Harlem Globetrotters Entertain Fans at Honda Center

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Hi-Lite Bruton dunks. (John Salangsang/Harlem Globetrotters)

Hi-Lite Bruton dunks. (John Salangsang/Harlem Globetrotters)

The world known Harlem Globetrotters put on a show for fans of all ages at the Honda Center on Saturday.

If you want entertainment of all sorts such as basketball, comedy, dancing and an interactive show, then going to watch the Harlem Globetrotters in person will be the perfect outing.

Before the game started, the Master of Ceremony (MC) and mascot, Globe, started by putting a mini show for the fans who were already in their seats and for those who were just arriving. These two engaged the audience by making kids and young adults dance to current songs and the older crowd to dance to old school music. I had mixed emotions, as I danced to both since I knew both of the songs. Overall, they served as the ideal opening act.

I completely enjoyed the segment when they had three adults on the court and had a dance off. They all did pretty well and of course looked a bit foolish dancing but that is all part of the show. The winner made an attempt to do the worm dance and it look hilarious.

When the game started, the player called Big Easy was mic’d up and started making fun of the referee and the opposing players as everyone in the arena was able to hear him. The sense of humor had a little bit of everything for the kids and for adults.

The Harlem Globetrotters played against the World All-Stars. The game was not your typical basketball game, as they had a 4-point shot and had different rules each quarter. These rules had been voted online for the first three quarters and the fans had to vote for the fourth quarter rule; that happened during the game.

The first rule was called the Trick Shot Challenge. The opposing coach has three challenges for that quarter and makes a player of the Harlem Globetrotters make a trick shot. The shot is worth 5 points if the trick shot can be completed. If not, then the opposing team gets the five points. This is exciting because you do not know what the trick shot will be or even how they will try to make it.

A big part of making the game fun and different is the involvement of the fans during the game since you do not know what will happen at any given moment. In this particular game, you had a purse stolen, water and confetti thrown to the audience, some kisses given and taken, and plenty of clapping and high fiving all around.

Miss or Make was the name of the second rule for the second quarter. This rule consisted of both teams starting off with two players and once you made a basket you get a player added to your team but if you missed a shot you lose a player. This is for the whole quarter and it gets interesting because you can have a big advantage or disadvantage depending on how many shots are made or missed.

During the breaks of the quarters, you had contestants from the audience participate on games to win gifts and they also had some giveaways for the fans.

The third rule was called the Hot Hand Jersey. What the rule entails is whoever is wearing the hot hand jersey and they score a basket, then they count it as double the points. The teams try to give the ball to that particular player to take advantage of the rule.

As the game is about to enter the fourth quarter, they get the audience engaged as they had us vote for the final rule – which took place in the fourth quarter. Drum roll please? The audience voted for Trick Shot Challenge. It just makes sense because we wanted to see trick shots not seen in a typical basketball game.

After all the dunks, acrobats, shots, and humor, the game came to an end. What the audience witnessed was pure entertainment for all ages and got engaged with the show not only by being participants of a skit of the show, but by clapping, dancing, laughing, and enjoying everything the Harlem Globetrotters have to offered.

Oh yes, almost forgot, there was a game and the Harlem Globetrotters won, 115-90.

Marvin Granados is a Contributing Writer for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle, entertainment and sports.
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