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Heat fan hits half-court shot to win $75K, gets tackled by LeBron James (VIDEO)

Jan 25, 2013, 10:58 PM EST

Plenty of teams in the NBA offer an opportunity each home game for a fan to hit a shot from half-court to win a ridiculous prize.

Some teams, like the Lakers, offer a progressive jackpot of sorts, with the prize increasing throughout the season with each game that goes by without someone draining the improbable shot.

Others offer cars or other prizes to fans in case they get lucky and end up hitting a shot from approximately 47 feet from the basket with an arena full of fans watching.

The teams are insured in case of a miracle, so there’s no financial harm done when one of these shots ultimately goes down. The players, though, stay out of it for the most part — which makes this one all the more special.

LeBron James couldn’t contain his excitement when a fan (Michael Drysch, according to LeBronJames.com) used a hook shot to win the $75,000 prize in Miami on Friday, and ran out onto the court to tackle the winner to join him in the celebration.

  1. deadeyedesign23 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Dude sounds like Newman.

    • digitalpoo - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      Holy crap, you’re right.

  2. piis314 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    What a great response from LeBron! Such joy over someone else’s good fortune… truly a class act.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      75K is mere change for guys like LeBron. But for him to personally rejoice in the fan’s winning shot like that is a class act indeed.

  3. nbascreed - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Seriously you gotta love Lebron…that guys is awesome and long after the ball stops bouncing people will love him b/c he’s a likable dude.

    ktgotgame.com

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      So true!

    • nokoolaidcowboy - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      Not a Lebron fan at all, but that was freak’in awesome! It adds to this fan’s 75K experience that Lebron was obviously pulling for him like that.

    • cordae - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Thats why hes always been my fav. Even in Cleveland, I remember watching him bring so much excitement to average joes all the time. He’s always been likeable, in an era where most NBA players think fans have cooties.

  4. eventhorizon04 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Fun stuff.

    I’m not sure I would have spent my time practicing hook shots if I was asked to shoot a half-court shot for $75,000, but I can’t argue with results.

    Good for him.

  5. badintent - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    50 Miami ambulance chasers(lawyers) lined up to charge LBJ with spinal and head injuries with treble damages

  6. dreamzilla - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    figures Lechump would hog the spotlight and no pun intended…thunder…of a lucky fan who hits an impossible shot to collect so and so prize…let him have his moment …but noooooo u have to insert your 2 cents to get your mug in the camera and have the crownd look at u cu the fan took your spotlight….just get the hell out of the league and maybe join the wnba or something…and take that ugly kid in your comercial with ya with the missing tooth…i see why he has that missing tooth ..its from some kid beatin the brakes off of him at school for that stupid retarded laugh…if i was that kids age i knock him out tooand pop his tooth out

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      Not everybody who dislikes LeBron has a miserable life, but you clearly do, and I feel bad for you.

      Seek help.

  7. daddyghi - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    another misleading title… why does it always have to sound like negative?

    • raidmagic - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      What? That title is exactly what happened? How is that negative?

  8. halohonk - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Lakers are looking for a guy that can knock down an outside shot.

  9. asublimeday - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Lebron was trying to bang the guy

  10. hardballtalkusername - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Not a LeBron fan but that is awesome. Honestly, if it wasn’t for “The Decision” and all I would probably like LeBron quite a bit. He seems to enjoy the game a lot which is always nice to see.

    • progress2011 - Jan 26, 2013 at 5:12 AM

      That’s cool Hardball….

      BUT what got lost in the media, regarding “The Decision” is – he primarily agreed to do the interview because the network agreed to pay ONE MILLION DOLLARS to his favorite charity – The Boys and Girls club.

      So, a bunch of kids, who parents probably can’t afford expensive after school activities, computers, recreational activities, organized sports, cultured events, all in a well structured environment…now have the ability to do so…all because LBJ did the interview on the network.

      SO…in light of those facts that the media washed out of the details. if he does his next trade using “The Decision” format and it raises another ONE MILLION DOLLARS to benefit kids…..

      I’M TOTALLY COOL WITH THAT

      I challenge ANY of the media pundits or others that had all their opinions to break out ONE MILLION STACKS to benefit a children’s charity…to have him do it in their chosen format.

      • raidmagic - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        Fair enough but he could have at least had a sit down with Gilbert behind closed doors and let him know he was leaving. A million dollars or not that was the wrong way to do your team and fans.

        That aside this is one of the best videos I’ve seen all year. Now that fan has two great stories to tell

      • thenmoveback - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        The problem with that is Gilbert would have been so angry about LBJ leaveing he wouldn’t have kept quite. Then the donations would have been less ruining the whole point of “the decision”. What’s funny is all the ppl who said they hate him for that, yet were on their knees praying he picked their team.

  11. BigBeachBall - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Double or nothing…

  12. dko83 - Jan 26, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    I’ve hated Lebron since The Decision and that ridiculous pep rally. But this is cool, he’s slowly winning me back. Disclaimer: I don’t want the Heat to repeat.

  13. asublimeday - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    That’s cool Hardball….

    BUT what got lost in the media, regarding “The Decision” is – he primarily agreed to do the interview because the network agreed to pay ONE MILLION DOLLARS to his favorite charity – The Boys and Girls club.

    So, a bunch of kids, who parents probably can’t afford expensive after school activities, computers, recreational activities, organized sports, cultured events, all in a well structured environment…now have the ability to do so…all because LBJ did the interview on the network.

    SO…in light of those facts that the media washed out of the details. if he does his next trade using “The Decision” format and it raises another ONE MILLION DOLLARS to benefit kids…..

    I’M TOTALLY COOL WITH THAT

    I challenge ANY of the media pundits or others that had all their opinions to break out ONE MILLION STACKS to benefit a children’s charity…to have him do it in their chosen format.
    ———-

    He could’ve just cut a check for a million. Hell, he could comfortably cut a hundred million dollar check. And if he wants donations, he could throw an event or a dinner. He went about the whole thing terribly.

    And a million isn’t buying that much for any large charitable organization, they have a lot of overhead.

  14. qwertify - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Kurt, gotta start practicing your half-court shot and head on down to South Beach!

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      If I get $75K I don’t care if Eddy Curry tackles me.

  15. rodyaugu - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    This guy will have back problem for the rest of his life, But at least he didn’t get hug tackled by shaq.

  16. hojo20 - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    It’s easy to like LBJ with videos like this.

  17. isujames - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    @roidfagic it is missleading, lebron ran and hugged the lucky fan and the both fell to the ground in jubilation.

  18. mazblast - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Props to LeBron for sharing in the enthusiasm. Kobe would have turned his back on the guy.

  19. BigBeachBall - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Lebron doesnt want to be the closer…. So hes tackling fans to show the role players how happy he’ll be when they hit a game winner…. He does these things because hes got zero charisma in the chamber… Resorting to some lebronism tactics….bring the trophy back to the west where it belongs…

  20. madboss81 - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I hate Lebron but this was cool.

  21. philtration - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Meanwhile the Bulls blow out a very good Golden State team without Rose or Deng and you don’t even mention it.

  22. badintent - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    The West is doomed.Mayans said so.
    But we can have Loser Bowl with Lakers and Celtics to decide which team is the bottom of the over-rated barrel.

  23. badintent - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Everyone know J smooth is smooth in the regular season but come playoff time and in crunch playoff time knows this guy goes invisible . He’ll do his best old Melo act of jacking 3’s and is a major liablity at the line ( hack a smith).

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