Harlem Globetrotters to use 4-point shot this tour

Thu, Dec 2

The Harlem Globetrotters will debut a 4-point shot on Sunday when they begin their 220-city North American tour against the Washington Generals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Florida (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

The shot -- from one of two designated areas about 35 feet from the basket on each half of the court -- is 12 feet longer than an NBA 3-point attempt. The shot will be available the final 3 minutes of each quarter.

"We created the behind-the-back pass, the 3-point shot, the alley-oop and we're once again re-inventing the game," said Globetrotters guard Dizzy Grant, who stopped by ESPN's offices in Bristol, Conn., on Thursday. "In practice, we keep challenging each other on who can hit the most. We've had guys hit four or five in a row lots of times."

The Generals, who haven't beaten the Globetrotters since 1971, also will have the opportunity to use the shot.

"With it, a team is never out of the game," Grant said. "I know the Generals are out there practicing. In fact, they probably are out there practicing right now."

Grant claims one time at practice, all the Globetrotters -- which could mean upwards of 20 players -- made the shot consecutively before being able to break for the day.


"Hey," teammate Scooter Christensen said, "we are the Globetrotters."