Australian Internet wonders and basketball trick-shot group How Ridiculous has gone viral again — this time with a world record-setting long shot they were able to drain from the top of the Gordon Dam in Tasmania. "It's been a dream of ours to make a shot off Gordon Dam since 2010," the group wrote on the How Ridiculous YouTube page.
This breaks the previous record that the group held when they hit a shot at 233 feet from the top of the EuroMast observation tower in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 2013. In 2011, the squad took the record for highest-altitude basketball shot with a 219-foot toss off the top of a light tower.
Other YouTube sports stars such as the group Dude Perfect have also curated an impressive collection of trick shots. One of the most impressive videos out there has to be Dude Perfect's frisbee versus basketball trick shot battle, where American Ultimate Disc League player Brodie Smith goes head to head on the court with the group, draining one-handed full court shots with both a disc and a basketball. But all of these trick shots (which require quite a few attempts to make) are a little different than the spontaneous long shots that led the NBA (by way of the ABA) to the creation of the original long shot: the three-pointer.
The first huge shot of note came in November of 1967. The Indiana Pacers of the American Basketball Association were down 118–116 in a game against the Dallas Chaparrals with just one second left on the clock. Pacers guard Jerry Harkness, who was 92 feet away from the basket, threw a Hail Mary to the basket. It hit the backboard and went in, causing the Pacers to celebrate the possibility of winning in overtime. But 1967 was the first year of the regulation three-point shot, and without realizing it, Harkness won the game, 119–118. Fans and players weren't used to it yet, but the shot, which was actually 68 feet behind the new three-point line, was a game changer. Most recently, Stephen Curry's playoff 62-footer against the Grizzlies dropped jaws.