50-year-old computer technician Michael Drysch was embraced by an unexpected person after making a half-court shot that won him $75,000 at AmericaAirlines Arena on Friday night: LeBron James.
James ran from a timeout huddle during the Heat’s 110-88 win over the Detroit Pistons to tackle Drysch with a hug after the fan’s miraculous hook shot. The money came from the LeBron James Foundation, which flew him from Illinois after he was selected from a drawing, according to ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst.
“It’s a great way to meet somebody like that,” Drysch said, as he was presented the oversized check. “I had no idea he was coming over to me like that. That was amazing. What a great feeling to experience something like this.”
Drysch said he had been practicing the shot the past two days and only made it once during his workouts.
James said after the game that his reaction was purely “instinct,” via Fox Sports’ Chris Tomasson:
“It didn’t matter what consequences came with it. Ain’t going to be none. I was excited about it. I’m excited for him. Excited for the moment. It was pretty awesome. That’s just who I am.’’