October is here – and not only does that mean it’s time to start picking out a Halloween costume, but it’s also time to celebrate five Harlem Globetrotters’ birthdays. Handles, Special K, “The Shot”, Jet, and Hawk have the same birthdays as some other well-known people, and maybe one of them even has the same birthday as you.
“The Shot” is one of the greatest shooters in the Globetrotters’ history. His hometown is Compton, Calif., and he went to college at Arizona State University. He has been part of some of the organization’s most memorable moments, including being at the Globetrotters’ induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and visiting the Vatican City in Rome in 2000 to name Pope John Paul II an honorary Harlem Globetrotter. He’s celebrating his 19th season with the organization and has also appeared with the Globetrotters on television shows such as “Extreme Makeover Home Edition,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “EXTRA,” and “Access Hollywood Live.” When he isn’t impressing crowds with his shooting skills, he enjoys refinishing and restoring antiques, like furniture, clocks and cars. What he likes best about being a Harlem Globetrotter is that he gets to be a part of good basketball, true entertainment and positive influences all rolled into one.
Also born on October 23: Ryan Reynolds (actor), Weird Al Yankovic (singer/songwriter), Cat Deeley (host of, “So You Think You Can Dance”), Nancy Grace (host of, “Nancy Grace”), Johnny Carson (former host of “The Tonight Show”), John Lackey (MLB pitcher for the Boston Red Sox)
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