When the Harlem Globetrotters come to town these gentle giants are hard to miss and miss them we did not as they sat down to talk to Ronn Owens.
Forward Zeus and Guard Scooter joined Owens in-studio to talk about the origins of their unorthodox play style, claiming the early limitations in professional basketball lead to their rise in fame.
“We actually invented the three-point line, the slam dunk, the alley-oop, and the three-man weave,” said Zeus. “Back in the day in the NBA they weren’t allowed to dunk. People go to watch Harlem Globetrotter games because they wanted to be entertained.”
Zeus and Scooter both hold several Guinness World Records for their showmanship but their favorite part is the joy their showmanship brings to the fans.
“You wont remember the score thats for sure,”said Scooter. “We choose to do this because everybody has the right attitude, we love making people smile, and we can go anywhere and we’re always the home team.”
Zeus said he hadn’t even heard of the team until he was pitted against them as a Washington General. That’s when he realized the positive impact the team had on the world and he knew that’s where he wanted to end up.
“I had never heard about them growing up, I had seen them on Scooby-Doo but I didn’t realize they were a real team,” said Zeus. “I saw the global impact that they had, and everywhere that they go they make people feel good. It doesn’t matter what the weather is outside,you come into those area doors and immediately you feel good about yourself.”
The duo even stayed around after to show Owens how to spin a ball on his finger.
The Harlem Globetrotters will be performing at Oracle over the next two Saturdays. You can buy your tickets here.