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Michael Drysch, a 50-year-old computer technician, was flown into Miami by the Lebron James Family Foundation for a chance to win $75,000. All he needed to do was hit a half court shot in front of the whole arena.
One “half-court hooker” later and the man was being tackled by Lebron.
Quotes from players following the shot (via sportingnews.com):
“That was crazy,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “The place erupted. It was like it was when we won the finals.”
“I heard the eruption, and I turned and I saw LeBron absolutely tackle him,” Spoelstra said.
“I had no idea what was going on. That fan, while he’ll love the $75,000, having that on video — LeBron James tackling you at half court in front of 20,000 — I think will be the longer-lasting memory.” – Spoelstra
“When he wound up I was like, ‘Oh no, there’s no way,’” James said. “When it dropped, that was awesome. I would have probably air-balled that one in that situation.”