When the Harlem Globetrotters take to the court at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 21, many fans will be chattering about the beloved organization's 90-year-old history, its amazing way of connecting with communities and raising funds for local charities, and for the Globetrotters' humorous and inimitable take on the game.
But more than a few people at Staples Center will want to discuss what happened just outside the venue on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
The short of it -- er, rather the very, very long of it? Harlem Globetrotter Scooter Christensen sent a ball sailing high into the air, but it didn't cross the traditional ten- or twenty-feet distance a basketball typically might when on a court.
Mr. Christensen instead stood a great distance from the basket, 100 feet or so atop the Staples Center roof, and bingo: The ball flawlessly met, and bested, the net.
Where was the hoop? Next to the statue of Magic Johnson, an icon who "has suited up" for the Harlem Globetrotters in the past, making the phenomenal shot all the sweeter.
Video just released by the organization shows Mr. Christensen's elegantly arc'd throw from a couple of different angles, just in case you want to be inspired by the basketball's path, should you try a 100-foot shot on your own this weekend. (You might need to set the hoop up a couple of yards over, so check in with your neighbors first.)
As for seeing the sensational Globetrotters live? If two games at Staples aren't enough on Feb. 21, you can admire their on-the-court techniques and audience-fun interactions at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario on Saturday, Feb. 20.