The Harlem Globetrotters dunked and dazzled as their North American tour made a stop at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum last week. The Globtrotters danced, slid, and tricked their way by the Global Select, whom they play now since the Washington Generals moniker has been retired.

Before the teams took to the court, the Globetrotters’ emcee and dancers entertained the crowd and even invited a couple of people sitting court side to dance with them on the court.

Once the Globetrotters made their way onto the court, they were passing the ball amongst themselves and doing tricks to their famous theme song “Sweet Georgia Brown”  as the players were introduced. Just before tip off, Globetrotters ‘showman’ Big Easy (who was mic’d up for the game) told one opposing player to have a good game and turned to another opposing player and told him to have “the worst game of his life.”

As the game was set to start, Globetrotter players were asking the crowd to make some noise. After the crowd didn’t make enough noise for their liking Big Easy, jokingly, threatened to go to Kitchener if the crowd didn’t make more noise the second time around.

The game was played with a different rule each quarter, in the first quarter, the rule was that there were four-point zones on the court. The second quarter was played with all points worth double, a regular two-point shot was worth four and three-pointers were worth six. The third quarter had two balls in play for the first two minutes, the balls were pink in support of breast cancer. The fourth quarter’s rule change was selected by applause of the crowd and was a repeat of the first quarter.

The Globetrotters’ show is geared towards younger kids, but was entertaining for all ages. Throughout the show, Globetrotters players would grab a kid from the audience and involve them in one of their antics and would give them a jersey or a ball for their participation. After the game, the Globetrotters players stayed on the court for a picture and autograph session with fans.

Shawn McGuire is a Montreal-born and now Hamilton-based journalist who enjoys covering news in the Steel City. He’s a sports fan, vegan, music enthusiast, & vinyl record lover.

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