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Globetrotters entertain fans at Olympic Center

February 27, 2012
MARGARET MORAN , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Harlem Globetrotters had the crowd laughing and clapping at their humorous antics on the court on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Herb Brooks Arena.

"I think it's absolutely hysterical," said Erin Perkins, of Lake Placid. "We've been cracking up since we sat down."

Players garnered laughs from the large crowd with jokes such as mimicking the referee, tearing off the other team's uniforms and switching out the basketball for a beach ball all the while playing some basketball.

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Globetrotter Handles Franklin, left, dances on the court with Evan Griffith, of Plattsburgh, during the team's Feb. 21 performance in Lake Placid.

Photo/Richard Rosentreter/Lake Placid News

"They are wicked, wicked basketball players," Perkins said.

The Harlem Globetrotters showed off their basketball skills by performing slam dunks, making shots from the three-point line and passing the ball off to each other in rapid succession, ultimately allowing them to win the game.

"The family just loves the basketball, loves the whole humor, everything about the Globetrotters, the whole presentation that they do," said Ron Brenner, of Lake Placid.

Part of that presentation included the players dancing on the court.

"I like their dancing," said Nicole Lewis, of Lake Placid. "I think they're just as good dancers as they are basketball players, and Handles (one of the players) has that signature move. That's my favorite part, Handles' move."

Evan Griffith, 8, of Plattsburgh, got a chance to dance with Handles on the court during the game.

He said it was "fun" and then broke into a grin.

"It just blew my mind way out," said Griffith's mom, Alana Hood, about seeing her son dancing with the Harlem Globetrotters. "I just thought it was an extremely neat opportunity."

Others in the crowd - both children and adults - also got to join in the antics of the team by shooting some hoops, dancing and having a laughing contest with them.

"It's great," said Tom Gavin, of Lake Placid, who brought his mom and children to the game. "It's a lot of fun. The kids are loving it."

"It's great family fun," said Lewis, who was at the game with her family. "A show for the whole family."

Brenner also brought his family to the game, but this wasn't the first time they were seeing the Harlem Globetrotters in action.

"We come every year whenever they're in Lake Placid," Brenner said. "This is the third time we've seen them, and we'll keep on coming as long as they keep coming."



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