"Tiny" Sturgess of the Harlem Globetrotters will visit Union Station on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 14. (Photo by Mark Buckner)
If you've been to a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game -- and we expect that chances are very good that you have been to one, seeing has how the legendary team has been dribbling while being droll since the late 1920s -- you know that it isn't just about the hoops and the assists and the free throws.
It's about all of the other smart and entertaining stuff that the team does on the court and how they interact with the audience. Comedy and playfulness and cheer are major components of any Globetrotters' game.
Likewise, when the team shows up in town for a few events, it isn't just about the games but where the players are in the community and what fun and friendly things they're up to. The Globetrotters will be around Southern California for a series of weekend games -- the Honda Center, Staples Center, and Ontario's Citizen Bank Business Arena are all in the mix starting on Saturday, Feb. 16 -- but they'll also be engaging in some off-court doings as well.
A major one? "Tiny" Sturgess and "Flight Time" Lang will swing by Union Station on Thursday, Feb. 14 to present some lucky Metro riders with free tickets to the game as well as some red roses. Yep, it's Valentine's Day, so the team is doing it up.
See them around the East Portal of the station starting at 8:30 a.m. And, boy, you'll see them: Mr. Lang is 6 foot 3 inches tall while Mr. Sturgess is 7 foot 8. A team spokesperson says that Sturgess is the World's Tallest Basketball Player, per the Guinness Book of World Records.
For more Globetrotter happenings, check out the site and all the game times and places.