The Harlem GlobeTrotters have not finished looking for an answer to their manifesto or their request for an NBA franchise but without a response to their letter yet, the Globies are looking to get back to work “Spreading Game”.
Jeff Munn, executive vice president and general manager of the GlobeTrotters, said they are still looking to become an NBA franchise and are just getting started.
“We just started this campaign, it wasn’t a hit,” Munn said at the press conference. “It was a statement. The Harlem GlobeTrotters, in 1948 and ’49 we beat the world champions. Himself. We went there and dominated. The second game, no contest. We have beaten the world champion twice. The NBA used to use the Harlem GlobeTrotters just to get people through the door because they weren’t attracting fans. People weren’t interested, but they loved the GlobeTrotters.
“Over time, the NBA started to take our players,” he continued. “And wouldn’t give us a franchise. But they took our players. We helped them build the league and they took our players. Where is the fairness in that? “
Munn says they are trying to get in touch with the NBA commissioner and have done everything possible to publicize their efforts publicly and there is hope they will have a conversation with the commissioner.
“Our foot is on the gas,” Munn said. “Because, again, it’s not a stunt, it’s a statement – the Harlem GlobeTrotters deserve an NBA franchise.”
Even Sunni Hickman, vice president of marketing for the Harlem GlobeTrotters, thinks it’s a win-win situation for the NBA and the GlobeTrotters because of the style of play they would bring to the league.
There was a question of how they were going to effectively form a team as their effort for diversity bringing more women to the GlobeTrotters would be managed. Hickman says they would field a suitable team for the league.
The GlobeTrotters currently have three fully stacked teams according to Hickman.
“Our organization would do the things necessary to continue the experience and style of family entertainment that we bring to families while continuing and developing a proper NBA franchise.”
Even former NBA player and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Dominique Wilkins thinks the GlobeTrotters should have a chance at being a franchise and says no real player looks down on the program.
“All the real NBA players who have played this game, no one ever despises the Harlem GlobeTrotters,” Wilkins said. “We grew up enjoying the Harlem GlobeTrotters. It was a family event that you went to enjoy. It was a lot of those guys that people wanted to be like. A player is a player. It’s that simple. And these guys are great players.
The new Harlem GlobeTrotters Spread Game Tour arrives at State Farm Arena on Sunday, July 25. The match is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m.