One basketball team scored big with fans in our area Friday night. The Harlem Globetrotters are "Magic as Ever" and they proved it at the Sovereign Center in Reading. WFMZ's Stephanie Esposito has the story. ... ANNOUNCER 31:13 The Globetrottttteeeerrrrrss!!!! >>It's a different brand of basketball. "It's really cool how they like dunk the basketball. It comes down and they slam it in the basketball net." >> The Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining audiences for 82 years and some of the fans have been going to games for ALMOST as long. "My first one was in 1956. Saw Goose Tatum." >> The Globetrotters are known for their style and crazy skills on the court. 15 Year veteran Paul "Showtime" Gaffney's favorite trick comes naturally. "My favorite trick is keeping people smiling! That's my favorite trick!" >> Showtime is clearly a talented player but says it's equally about entertaining. "A mentor of mine Keith Osmond always told me play every game like it's the fans first and your last." >>Maybe that's why he's such a fan favorite. Who's your favorite player right now? Showtime Showtime! Showtime Showtime Showtime. Everybody loves showtime why? He's just awesome! It's showtime! "I get to bring joy to people. To everyone around from 8 to 108." >>The Reading Railers Mascot Spike did the honorary tip-off. He was a really great sport tonight. "Spike the Harlem globetrotters are here on your turf tonight so I want to see if you can Alioop like they do." >> The energy in the Sovereign Center was incredible! >>So I had to ask Showtime if he ever gets tired or homesick. "Oh Michael Jackson!" "Things your meant to do it's not a sacrifice its a part of you." "One thing's for sure at a Harlem Globetrotters game there's no lack of energy and it's all about the crowd. In Reading, Stephanie Esposito, 69 News Berks Edition."
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