The Harlem Globetrotters come out with a smile on the floors of the five continents for an American-style exhibition match. Here the score is secondary. Only style and fun-attitude count. Their open secret: a love of showmanship.
They have swag, the Harlem Globetrotters. In their characteristic style, the basketball players of Windy City, alias Chicago, break the codes of the discipline to offer a show that will blow people's minds. Shattering dunks, surgical precision swish, dizzying dribbles: the aces of the floor, blue jerseys on their backs, dry flutter over the floor to set the game ablaze. Here, every move is a masterstroke, attempted with malice and audacity.
They have the show in their skin, basketball in their heart. With humour and class, the Harlem Globetrotters disconcert basketball lovers, glued to their seats in front of this deluge of technique and good humour. The players, supported by an accomplice referee, use dynamite to create a surprising show.
But if it has crossed generations, it is not only the fruit of their breathtaking voltiges and gags to fall to the ground. For behind the Harlem Globetrotters lies a long history: that of America and discrimination against the African-American community. Created at a time when skin colour could take away any dream of reaching the top level, the team has long established itself as the symbol of a peaceful struggle, changing mentalities according to the flashes of genius of its players. Time passes, morals change. Today, things have nothing to do with it anymore. But the Harlem Globetrotters, giants even in their history, have not given up their trainers. Let the show begin !
While African-American players, who are discriminated against, are not allowed to play in the major leagues, the Harlem Globetrotters join the Negro American Legion League. They participate in their first professional tournaments, combining performance and humour. The results are there, and so is the show.
The NBA opens its doors to players from the African-American community. Chuck Cooper is the first to take the plunge. The Harlem Globetrotters lose their appeal, even though their various exploits contribute, despite everything, to forging their legend. Their style infused into the NBA: the whole history of basketball was being written.
The Harlem Globetrotters inspired a cartoon with the eponymous name, broadcast on CBS, then NBC and TF1. The team then became the star of the small screen, every Saturday morning, travelling the world to conquer the most beautiful victories. This series will have left its mark on a whole generation of basketball apprentices !
This is a great day. The Harlem Globetrotters enter the basketball hall of fame: the Basketball Hall of Fame in Massachusetts. They join the greatest, from Michael Jordan to John Wooden, leaving an indelible mark on the history of modern sports.
It's a real party! They are really funny, they do extraordinary shoots and have fun with the audience. The show is great, with beautiful actions and figures that you don't see in traditional basketball matches. It's a pleasure for the eyes. A must see.
They are born showmen, coupled with exceptional basketball players: seeing an exhibition match of the Harlem Globetrotters is a moment you only live once. It's a sight to behold. Every action is a pretext to make a technical gesture that you can't see anywhere else. In other words, the children and basketball lovers are overjoyed to see this centennial troupe.
Seeing them play on the floors, they are basketball players like any other: giants of the basketball. But for them, it's not the result that counts, only one thing is important: putting on a good show. The Harlem Globetrotters have been renowned in the world of basketball for 90 years.