Curly Neal passes away

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  1. FireFoley

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    RIP Curly. You, Meadlowlark and your team were such great entertainers.

    Globetrotters legend Fred 'Curly' Neal dies at 77


    Fred "Curly" Neal, the slick-dribbling face of the Harlem Globetrotters for 22 years, has died at the age of 77, Johnson C. Smith University announced Thursday on Twitter.

    Neal, with his recognizable shaved head and playful banter, in 2008 became just the fifth Globetrotters player to have his jersey retired, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Meadowlark Lemon and Goose Tatum.

    His jersey was raised to the rafters of Madison Square Garden during a special ceremony.

    Neal played in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries for the barnstorming Globetrotters from 1963 to 1985.
     
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      They were fvkking AWESOME.
       
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        And achieved a won loss record few will ever approach.
        RIP Curly.
         
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          They were great indeed. I can remember how we’d talk all week at school about them being on ABC’s Wide World of Sports come Saturday. Great entertainers. Who remembers the cartoon version that came on for a while? We even had a ‘Trotter from Quincy, the late Billy Ray Hobley. Curley was a crowd favorite with his smile and great dribbling ability. I guess there’s not many of them from my youth left. Funny thing though, we all knew they were entertainers first and foremost, but I never dreamed the modern NBA would more resemble them than the competitive league I once enjoyed.
           
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              I had the great pleasure of watching the Globetrotter's live once in my youth. It was in a smallish town at the home of Austin Peay State University. B/C it was not a large town Meadowlark Lemon was not there, so Geese Ausbie played the post and the mouthpiece of the team. Geese even made the half court heave that Meadowlark was so famous for. They were outstanding, the baseball bit, confetti, bucket of water, they did it all. The ball void of air when the ref bounced it, etc. But in all honesty, most of them though entertainers, were darn good basketball players.
               
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                Curly brought a lot of joy and laughter all over the world. RIP. He played from 63 to 85. I saw them live in 63 or 64 either in Lakeland or Orlando I believe. But I saw them on TV so many times and I am so old its hard to remember. I laughed as hard and as long as I have ever laughed in my life. ​
                 
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                  I saw them a few times as a kid. I remember seeing them in Orlando, I believe for the last time, probably in the early 80s. What a great show they put on!
                   
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                    RIP to a giver.
                     
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                      I used to run by that hospital all the time.... Didn't realize he lived close by.

                      Those guys were so awesome. So funny. So entertaining. So talented. Those guys could flat out play. RIP.
                       
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                        I never had the chance to see them in person but I remember watching them every time they were on TV. What great memories.

                        With all those games you would think that the Generals would have won at least one time
                         
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                          RIP Curley, the Globetrotters were awesome. Still are, I'm sure, but they never show them on TV anymore like they did when was a kid. Loved those guys. Yes @cover2 , I remember their animated show. They used to show up on other cartoons sometimes too, like Scooby Doo.

                          Wilt Chamberlain was a Globetrotter??

                          Who was the Gator player who became a Globetrotter? I forget. Someone from the Donovan era, pretty good player for us but not quite NBA caliber.

                          With Curley out of the way, is this the chance the Washington Generals have been waiting for to finally get a W?

                          Let's check the Magic 8 Ball:

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                            My guy was Meadowlark Lemon. I remember him in the mid 60s doing his schtick. I thought he was the funniest man with basketball skills to ever live. My dad said when he was young Goose Tatum was the greatest Trotter. I loved watching them as a kid cause I loved basketball.
                             
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                              Reminds me of this commercial a long time ago.
                               

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