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Sport Harlem Globetrotters legend dies

05:05  27 march  2020
05:05  27 march  2020 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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The world famous Harlem Globetrotters announced today that the team will honor current head coach and former point guard great Jimmy Blacklock as a Globetrotter Legend , the team’s highest honor short of jersey retirement, at their February 28 stop in Austin, Texas

Neal starred for the legendary traveling basketball showcase from 1963 until 1985 and was well known for his shaved head and dribbling skills. Neal played more than 6,000 games for the Harlem Globetrotters and traveled to 97 countries during his 22-year career.

a person on a court: Curly Neal was known as a dribbling wizard. © Getty Curly Neal was known as a dribbling wizard. Fred "Curly" Neal, the dribbling wizard who entertained millions with the Harlem Globetrotters for parts of three decades, has died. He was 77.

The Globetrotters said Neal died in his home outside of Houston on Thursday morning.

"We have lost one of the most genuine human beings the world has ever known," Globetrotters general manager Jeff Munn said in a statement on Twitter. "Curly's basketball skill was unrivaled by most, and his warm heart and huge smile brought joy to families worldwide."

Neal played for the Globetrotters from 1963-85, appearing in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries for the exhibition team known for its combination of comedy and athleticism. He became one of five Globetrotters to have his jersey retired when his No. 22 was lifted to the rafters during a special ceremony at Madison Square Garden in 2008.

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The beloved Harlem Globetrotter legend was 77-years old. Globetrotters GM Jeff Munn confirmed the news. After college, Fred "Curly" Neal started playing with the Harlem Globe Trotters . As for never playing in the NBA, Curly never really gave it much thought after getting an invitation to join the

Tragic day for the basketball community beloved Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred "Curly" Neal has passed away. Fellow Globetrotters legend Curley "Boo" Johnson mourned the loss of his friend on Twitter, saying "Last night the World lost a true ambassador of the game of basketball and outside

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Neal was a crowd favorite with his trademark shaved head, infectious smile and ability to dribble circles around would-be defenders. He was a key player during the Globetrotters' most popular era in the '70s and '80s, appearing on TV shows and specials like "The Ed Sullivan Show," "Love Boat" and "Gilligan's Island."

Neal and the Globetrotters also appeared in numerous TV commercials, episodes of "Scooby-Doo" and had their own cartoon series.

"Hard to express how much joy Curly Neal brought to my life growing up. RIP to a legend," Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr tweeted.

Neal was inducted into the Globetrotters' Legends ring in 1993 © Getty Neal was inducted into the Globetrotters' Legends ring in 1993

Neal was a star high school player in Greensboro, North Carolina, and led Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association title after averaging 23 points per game as a senior. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in a 2008 class that included North Carolina coach Roy Williams.

Neal also was inducted into the Globetrotters' Legends ring in 1993 and continued to make appearances for them as an "Ambassador of Goodwill."

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