-clinching run in a playoff game (which couldn't possibly have been a coincidence, because halfcourt shots are magic).
We can now add Cameron Rodriguez to this illustrious list of clutch performers. In the first half of the Thunder's eventual 115-113 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night, Rodriguez, donning a backwards hat to ensure a full range of vision, drained his attempt, got a giant hug from team mascot Rumble the Bison, and presumably got angry when he learned the $20,000 prize was a pre-tax figure.Read More »from OKC Thunder fan nails halfcourt shot for $20,000, continues dynasty (Video)