NEW ORLEANS — Hornets forward Lance Thomas stood at the free-throw line late in New Orleans’ 99-63 win over Portland with more than the normal amount of pressure on his shoulders.
Only, he didn’t realize it.
“I didn’t realize what I was shooting for until I missed it,” Thomas said.
As soon as Thomas’ first free throw lipped out, those left at the New Orleans Arena roundly booed him.
And it wasn’t because it kept the Hornets from winning. No, it kept those at the game from earning a free small French fries from McDonald’s.
If the Hornets score 100 points, that’s what they get.
“I was like, what are they booing me for? And then I realized French fries. We only had 98 points,” Thomas said.
But being the good guy that Thomas is, he’s making it up to those with tickets and programs from the game.
“I got to take that one to the heart,” Thomas said. “If they bring their game ticket to McDonald’s on Canal tomorrow form 7-8 p.m., I’ll get them a small fry. That’s what they get if they win.”
Thomas wasn’t alone in being booed; fans also booed Brian Roberts for running out the clock with a rebound with 3 seconds to play.
But Thomas had the most direct impact on their not receiving free food.