On Tuesday night, though, an actual movie and TV star stepped up to represent the Atlanta Hawks and rocked social media. Your eyes did not deceive you; that was Jami Gertz — the “Lost Boys,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Less than Zero” and “Twister” actress who told Elaine Benes, “I can’t spare a square” in a famous bathroom scene on “Seinfeld.” It seemed odd that she was making the pick, but there’s a good reason for it: Her husband, Tony Ressler, became principal owner of the Hawks in 2015.
“A lot of pressure,” Gertz told the Atlanta Journal Constitution of her starring role in the draft, “and I’ve had a lot of pressure in my life. I’ve done live theater. You’ve got to come up with the goods night after night, which is a lot of pressure. Tony Ressler seems to feel like I’m his gal.”
Ressler and Gertz have been married since 1989, and Ressler, who is the founder of private equity firms and has a net worth estimated at (give or take) $2 billion, is a part-owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. Gertz admitted before the lottery that she was “excited” and “a little bit superstitious,” often tucking something red for good luck “around my brassiere” during auditions. Although she said she might do “a little bit of yoga breathing in the morning to calm myself down,” she said she was “excited for what’s to come. It’s the unknown. It’s scary, but it’s exciting.”
The Hawks, according to the AJC, had the fourth-best odds of winning the top pick (13.7) and a 42.6 percent chance of a top-three selection. So … how did she do? Well, she passed her audition. The Phoenix Suns won the first pick in the June 21 draft, but Gertz came through with the No. 3 pick and, in the process, had people on social media buzzing about the Hawks.
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