Michael Drysch, the Miami Heat fan who sank an amazing half-court shot and won $75,000, appeared on “Good Morning America” on Jan. 28 to talk about LeBron James and the basket that scored waves of national attention this weekend. Sam Champion from “GMA” interviewed Drysch on Monday morning and got the personal details of how it all played out last Friday at the American Airlines Arena.
The Miami Heat fan explained that he was one of 30,000 people to enter a Carmex contest on LeBron’s website. “I was fortunate enough to be picked,” Drysch stated on “GMA.” After the random selection, the LeBron James Family Foundation flew the 50-year-old winner from Illinois to Miami. Beforehand, Drysch practiced the shot for two days, but sank it just once. He told Sam Champion that none of his friends knew that he could play basketball, much less sink an incredible shot from the half-court mark. He kept practicing, but held out little hope of actually sinking it. However, he did indeed make it after sending an awkward hook shot high through the air.
While Michael Drysch was taking his shot, the Miami Heat players were conferring on the sidelines. After sinking the half-court basket, towering 6’8” LeBron James flew onto the court and literally tackled Drysch to help the Miami Heat fan celebrate his $75,000 shot. On “Good Morning America, Drysch, who referred to LeBron James as “King James,” said the greeting was great and that he always wanted to meet the Miami Heat superstar forward. After spending a few moments on the court with the stunned winner, LeBron returned to the team huddle to prepare for the start of the fourth quarter.
Drysch appeared on “GMA” with his oversized check for $75,000, but did not say how he intends to spend his winnings. Champion challenged the winner to sink a shot from behind the "GMA"weather map. He did so on his third try saying, “Third time’s a charm!”
Since sinking the half-court shot at the Miami Heat game, Michael Drysch has become an Internet and TV sensation. Different versions of his award-winning shot have been viewed more than 100,000 times on YouTube and have been played extensively on ESPN and major networks.
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