CHICAGO -- Making the 71-foot shot was the easy part for Don Calhoun. The hard part was getting the insurance company to pay up the $1 million reward.
Since hitting the shot from three-quarters court during a timeout at a Chicago Bulls game Wednesday, Calhoun, 23, had been surrounded by controversy.
According to the contest's sponsors, the insurance company that was supposed to cover the cost refused to pay because Calhoun had not signed a waiver before making the basket. The waiver would have certified he had not played basketball professionally or in high school or college in the past six years.
Calhoun, who had played 11 games during the 1988-89 season for Triton Junior College, said officials never showed him the waiver until after he made the basket.
Yesterday, officials of Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, the Bulls and Coca-Cola Fountain-Midwest -- the sponsors of the contest -- said they will provide the promised $50,000 a year for 20 years if the insurance company does not.
The company, American Hole 'n One of Oakwood, Ga., has said it needs to review paperwork before deciding whether to pay.