We started our genius NBA Playoff historical introspective yesterday.
Today, it continues …
One can go to this website
to view crime statistics for the town of Fremont, California in 1997.
Which begs the question—who is wasting money hosting this site?
In that storied year of 1997, Rex Chapman hit what I thought was the greatest shot of all time
to send Game 4 of a First Round NBA Playoffs series between #2 Seattle Supersonics (RIP
) and #7 Phoenix Suns in to overtime.
I attended the game and I have never witnessed a moment at a live event that has compared to excitement following that shot.
I played it over and over in my head for years, thinking Chapman had literally hovered over the first row of the stands as he nailed the running floater with no time on the clock …
Until YouTube came in to existence—we’ll get to that in a moment.
With Phoenix holding an improbable 2-1 series lead at the time of the shot, I was giddy
about standing on the precipice of witnessing the hilarity of Seattle giving up a second MASSIVE
First Round NBA Playoffs series upset in a span of three calendar years, despite the fact that Suns sucked that year—season one of the post-Barkley era—and I knew they wouldn't be going anywhere beyond that round.
Phoenix, however, lost in overtime, then went on to Seattle to polish off a 5-game series defeat.
Adding insult to injury, I found the shot on YouTube several years ago and modern day review exposes it as:
Not as great as I remember it; and
B) Really f@!#ing stupid
Chapman caught the ball with 4.3 seconds to go
—PLENTY OF TIME
fired an off-balance, one-footed, 25-foot runner while falling away from the basket at a 45-degree angle.
In the course of his genius, Rex also ignored a wide-open Wesley Person in the corner—who, incidentally, had his feet set and had made 171 3-pointers at a 41.3% clip in 1996-1997, one of three seasons played with the NBA 3-point line (stupidly) drawn in by 21 inches
The shot was the definition of dumb luck. My 16-year-old mind lied to me. Chapman always played like a ball-chucking idiot and Game 4 in 1997 of the NBA Playoffs' First Round was no exception.
Regardless, in an example of NBA's infinite wisdom, Chapman is now Director of Player Personnel for Denver Nuggets, because he filled one of the two main job requirements for NBA front-office work:
1) Be a super-smart MBA who never played any basketball.
2) Be an American ex-NBA player who is white.
That's a conversation for another day ...
And whatever—luck still counts
. Major Bradley is Managing Editor of The Fansite Network and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as @MajorBradley & @FansiteSports on Twitter, as well as on The Fansite Network Facebook page