When you think about the Harlem Globetrotters names like "Meadowlark" Lemon, "Goose" Tatum and "Sweetwater" Clifton come to mind. It's as much of a show as it is a basketball game.
High-flying dunks, the basketball on a string trick and the water-in-a-bucket routine are all trademarks of the Globetrotters. The tricks may be the same but it's the personalities that make each game so enjoyable.
In 1941, before the start of WWII, the Globetrotters signed Reece "Goose" Tatum who fused comedy and entertainment with the game of basketball. By the time the war ended the Globetrotters had played roughly 30,000 games, winning close to 28,000.
The Globetrotters have been able to bridge social and cultural barriers through the sport of basketball as they performed a sold-out tour throughout Russia during the Cold War.
Those who attended the Dothan Civic Center tonight to watch the Globetrotters frequently uttered ooh's and ahh's at electric rim-rattling dunks and fancy passes. Adults laughed like their children and their children laughed even harder.
Tonight's "Clown Prince" was Nate "Big Easy" Lofton. The Clown Prince is the showman of the Globetrotter game. Lofton played his college ball at Southeastern Louisiana University, graduating in 2005.
The atmosphere of tonight's Globetrotter game was palpable with constant fan interaction and comedy for all ages.