October 5, 2012 in Professional
The New York Times reports that the famous Harlem Globetrotters will play the first pro basketball game in the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, home to the recently relocated Brooklyn Nets, on Sunday:
To build excitement for the team’s first game in Brooklyn, five members of the Globetrotters, including Franklin, Paul Sturgess (the 7-foot-8 center), Fatima Maddox (the Temple star), Donte Harrison (a Brooklyn native) and Brawley Chisolm, will march across the Brooklyn Bridge.
As the team makes its way across the bridge, they will be spinning pink basketballs to promote breast cancer awareness, and when they arrive in Brooklyn, the borough president Marty Markowitz will be there to welcome them, and to declare Oct. 7, the date of the game, as “Globetrotter Day.”
How is that connected to Michigan, you ask? Well, the Globetrotters currently have two Detroiters on their roster — Prince Johnson, who played at Oakland Community College (Note: I’m not positive what his real first name is — perhaps Giovanni Johson, who was listed on OCC’s roster in 2005-06), and Will ‘Bull’ Bullard, who played college basketball for Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Just one more random example of basketball players from Michigan being involved in a ‘first.’