On Coming Close, So Close

When it really counted, Bobby Shivar's best shot wasn't quite worth a million

For a few breathless seconds, you are just 19 ft. 9 in. away from a million dollars. You're standing on the basketball court in the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, and all you have to do is toss the ball through the 18-in. hoop that now seems a mile off. The crowd of 6,600 is chanting your name. Your wife's counting on you, thinking about a little red sports car. Your son, the Nintendo addict, wants a new computer. You'd love some cash for your daughter's college education and to buy a tractor for yourself. And maybe, just maybe, you could...

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