By Michael Williams
The high flying comedic antics and basketball wizardry of the world renowned Harlem Globetrotters is coming to the Thompson Boling Sports Arena in Knoxville on March 18.
The Globetrotters are now in their 88th year and the new season features a new concept in which the fans can write the rules of the game.
“The fans can go to the web Site www.harlemglobetrotters.com and vote on which rules we will use in the game,” said Globetrotter Thunder Law. “The fans can vote up until game time and the team members won’t know the rules until game time. You can’t prepare for it.”
Fans can vote on two ball basketball, six on five basketball, the trick shot challenge and other options at the web Site. The four shot rule will be in effect as well. The four point shot is made from 35 feet away from the hoop.
Law grew up watching the Globetrotters on television and always dreamed of joining the team. He realized his ambition in 2013 in grand fashion. Law christened his rookie season by smashing the official Guinness World Records® record for the longest basketball shot – connecting from 109 feet 9 inches at US Airways Center in Phoenix as part of the ninth annual Guinness World Records Day on Nov. 14, 2013. Law bested the old mark by 5 feet 2 inches.
“It’s been a great experience,” said Law. “I have met some of the legends of the Globetrotters such as Curly Neal and Meadowlark Lemon. We have become good friends and both of them have given me pointers.”
When not dazzling fans with his basketball expertise, Law appears at schools across the nation where he volunteers his time reaching out to kids in need. Law appeared at a school in Greenville, North Carolina recently to speak out about bullying.
“There is so much we do off the court that many people are not aware of,” said Law. “I love being out there helping out in the community.”
The Globetrotters will be playing Tuesday March 18th at Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville. Tip-off is 7 p.m. For more information visit the web site at www.tbarena.com.