Globetrotters playing a little closer to home
by Andrew Pavia
Sep 19, 2012 | 747 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the Harlem Globetrotters prepare to play their first basketball game in the Barclays Center next month, a few members of the team took a ride on the Long Island Railroad to get a glimpse of the new arena.

Immediately after exiting the train, five members of the team performed some of their basketball tricks in the Atlantic Avenue terminal.

Brooklyn’s own Donte “Hammer” Harrison has been playing on the Globetrotters for four years. When asked what he is most excited about regarding the new Barclays Center, he said he can't wait to play in front of his family at home again.

Hammer went to Fort Hamilton High School and said that he only began a career in basketball because he was tall and wanted to get into sports. He figured basketball was the right fit, and almost a decade later this Brooklyn native is heading to France to play professional basketball.

He said that Madison Square Garden has a certain feel to it but, “We’re going to start something new here.”

“We're going to be the fits basketball team to play in the Barclays center and we're gong to break it in and have a good time,” said Harrison

Two members of the team posed with a little boy who was to shy to approach the tall basketball players. However, after showing the young fan how they can spin basketballs on their fingertips, he was mesmerized.

Those watching were just amazed that the Harlem Globetrotters will be adding Brooklyn to their world tour.

“It's such an honor to be here back in Brooklyn, because when I was growing up we didn't have a place to go to see such big events,” said Harrison.
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