HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS BRING BASKETBALLâ€™S FIRST-EVER
4-POINT SHOT TO GRAND FORKS
Basketballâ€™s most prolific innovators push sport forward once again;
Game-changing 4-pointer to make its mark at Alerus Center in Grand Forks on April 9
GRAND FORKS â€“ The Harlem Globetrotters, who have contributed more innovations to the game of basketball than any other team in history, have implemented the first-ever 4-point shot as part of all of its games on the teamâ€™s 2011 â€œ4 Times the Funâ€ North American tour, the teamâ€™s record 85th season of touring.
This game-changing innovation will be on display when the Globetrotters take on the Washington Generals at Alerus Center on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets, starting at $20.50, will go on sale Friday, January 7 at 10:00 a.m. at www.ticketmaster.com, the Alerus Center box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
â€œThe Globetrotters have been at the forefront of basketballâ€™s evolution throughout the sportâ€™s history,â€ said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. â€œFrom the alley-oop to the slam dunk to the behind-the-back pass, the Globetrotters have long brought innovations to basketball that are now staples of the game, and weâ€™re confident the 4-point shot will change the game of basketball going forward.â€
Throughout the 2011 North American tour, which will travel to 220 cities in 46 U.S. States and six Canadian provinces between December 26 and April 17, every Globetrotters game will now feature two designated 4-point shooting spots on each side of midcourt, each located 35 feet from the basket (the spots are 12 feet beyond the NBAâ€™s official 3-point line). The 4-point option is expected to further open up the playing floor for the Globetrotters as well as their opponents, the Generals, and is expected to generate even more high-scoring action and competitive play.
â€œBring it,â€ said Washington Generals President Red Klotz, whose team has not beaten the Globetrotters since January 1971, when Klotz himself sank a game-winning shot in Martin, TN. â€œLong-range marksmanship is a Generals trademark, and weâ€™ve already installed several new plays to take advantage of the 4-pointer. If anything, this only makes us stronger.â€
â€œI only wish they had this shot when I was playing,â€ said Globetrotter Legend Curly Neal, one of only five Globetrotters in history to have his jersey number retired. â€œI could have lit up that scoreboard all night long.â€
Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, Howard Johnson Hotels, Americaâ€™s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters continue a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages.
Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fansâ€”among them popes, kings, queens, and presidentsâ€”over more than eight thrilling decades.