The Lead-Up to Chase Center: Harlem Globetrotters

Jan 7, 2020/CHASE CENTER

For over 90 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have delighted audiences with their unique blend of basketball and entertainment. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have not only captivated fans, but have also pushed the boundaries of what is possible for a basketball team.

In 1940, the Globetrotters won their first World Professional Basketball Tournament. Then in 1948 and 1949, the Globetrotters stunned the world by twice defeating the World Champion Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA. The Globetrotters were socially influential and quickly became recognized as the world’s best basketball team, showing that African-Americans could excel on a professional level. The Globetrotters are also basketball innovators, popularizing the slam dunk, the fast break, and even inventing a whole new shot. In 2010, the Globetrotters introduced the first-ever 4-point shot, a shot located 30 feet from the basket – almost 7 feet beyond the NBA’s three-point arc.

The Globetrotters are no strangers to the Golden State Warriors. In 2017, Klay Thompson attempted the 4-point shot and in 2018, the Globetrotters paid a visit to Stephen Curry. Recently, Warriors rookie forward Eric Pashcall joined the Globetrotters on their routine and they attempted to teach him some of their basketball wizardry.

The Harlem Globetrotters will be making their Chase Center debut with a pair of shows on Saturday, January 11. The Globetrotters’ San Francisco appearance is a part of a seven-game swing through the Bay Area. It's not too late to get in on the magic and grab tickets to the 2:00 p.m. show or the 7:00 p.m. show and get ready to enjoy a memorable night of basketball.