All-Star Saturday did a real nice thing after the Three Point Contest, paying tribute to the late Craig Sager. To top things off, the contest, already featuring an overtime showdown between Kyrie Irving and Eric Gordon, added an extra period, bringing out the finalists, Gordon, Irving and Kemba Walker, as well as numerous stars of NBA past and present and DJ Khaled to partake in a shootout where each made triple would add a $10,000 donation to the foundation created in Sager’s honor. To their credit, the group did fairly well, as WNBA star Candace Parker hit on barefoot, and Khaled even hit one.
To top things off, Steph Curry, referred to by some as the greatest shooter in NBA history, was called to the court. If Curry was able to sink a triple from half court, a $500,000 donation would be made to the foundation.
Hitting a shot from half court is difficult for anyone, but it proved to be even more so for Curry, who must’ve suffered flashbacks from the latter stages of the 2016 NBA Finals. Curry had 10 attempts to sink the literal money shot, but every attempt fell flat, making things increasingly awkward for Curry and those assembled.
Twitter, ever so compassionate…oh, who am I kidding, things got out of hand quickly!
Steph Curry blew a $130,000 lead.
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) February 19, 2017
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) February 19, 2017
You all know they shouldn't had put out Steph Curry like that at half court. We saw what happened in the NBA Finals. 🔑 #NBAAllStar
— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) February 19, 2017
Steph Curry for $500,000 !!! pic.twitter.com/6SV4byf0nP
— HENNY HARDAWAY (@AIexESPN) February 19, 2017
"Steph Curry is gonna come out here and hit a half-court shot for $500,000 for the Sager foundation!"
Steph Curry: pic.twitter.com/JdU4ZnA59M
— Herbo (@HerbMcDerb) February 19, 2017
Three Pointers made tonight:
— ProCity Hoops (@ProCityHoops) February 19, 2017
Don't let this All-Star weekend distract you from the fact that DJ Khaled donated more money to the #SagerStrong Foundation than Steph Curry
— Start Boban (@All_Pistons) February 19, 2017
Fortunately, this heartwarming event did manage to have happy ending, albeit with no thanks to Curry, as Sager’s son Ryan, with assistance from Shaquille O’Neal, slammed down the money shot, much to the delight of the crowd.
— ImArya (@ImAryaWwe) February 19, 2017
Overall, a brutal night to be a Warriors fan. Three-point shootout favorite Klay Thompson, seeking to become the first repeat winner since Jason Kapono, failed to advance past the first round. Not to mention any image of Irving sinking a three just has to unleash horrifying flashbacks….