Allen Squares Off With An NBA Legend

Rick Barry agrees to have a shootout with Allen, with his eyes closed. In order for Allen to get his price, they have to beat one of the best free throw shooters of all time at his own game.

AFTER MAKING SOME CALLSAROUND TOWN,

MY SPORTS AGENT FRIENDPUT US IN TOUCH

WITH A VERY SPECIAL BUYERFOR THESE BASKETBALLS.

OH, THERE HE IS.

I THINK WE SPOKE ON THE PHONE.I'M ALLEN.

- ALLEN--WELL, I WOULD ASSUME

THAT HE WOULD BE TON.

- YES, THAT'S RIGHT.

- WELL, I HOPE YOURSPECIAL BUYER

HOOKS US UPWITH A SPECIAL PRICE.

- SO, TON, YOU REALIZETHAT THIS MAN

WAS THE NBA FINALSMVP IN 1975.

OUR FIRSTHALL OF FAME CUSTOMER.

- HOLY [bleep].

- SO I BET YOU'VE SEENA FEW OF THESE

IN SOME OF THE TROPHY CASES

FOR THE DIFFERENT PLACESYOU'VE PLAYED.

- YEAH, I ACTUALLY HAVE.

BACK AT THE BASKETBALLHALL OF FAME,

THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF STUFF.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THESE.

THIS ONE'S PRETTY COOL, THIS ISTHE OFFICIAL SPALDING BALL.

THE LACES AND THE BLADDERON THIS ONE HAVE BEEN REPLACED.

IT PUTS THE COST DOWNTO THE $500 TO $1,000 RANGE.

- I'M GUESSING THATIN THE EARLY DAYS OF BASKETBALL,

THIS WOULD BEREALLY HARD TO DRIBBLE.

- YEAH, THERE WASN'TA LOT OF DRIBBLING.

TODAY, THEY DRIBBLE THE HECKOUT OF THE BASKETBALL.

THEY COULDN'T DO THATWITH THESE BALLS.

OH, WOW.SEE THIS ONE?

THIS ONE HERE,THIS IS KIND OF COOL.

THIS BALL'S ACTUALLYIN PRETTY DECENT SHAPE.

SPALDING BALLSTHAT WERE SIMILAR TO THIS

ARE SOLD FOR ALMOST $60,000.

- WOW.

AND WHAT'S THIS ONE WORTH?

- PROBABLY 500 TO 1,000.

THIS BALL,CAN'T TELL WHO IT'S FROM

BECAUSE BACK IN THOSE DAYS,YOU SEE, THIS IS SMOOTH.

- YEAH.

- THE SPALDING BALLS KINDA HADLITTLE, LIKE, DIMPLES.

AND IT LOOKS AS THOUGHTHE LACES HAVE BEEN REDONE.

THIS IS THE ONEYOU ALMOST GOT LUCKY ON.

IF WE HAD A 60,000 BALL HERE,

I CAN INTRODUCE YOU TO MY FRIENDAT THE AUCTION HOUSE

AND MAYBE WE'D BETALKING ABOUT SOMETHING,

BUT YOU'RE NOT TALKINGABOUT THAT MUCH MONEY.

- HOW MUCH ARE WETALKING ABOUT?

- FOR ALL OF THESE?MAYBE...

3,500.

- 3,500?

- I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCHYOU HAD TO PAY FOR 'EM, BUT...

- WE HAD TO INVESTA SIZEABLE AMOUNT.

ENOUGH THAT 3,500IS AN AIR BALL FOR US.

- LET'S PLAY, YOU TWO AGAINSTME, SHOOTING FREE THROWS.

IF I WIN, I'LL BUY THESE BALLSFROM YOU AT THE LOW END,

AND IF YOU WIN, 5,000.

- SO YOU'RE SAYING THATWE'RE GONNA BET $1,500

AGAINST THE MASTEROF THE UNDERHAND FREE THROW?

YOU STILL HOLDONE OF THE HIGHEST

FREE THROW PERCENTAGESOF ALL TIME.

I BEAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO THINKTHEY'RE BETTER THAN ME.

BUT YOU, SIR,ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST SHOOTERS

IN BASKETBALL HISTORY.

I MEAN, COME ON.GIVE ME SOME CHANCE.

- I'LL SHOOT MINEWITH MY EYES CLOSED.

YOU WANNA MAKE THAT BET?

- I KINDA DO.

- SO DO I.

YOU GOT A DEAL.- [laughs]

I GOT THIS.

I MEAN, HOW HARDCAN IT BE, RIGHT?

HE'S A PROFESSIONALBASKETBALL PLAYER,

BUT I USED TO SHOOT A LITTLESTREET BALL BACK IN THE DAY.

JUST GOTTA LOOSEN UP,HIT A FEW FREE THROWS.

I CAN DO THAT,CERTAINLY, CAN'T I?

- I THINK YOU GOT THIS.

A COUPLE FREE THROWS, AND HE'SSHOOTING WITH HIS EYES CLOSED.

- WELL, ACTUALLY,IN FULL DISCLOSURE,

I'M A LITTLE RUSTY.

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