Black History Month Spotlight: Harlem Globetrotters (Video)

Harlem Globetrotter Marcus Haines

What do you know about the team they call “The Team That Changed the World?”  Did you know that they not only were magicians of the basketball court, but they, arguably, were the reason why the NBA has any black players today.   Growing up, all we knew of the Harlem Globetrotters is that they were phenomenal entertainers on the basketball court.  We never thought any team would be crazy enough to actually try to play them because every time they did, they would make a fool out of them.  But, one instrumental game that opened up the basketball association was the Minneapolis Lakers vs. the Harlem Globetrotters.

That’s right!  Long before there was any Los Angeles Lakers, there was the Minneapolis Lakers.  The Lakers was an all-white team that had a Shaquille O’Neal long before he was ever a twinkle in his Mama’s eye.  George Mikan was one of the most dominant, big man players in the game that collided with Globetrotter Marcus Haines, during one of the most instrumental games in basketball history.  This game would open the minds of America and change the game forever. 

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