100 greatest comic basketball players of all time | VIDEO

Former Harlem Globetrotters great Goose Tatum and Marques Haynes with a fan with their new form team, the Harlem Magicians, in 1958. – photo provided

*(Detroit-MI)- the American Basketball Hall of Fame announced its list of 100 of Barnstorming’s greatest comedic basketball players of all time. For a long time, many of these players were overlooked by the NBA and halls of fame and forgotten by fans.

Many of these players could have played in the NBA and few on this list have played in the NBA and have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the American Basketball Hall of Fame.

Comedy basketball dates back to 1927 with the first comedy basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters and then 1934 with the Harlem Clowns, many fans only know the Harlem Globetrotters, but since the 1930s there have been many comedy basketball teams like Harlem Roadkings, Harlem Stars, Harlem Travels, Harlem Magicians, Harlem Satellites, Harlem Ambassadors, Harlem Diplomats, Harlem Wizards and Meadowlark Lemon Harlem All-Stars and many more. Today, many of these teams still travel the globe.

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In the 1950s, on several occasions, the Harlem Globetrotters played on the same card as the NBA to help attract fans. A lot of the things you see in the NBA today come from comic basketball and America’s urban playground. The 3-point shot, hook, slam dunk, cross dribble, and whimsical pass also come from comedy basketball. Many comedic basketball players have very long careers like Marques Haynes and Meadowlark Lemon, have played for over 50 years and have visited over 100 counties.

The goal of the American Basketball Hall of Fame, based in the city of Detroit, is to form an organization called the Comedy Basketball Retrieved Players Association (CBRPA) to assist recovered players and recognize comedian basketball players each year. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has inducted approximately 10 comedic basketball players and owners into the Hall of Fame, and over the past 5 years they have honored players like Tyrone “Hollywood” Brown of the Harlem Globetrotters with the Mannie Jackson Award and LaMont “ShowBoat” Robinson of the Harlem Clowns who has been nominated 5 times for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

COMEDY BASKETBALL LEGENDS OF ALL TIME

DONALD “DUCKY” MOORE – HARLEM/HG AMBASSADORS

PAXTON “SUGAR” LUMPKIN – HARLEM AMBASSADORS

CORNY FREEMAN – HARLEM AMBASSADORS

BILL “RED” TURNER – HARLEM AMBASSADORS

“LIL” ARTHUR DOUGLAS – HARLEM AMBASSADORS

LAMONT “SHOWBOAT” ROBINSON – HARLEM CLOWNS

EURAL McKELVY – HARLEM CLOWNS/HG

AL “RUNT” PULLINS – HARLEM CLOWNS/HG

STANLEY “CHICO” BURRELL HARLEM CLOWNS/HG

HERB SCAIFE HARLEM CLOWNS

BOB “TICK” WOODS – CLOWNS OF HARLEM

JAMES WOOLEY, Jr – CLOWNS OF HARLEM

EDDIE HURT – CLOWNS OF HARLEM

JACKIE WHITE – CLOWNS OF HARLEM

GEORGE MOORE – CLOWNS OF HARLEM

SUG MORRISON – CLOWNS OF HARLEM

CLAY “SHOWBOAT” RAY – CLOWNS OF HARLEM

WAYNE “AIR RARE” – CLOWNS OF HARLEM

ART “BONE” SMITH – ART SMITH – CLOWNS OF HARLEM

ROBERT COOPER – CLOWNS OF HARLEM

HOWIE RAND – CLOWNS OF HARLEM

GOOSE Jr, – HARLEM DIPLOMATS

NEAL HUMPHREY – HARLEM DIPLOMAT

HARVEY “HOOKS” – HARLEM DIPLOMATS

LEMON MEADOWLARK – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

FRED “CURLY” NEAL – GLOBETROTTERS OF HARLEM

REECE “GOOSE” TATUM – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

TYRONE “HOLLYWOOD” BROWN – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

BOBBY HUNTER – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

“CURLEY BOO” JOHNSON – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

PAUL “SHOWTIME” GAFFNEY – GLOBETROTTERS OF HARLEM

MICHAEL “WILD THING” WILSON – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

