The date was February 11, 1995. It was the first of two years in which the NBA hosted Footlocker and Reebok’s One Million Dollar Shot contest during All-Star weekend. Foot Locker must have been absolutely rolling in cash and they decided to give one lucky fan a chance at winning $1 million during halftime of the 1995 NBA Rookie Game in Phoenix.
All he had to do was make a three-pointer. Not even from half court or anything. Anywhere on the court. One chance. If he made it, $1 million. TNT broadcasted it. Cameras were everywhere. The crowd was on its feet.
The lucky fan was a kid named Mike Hoban. Hoban had apparently been practicing his shot all week and even had some training sessions with former Phoenix Suns great Dan Majerle. The whole arena and probably America were rooting for Mike Hoban to just drain this.
After a couple minutes, practicing his shooting form and performing his unusual and long routine, Hoban stepped to the top of the key. The shot was on line, but fell short of the rim, as he air-balled it. Hopes and dreams shattered as Hoban was nearly in tears being consoled by Thunder Dan and his family.
Then for the post-shot interview with the late Craig Sager as Hoban tries to make sense of what just happened, he said he could have concentrated more and wished that he could have one more shot.
“I should’ve made it.” — Mike Hoban
But unfortunately for him, he didn’t make it, as the money stayed in the pockets of Footlocker and Reebok.