Harlem Globetrotters bring slam dunk fun to the Valley

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By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- This weekend, the Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their slam dunk family fun to the Valley.

The world famous basketball entertainers will bring their A-game to the US Airways Center in Phoenix on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and to Gila River Arena in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m., during the Harlem Globetrotters 2015 "Washington Generals' Revenge" Tour. 

The Globetrotters will play a portion of each game with a camouflage basketball to pay respect to military service members, and will recognize a special Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero at the game. Fans are encouraged to nominate any active, wounded or retired members of the military who have made their community proud with their brave service and exemplary character.

Harlem Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin joined Good Morning Arizona this morning, sharing his story of perseverance and the value of a smile.

"I loved to play basketball, I just wasn’t any good," McClurkin said. "I was the type of guy that would line up at the free-throw line, talk to the opposing player and be like, ‘hey man, you’re having a good game.’ If I fouled somebody, I would apologize. The coaches hated that, they said I need a mean streak, and I never developed that."

McClurkin was cut from every basketball team he played for from 7th grade through 10th grade. He kept pushing, though, and eventually made the team his junior and senior years in high school.

"I was just this kid who loved to smile and dunk, and now I get paid to smile and dunk," he said.

Tickets to the games start at $18. Visit harlemglobetrotters.com for more information.

Harlem Globetrotters
US Airways Center, Phoenix - Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Gila River Arena, Glendale - Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
harlemglobetrotters.com