WATCH: McHenry man sinks $75k shot, gets tackled by Lebron

WATCH: McHenry man sinks $75k shot, gets tackled by Lebron

Posted: Updated:

MIAMI (AP) - A 50-year-old computer technician from McHenry, Ill., made a half-court shot to win $75,000 and a hug from LeBron James.

As part of a contest sponsored by James' foundation, Michael Drysch hit a hook shot from midcourt between periods of Friday's game between the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons.

James watched from the bench, and when the shot swished in, he happily sprinted toward Drysch and embraced him, and both tumbled to the court.

"Nice way to meet somebody," Drysch said. "I can't believe it."

The long shot was a long shot, especially given Drysch's shooting form.

"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."

Drysch said he practiced the shot and made "maybe 1 percent."

"That was crazy," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "The place erupted. It was like it was when we won the finals."

Coach Erik Spoelstra was drawing up a play in front of the Heat bench when Drysch sank his shot.

"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."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share Your Sports Photos & Video

Submit Your Sports Photos

Share Your Photos & Video

  • SportsMore>>

  • Bears' Charles Tillman placed on IR

    Bears' Charles Tillman placed on IR

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:45:49 GMT
    Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was placed on season-ending injured reserve after suffering another injury to his right triceps muscle Sunday night versus the 49ers.
    Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was placed on season-ending injured reserve after suffering another injury to his right triceps muscle Sunday night versus the 49ers.
  • Bears fans still thrilled by Sunday night comeback

    Bears fans still thrilled by Sunday night comeback

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-09-15 13:43:19 GMT
    Fans who stayed up to watch the Bears vs. 49ers game Sunday night got a pleasant surprise.
    Fans who stayed up to watch the Bears vs. 49ers game Sunday night got a pleasant surprise.
  • Jay Cutler rallies Bears past 49ers in fourth

    Jay Cutler rallies Bears past 49ers in fourth

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:59 AM EDT2014-09-15 11:59:43 GMT
    Jay Cutler passed for three fourth-quarter touchdowns after much of Chicago's starting defense went down, and the Bears beat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20 Sunday night to spoil their Levi's Stadium debut.
    Jay Cutler passed for three fourth-quarter touchdowns after much of Chicago's starting defense went down, and the Bears beat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20 Sunday night to spoil their Levi's Stadium debut.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices