On Sunday, a Los Angeles Lakers fan won $100,000 for making a half-court shot at Staples Center, and another Lakers fan did the same in January 2018. While $100,000 is certainly on the high end of prizes, most NBA teams offer pretty large prizes for fans making half-court shots.
Then there are the New York Knicks.
During a break in action for Friday night’s Knicks-Pelicans game at MSG, a fan nailed a half-court shot. He was rewarded with… $1,000 in scratchers.
Half court shot: ✅
Celebration: 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ulDu11E7k8
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 11, 2020
This Knicks fan was hyped to win $1,000 in scratchers with this half-court shot 💰🎉 pic.twitter.com/J815BM537c
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 11, 2020
Twitter had plenty of reactions for this prize that summarizes the Knicks’ franchise:
Lmaoooo this is the most knicks prize ever. My god https://t.co/6jb5cQmZLV
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) January 11, 2020
Lakers give $100,000 CASH for hitting a half court shot
Knicks give you a job rubbing $1,000 in lottery scratchers to end up with $350 and a hand cramp https://t.co/8YXv9MH8hc
— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) January 11, 2020
I cannot express how both perfectly Knicks and perfectly New York this is. https://t.co/gZHIglPTBn
— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) January 11, 2020
This is what the Knicks give away for a half-court shot? 😂 😂 😂 https://t.co/jmd8PG0Wmd
— Andy Nesbitt (@anezbitt) January 11, 2020
Northeastern just had a kid take a half-court shot to win $2000 of actual money. You don't want to be doing worse promotions than NU, Knicks. https://t.co/MrXqTm4TRz
— Ben Forman (@benjammin_09) January 11, 2020
The Clippers just offered $5,000 to a fan to hit a three. Meanwhile the Knicks offered $1,000 WORTH OF SCRATCHERS for a half court shot.
— Brian Cullen (@brianscullen) January 11, 2020
Knicks janky 😂😂😂 they giving out scratchers for half court shots? 😭 https://t.co/geBf95ixxc
— Jimmy (@tajaimcgehee) January 11, 2020
The Knicks also lost their game 123-111 to the Pelicans, dropping their record to a 10-29 (the third-worst mark in the NBA).