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Why the Globetrotters selected Messi

Originally Published: June 23, 2011
By Patrick Dorsey | Special to Page 2

Lionel Messi ... Harlem Globetrotter?

OK, probably not.

But the international soccer sensation was selected earlier this week by the legendary organization in its fifth annual draft, held just days before the top NBA prospects heard their names called by David Stern.

And don't tell "Sweet" Lou Dunbar, the club's director of player personnel, that selecting Messi -- or American goalkeeper Tim Howard (in 2009) or 7-foot-9 Chinese player Sun Ming Ming ...

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