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A 5-Year-Old’s Take On The Harlem Globetrotters Game In Grand Rapids

Matt Milhouse

The Harlem Globetrotters like to dance, sit on the hoop, and pull down opposing players’ shorts.

The Globetrotters are a silly team by professional standards, but not too far off a regular day at the gym for a 5-year-old.

I took my 5-year-old son to the Harlem Globetrotters game at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on January 26.

It was clear the Globetrotters were going to have an advantage from the beginning. Their 12-8 roster size advantage was one clue.

If that wasn’t enough, then maybe the years-long winning streak was.

There were a lot of the old tricks we’ve come to expect from the Globetrotters: purse stealing, water throwing, etc.

But it’s all new to thousands of young fans.

Here are some highlights from Sunday’s game, through the eyes of a 5-year-old.

  • Best part of the game?  “The Globetrotters won!”
  • Silliest part?  “When they grabbed the coach’s butt.”
  • Favorite basketball trick?  “Slam dunk.”
  • Favorite player?  “All of them.”
  • Other comments:  “They’re cool!”

From the constant looks at the scoreboard, I can confirm that his favorite part was the final score.

Globetrotters won 115 – 104.

Never mind that win streak. This game was a nail-biter!

My son’s next basketball game/practice is this weekend. We’ll see if he or his teammates try any tricks.

My advice to the other team?

Wear a belt.

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