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gameface_one
10-11-2007, 10:27 AM
Globetrotters in Harlem after 20 years


Reuters

NEW YORK - The Harlem Globetrotters ended one of the longest road trips in basketball history on Tuesday, playing in the traditionally black New York neighborhood of Harlem for the first time in 20 years.

The comedy-and-hoops Globetrotters extended their perpetual winning streak over longtime foils the Washington Generals, 54-50, before nearly 500 students at the Harlem Armory Center.

It was only the third time the enduring comedy-and-hoops franchise has played in Harlem. The Globetrotters previously played in Harlem in 1987 and 1968.

The game, a dress rehearsal for the upcoming "Magic as Ever" tour, featured Globetrotters such as "Special K," "The Blenda" and "Sweet Pea" and marked the first meeting between the Globetrotters and Generals since 1995.

"I love it," said Tex Harrison, 74, a Globetrotter from 1954 to 1972. "The memories always come back."

The Globetrotters' ran through their usual tricks of sinking very long shots, funny dribbling and the always crowd-pleasing water-bucket routine -- in which a bucket of confetti is tossed onto the people in the stands.

Their all-time record of 22,534 wins and 345 losses is mostly against intentionally incompetent foils like the Generals and the New York Nationals, a spokesman said.

The 81-year-old team is trying to keep up with the times, launching a reality show next year searching for the next Globetrotter, said Kurt Schneider, chief executive of the team.

"We want someone who's a great basketball player, entertainer and citizen. ... We will look at potential Globetrotters from all over the world so long as they fit the criteria," he said.

The Globetrotters also held what they called their first "draft," selecting five players in June to compete for a role on the team. Among them was Sun Ming Ming, a 7-foot-9 (2.36-metre) player from China.

The 150-city tour runs from November to April. It opens November 15 with a four-game stand in Sacramento, California.

Emon74
02-27-2009, 09:23 PM
A Bit of Trivia:

January 7, 1927 was when the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game before a crowd of 300 at the high school gymnasium of Hinckley, Illinois.

The Globetrotters performed their act here in 1982 at the Araneta Coliseum and I remember they last visited in 1988 as Harlem Ambassadors.

gameface_one
05-23-2009, 08:05 AM
Globetrotters promise better tricks, treat
By Nelson Beltran Updated May 23, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar.com


Photo shows Jermaine ‘Hi-rise’ Brown clinging upside down on the ring during the Trotters exhibition. AP
MANILA, Philippines – The Harlem Globetrotters, in town for a series of shows, vow to bring joy and laughter as they play three games versus the Washington Generals tomorrow and Monday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Globies arrived Thursday, raring to dish out an even better set of tricks than the ones they put up in Malaysia and Singapore before coming here.

“The craziest athletes in the world are here. I encourage everybody to come out and have a good time,” said Harlem Globetrotter legend Sweet Lou Dunbar, now head coach of the team in his 29th year with the organization.

Dunbar, a University of Houston Hall of Famer, was the most popular showman in the team that last performed in Manila in 1991.

He encouraged even the oldies to watch the games, saying the Harlem Globetrotters have kept on reinventing themselves.

“Like anything else, we moved on with the times. Basketball would never change and we still do traditional things but, of course, we have transformed, modernizing our game,” said Dunbar in a press conference at Dusit Hotel in Makati yesterday.

Aside from joy and laughter, Dunbar said there will be the competition.

“We beat them (the Generals) by eight in Malaysia and beat them pretty badly in Singapore. They’re surely eager to pull one over us here in Manila but we’re determined to keep on winning. A Harlem Globetrotters loss is like shooting Santa Claus,” said Dunbar.

“The Washington Generals coach is trying to cheat us. Watch out for that,” Dunbar said, hinting at a special treat.

Dunbar also hinted at their usual tricks to the crowd.

“We still throw confetti and water to the crowd. Watch out which comes first,” he said.

Max Entertainment and Solar Entertainment have teamed up to bring the Harlem Globetrotters back in Manila for the first time in 18 years.

Heading the cast are Big Easy Lofton, Skyscraper Alleyne, Flight Time Lang, Bull Bullard, Sweat Pea Shine, Slick Willie Shaw, Airport Greenup, General Grant and Hi Rise Brown.

Ahead of their Big Dome shows, the Globetrotters will also be in and around town making several appearances on TV and radio as well as mall tour today. They will be visiting SM North EDSA, Trinoma, Gateway, Robinsons Galleria, SM Megamall, The Podium, Shangri-La Mall and SM Mall of Asia from 2-5 p.m.

Solar Entertainment is chronicling the Harlem Globetrotters’ Philippine experience in a funny and action-packed one-hour TV special that will be aired in June on C/S9 and Basketball TV.

The Harlem Globetrotters Live in Manila is sponsored by Dusit Hotel, Pioneer Insurance and Sun Cellular. The games are set at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow and 7 p.m. on Monday.