415-foot basketball shot breaks world record
YouTube trick-shot stars remind us of other incredible, entertaining shooting feats.
It's always nice to break a record, especially if you're breaking your own.
That was the case this weekend when Trick-shot YouTube channel How Ridiculous traveled to Australia's 460-foot-high Gordon Dam to break their own world record for the highest basketball shot. It took them around 4-5 hours to accomplish, but they finally did it, making their incredible shot from a height of 415 feet.
Their previous Guinness World Record for the greatest height from which a basketball is shot was roughly 299 feet off the Euromast in the Netherlands in 2013.
This got us thinking about other crazy basketball shots. And since the NBA Finals are currently underway, we thought we'd take as our inspiration the two stars of that series: LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Stephen Curry, who plays for the Golden State Warriors.
LeBron's been averaging crazy numbers in these finals, but it might just be this shot from a team practice a couple months back that is the most impressive thing he's done on the court this year:
Of course, while that's a testament to LeBron's strength and coordination, Stephen Curry's recent feat is perhaps even more impressive because of its sheer longevity. He was able to make 77 – YES, 77! – straight 3 pointers in a practice, and while technically not a trick shot, you'd be forgiven for thinking this video is playing a trick on your eyes:
Returning to Earth (where LeBron and Curry do not reside) we are reminded that world-class athletes don't hold a monopoly on crazy trick-shot skills. Take this group from Israel, all of whom seem to have a similar knack for making the difficult look easy.
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