Harlem Globetrotter Shoots Hoops From Top Of Madison Square Garden

NewsflarePublished: December 12, 2017166 views
Published: December 12, 2017

A Harlem Globetrotter player made the shot of a lifetime Tuesday when he sunk a basket from the roof of Madison Square Garden into a net on the ground and 120 feet away. It was 30-year-old Zeus McClurkin, who had never been chosen for basketball teams from the seventh to tenth grades, despite trying out dozens of times, is seen on the video yelling a hearty “Woop!” when he made the shot.

Zeus broke a world record on November 12, 2015 for making the most basketball slam dunks, when he managed to get 15 in one minute!

The Globetrotters began as the Savoy Big Five in the 1920s. They were one of the premier attractions of the Savoy Ballroom opened in November 1927, a basketball team of African-American players that played exhibitions before dances.

After several players left the team in 1928, the rest of them, led by Tommy Brookins, formed a team called the "Globe Trotters" and toured Southern Illinois that spring. Abe Saperstein became involved with the team as its manager and promoter. By 1929, Saperstein was touring Illinois and Iowa with his basketball team called the "New York Harlem Globe Trotters".

Saperstein selected Harlem, New York, New York, as their home city since Harlem was considered the center of African-American culture at the time and an out-of-town team name would give the team more of a mystique. In fact, the Globetrotters did not play in Harlem until 1968, four decades after the team's formation.

While parts of their modern exhibition games are pre-planned, the games themselves are not fixed.

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