Harlem Globetrotters flash hoop magic in rainstorm
MUNICH, Aug. 11 — Playing in the rain is nothing new to the Harlem Globetrotters, who demonstrated their hoop magic before 9,000 German and American fans on a puddled concrete court in Munich Thursday night during their EC premiere. They've played basketball under so many bizarre conditions during their travels through European countries that they hardly give such minor inconveniences a thought.
"It rained 25 out of 33 days we played out of doors in France," says Trotter guard Marques Haynes, who earns his fame and fortune with his dribbling trickery, "but the show went right on."
The Trotters, now on a 10-day tour of the EC, give their performance in foul weather or fair, on wooden or cement. courts, indoors or outdoors.
"In the French city of Nimes," Haynes recalls, "we played in a bull ring built by the Romans almost 2,000 years ago and in the bull-fighting city of Barcelona, we played on a tennis court."
So unpredictable are the playing conditions, in fact, that Haynes recently insured his knees for $50,000 with Lloyds of London.
The little guard explains that his knees are constantly skinned during the fast Trotter play even though he wears specially-constructed guards.
The Trotters, fresh from victories over the Boston Whirlwinds before enthusiastic crowds in Munich and Nurnberg, continue their tour this week with exhibitions in Mannheim, Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Bremen.
And,while no one is sure just what weather conditions they'll encounter, the Trotters are guaranteeing that the basketball show will go on.