I said a hip hop a hippie to the hippie to the Harlem to the hip hip hop you don’t stop a globe rockin to the bang bang boogie trotters say up jumps the boogie to the rhythm of the boogity basketball beat.
That about sums up a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game.
The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater and comedy. The acts often feature incredible coordination and skillful handling of one or more basketballs, such as passing or juggling balls between players, balancing or spinning balls on their fingertips, and making unusual, difficult shots.
The Globetrotters started in Chicago, Illinois in the 1920s, where a 24-year-old businessman named Abe Saperstein formed a small basketball team called the Savoy Big Five. He was just trying to promote a nightclub called the Savoy Ballroom, but in just a few years the team had played over 1,000 games around the country and become the Harlem Globetrotters.
They decided to pick Harlem as their home city since Harlem was considered the center of African-American culture at the time, and an out-of-town team name would give the team more of a mystique. The Globetrotters were initially a serious competitive team, and despite a flair for entertainment, they would only clown for the audience after establishing a safe lead in the game.
In 1941, the Globetrotters signed Reece “Goose” Tatum, an all-time great who developed amazing comedy moves and changed the direction of the team. By the end of the war the Globetrotters had played an incredible 30,000 games (losing only 2190) and were featured on the cover of Life magazine. Those were remarkable achievements at a time when America was deeply segregated by race. The team toured the world, breaking cultural and social barriers along with basketball records. They were the first team to play basketball in Europe.
The Globetrotters have appeared in their own movies and TV shows and have been seen by hundreds of millions of people in 120 countries. They are simply the most famous basketball team in the world.
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WHAT: The Harlem Globetrotters
WHEN: February 18 – February 19 | 1 pm and 7 pm
WHERE: Honda Center Anaheim | Staples Center Los Angeles
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