BRANDS HAYNES – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

SAMMY GEE – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

LOUIS “SWEET LOU” DUNBAR – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

MICHAEL “MEMPHIS” ​​DOUGLAS – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

BOBBY JOE MASON – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

“JUMPIN” JACKIE JACKSON – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

EARVIN “MAGIC” JOHNSON – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS/NBA

TED STRONG – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

BOID BUIE – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

OSBORNE LOCKHART – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

WOODY SAULDSBERRY – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS/NBA

CONNIE “THE HAWK” HAWKINS – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS / NBA

LEON HILLARD – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

NATHANIEL “SWEETWATER” CLIFTON – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS/NBA

REGGIE “AIRMAN” DIXSON – GLOBETROTTERS OF HARLEM

JAMES “TWIGGY” SANDERS – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

OTIS KEY – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

LYNETTE WOODARD – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS/WNBA

MATTHEW “SHOWBIZ” JACKSON – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

BILLY RAY HOBLEY – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

ROBERT “SHOWBOAT” ROOM – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

KEVIN “SPECIAL” DALEY – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

MANNIE JACKSON – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

WHEELER SAM “BOOM-BOOM” – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

WILLIAM “ROOKIE” BROWN – GLOBETROTTERS OF HARLEM

LARRY “SHORTY” COLEMAN – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

HUBERT “GEESE” AUSBIE – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

WILT CHAMBERLAIN – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS/NBA

HAROLD “BOBO” HUBBARD – GLOBETROTTERS OF HARLEM

WILLIAM “POP” GATES – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

BABE PRESSLEY – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

LARRY “GATOR” RIVERS – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

“JUMPIN” JOHNNY WILSON – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

PABLO ROBERTSON – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

“JUMPIN” JOHNNY KLINE – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

ERMER ROBINSON – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

JC GIPSON – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

ERNEST WAGNER – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

FRANK “SHAKE IN BAKE” STREETY – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

JOSH GRIDER – MAGICIANS OF HARLEM/HG

EUGENE JOHNSON – MAGICIANS OF HARLEM

VALENTINO WILLIS – MAGICIANS OF HARLEM

“SUGARFOOT” JOHNSON WILEY – MAGICIANS OF HARLEM

NORRIS SHAPP – MAGICIANS OF HARLEM

KEN SCOTT – MAGICIANS OF HARLEM

JOHN SMITH – MAGICIANS OF HARLEM

PAUL MARTIN – MAGICIANS OF HARLEM

TOMMY GIBSON – MAGICIANS OF HARLEM

BRENT “BJ” JOHNSON – MEADOWLARK LEMON HARLEM ALL-STARS

THE “PEE WEE” HARRISON – MEADOWLARK LEMON’S HARLEM ALL-STARS

ERNEST AUGHBURNS – MEADOWLARK LEMON’S HARLEM ALL-STARS/HG

SHERWIN “SHAKE” DURHAM – MEADOWLARK LEMON’S HARLEM ALL-STARS/HG

TONY MARTIN – MEADOWLARK LEMON’S HARLEM ALL-STARS

MARVIN “DEADEYE” HEMPSTEAD – HARLEM ROADKINGS

HAROLD “CHICO” DAWKINS – HARLEM ROADKINGS

DEMONIO DUKES – HARLEM ROADKINGS

CLEO JOHNSON – HARLEM ROADKINGS

BUCKNER “SHOWBOAT” OF MARLAND – ROADKINGS OF HARLEM

TERRELLE “HANDLES” JONES – HARLEM ROADKINGS

FRANK “SHOWBOAT” GIBSON – HARLEM SATELLITES

MATHEWS “BIG” BILL” – HARLEM SATELLITES

EUGENE “GENE” ANDERSON – HARLEM SATELLITES

AL SCOTT – MAGIC STARS

REX “SHOWBOAT” JONES – HARLEM TRAVELERS

SAM WORTHEN – WIZARDS OF HARLEM

ARNOLD “A-TRAIN” BERNARD/HG

CLARENCE “MUGSY” LEGGETT – WIZARDS OF HARLEM

TOJO – WIZARDS OF HARLEM
source: American Basketball Hall of Fame

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