Here's a feel-good NBA fan story that will surely make your day.
On Tuesday night, a man named Heath Kufahl won himself a cool $20,000 when he sunk the ever-elusive MidFirst half-court shot at the Thunder-Lakers game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Dressed in a Thunder jersey, Kufahl -- a high school basketball and volleyball coach -- made the shot between the third and fourth quarters of the game. According to the Oklahoman, it was "the fourth fan half-court shot made in the Thunder's Oklahoma City history, and the first since 2011."
Though successful half-court attempts are always awesome to watch, Kufahl's winning shot has held an especially powerful significance.
Kelly Hines, sports writer for Tulsa World, writes:
Kufahl is incredibly deserving not only because he's supporting a family of eight on a teacher's salary, but also because his wife, Jenni, was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer last fall. She has been undergoing chemo treatments but received a good report last month that her tumors have shrunk and no new cancer was discovered.
"I love when good things happen to good people," Hines said.
There has been a little hiccup to this otherwise fairy tale-like ending, however. According to Kevin Ding of the OC Register, Kufahl is not actually a Thunder fan and had been posing as one for the sake of the contest.
Guy who hit halfcourt shot to win $20k says: "I'm actually a Lakers fan. Don't tell anybody. I had to wear a Thunder shirt."
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) March 6, 2013
We imagine some OC fans won't be too pleased with this revelation; but perhaps Kufahl's moving story will blur the lines of NBA rivalry.
h/t: Big Lead Sports