Watch: Vlade Divac hits halfcourt shot to win $90,000 for charity
Standing a couple of feet behind the halfcourt line, Divac took a few dribbles before stepping forward and launching the ball, which bounced off the back of the rim and through the hoop.
The make earned Divac $90,000, to be split between his charity and the Lakers Youth Foundation. He celebrated with Staples courtside regular Jack Nicholson. Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell asked Divac what the key is to hitting a halfcourt shot.
"Well, you just have to, first of all, make sure the ball goes in the right direction and then the release is pretty good," Divac said. "Just like a three-point shot – you have to use your legs and hope it goes in.
"I thought it was 50-50 chance."
Divac's make came on a night when the Lakers (9-19), playing without Kobe Bryant, shot 52 percent from the field and 46 percent from three-point range in a stunning 115-105 win against the team with the NBA's best record (23-4). When first asked about the shot, Divac said it was the "Lakers' night."
Divac played 16 seasons in the NBA, including eight with the Lakers. The 7-foot-1 center earned one All-Star nod and posted career averages of 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds. He retired following the 2004-05 season.