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Trotting into town


Old gags and new abound for world-renowned basketball tricksters

Rod Lott January 18th, 2011

It wasn’t long ago that the Harlem Globetrotters last trotted through town, but when they return at 2 p.m. Sunday, they’re bringing something new: “the first-ever 4-point shot.”

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It wasn’t long ago that the Harlem Globetrotters last trotted through town, but when they return at 2 p.m. Sunday, they’re bringing something new: “the first-ever 4-point shot.”

With basketball’s crown princes slated to play against the Washington Generals at the Oklahoma City Arena, 100 W. Reno, the 4-point shot is made from 35 feet from the basket (see diagram). If you want to appear smart, tell your kids that’s 12 feet more than the NBA’s official 3-point line.

For further “wow, Dad!” effect, marvel your children with these handy nuggets of Globetrotters trivia:

—“When they starred in the 1981 telefilm ‘The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island,’ they didn’t really go there. Because Gilligan is a fictional character, see. He’s not real.”

—“They hear ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ in their sleep, y’know.”

—“White men can’t jump, that’s why.” Tickets start at $19. For more information, call 800-745-3000 or visit theokcarena.com. —Rod Lott

 
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