Harlem Globetrotters wow crowd of hundreds of Northlanders

By KBJR News 1

April 13, 2014 Updated Apr 13, 2014 at 11:21 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Harlem Globetrotters brought athleticism, theater, and comedy to the Amsoil Arena at the DECC in Duluth on Sunday.

However, this visit was unlike any other to the Northland for the superstar team.

"This is not a basketball," said a referee at the Globetrotters game on Sunday.

"What is it?" said Big Easy.

"It's my head," said the ref.

"That's your head?"

Although the visit was brief, the world–famous Harlem Globetrotters bounced their way in and out of Duluth on Sunday.

"Lalala, switch, lalalala lalalalala," sang the team as they danced up and down the court holding a little fan's hand.

"As soon as you step out here and you see those smiling kids and those smiling parents, and grandparents, by the way, you kind of get the chills," said Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blake.

The team of tricksters is in their final week of their annual North American tour, which began in December.

Since then, they've played 320 games in 250 cities, 48 states, six Canadian provinces, and Puerto Rico.

"Take this ball, I want you to go around your back, then take the ball and go between your legs, then take and do this and do that... now it's your turn," said one of the Globetrotters as he showed some tricks to a member of the audience.

The 'trotters say it's the energy from the crowd that keeps them going.

"The energy comes over you and you feel like you could play another 30 games in a row," said Buckets.

Buckets is in his twelfth season, and in that time has played in Duluth eight times.

However, he says this time was particularly unique.

"There's some cool rules that you can vote for and they'll manifest themselves throughout each quarter," he said.

"Make or miss that is the new rule so let's get it started!"

Before the game fans can go online or tweet in about rules that they'd like to see the Globetrotters follow throughout the game.

"You can vote for six on five, you can vote for playing with two basketballs at the same time," said Buckets.

"Two basketballs at one time. Do it again!" yelled the MC.

The Harlem Globetrotter team was organized back in 1927, bringing in fans young and old for decades at a time.

For super–fan Kadin, the experience is one to treasure.

"They do really silly stuff and I like when they go on the rim," said Kadin.

Although Kadin is only six, he's already been seeing the Globetrotters annually.

"I've seen them since I was like... three."

He says they're by far his favorite team.

Maybe someday this super fan will be the next super star...

The Harlem Globetrotters are also partnered with a number of organizations to help those in need around the world.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com