RIP Curly Neal, 77...

Reply Fri 27 Mar, 2020 10:42 am
Curly Neal, Globetrotters’ Dazzling Dribbler, Dies at 77

Fred “Curly” Neal, whose dribbling wizardry made him one of the most well-known members
of the beloved Harlem Globetrotters traveling basketball team, died on Thursday at his home
near Houston. He was 77.

The team announced the death but gave no other details.

Nicknamed “Curly” upon joining the Globetrotters in a humorous nod to his shaved head, Neal
played in more than 6,000 exhibition games for the Globetrotters from 1963 to 1985, mostly
against the Washington Generals, their hapless foils.

In one of the most highly anticipated elements of the Globetrotters’ routine, Neal would dribble
all over the court, frequently sliding on his knees, never losing control of the ball no matter how
close to the hardwood he had lowered himself. Then he would bounce the ball through a flailing
defender’s legs near the free-throw line and dribble in for an uncontested layup to finish off the

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Reply Fri 27 Mar, 2020 11:18 am
@Region Philbis,
That littl guy from the Generals who's obviouslt supposd to cover Neal is always running the wrong way aftr Neal starts his knee length turns.

Great Fun Curly, as a teen my Dad would take me to see the Trotters whenever they played fairly close. Good Times .
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