Fan Nails Half-Court Hook Shot for $75,000, Gets Tackled by LeBron James

Stephen BabbFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2013

What were this fan's chances of sinking a half-court shot for $75,000?

Only slightly worse than the Detroit Pistons' odds of beating the Miami Heat afterward.

Dude just hit a halfcourt shot for $75,000. And he was rewarded with LeBron James tackling him at halfcourt. Unreal.

— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) January 26, 2013

It wasn't just that the shot went in. It's that it looked like the kind of shot that never had a prayer—even more so than your typical half-court heave.

I've seen people hit halfcourt shots for big money before, but this guy just hit a HOOK SHOT from halfcourt for 75K.

— Couper Moorhead (@CoupNBA) January 26, 2013

That was hysterical. Guy just hurled it sideways with one hand like he was playing jai alai. Wade trying to re-enact it.

— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) January 26, 2013

Said guy walked off the court with a pretty nice haul, along with the priceless thrill of having LeBron James share in his disbelief.

Just talked to the fan who won the 75K. Name is Michael Drysch, 50, of McHenry, Ill. Won a LeBron-sponsored sweepstakes to enter contest

— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) January 26, 2013

Since the fan who hit the halfcourt shot for the 75K won in a LeBron sponsored contest, that's why LeBron so happy and tackled him with joy

— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) January 26, 2013

It was fantastic watching a superstar like LeBron react to the shot just like a normal fan would have.

LeBron said it was just instinct that resulted in him tackling the fan who made the 75K…

— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) January 26, 2013

Congratulations to Mr. Drysch, and nice form. Apparently the fans in Miami are almost as clutch as the Heat themselves. Even this club's best would need some luck to sink this shot, though.

Or would they?

LeBron James on halfcourt hook shot fan made for 75K. Can he do it? “Oh yeah. I got that… Give me enough tries. I’ll make that.’

— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) January 26, 2013