Finding His Inner-Globetrotter

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If, somehow, you happened to run into the Cavaliers entire team in a restaurant or hotel lobby – without any knowledge of who was who – odds are that you could pick out the former member of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Shaq and LeBron are larger-than-life characters, both on the floor and off. So is Delonte. Mo has the Hollywood cool and the ladies love Boobie. But there’s no question that the one player who is his own show is Jamario Moon.

In his trademark Alabama accent – punctuated by the occasional “cuz” and frequent “man” – J-Moon keeps the comedy coming at a relentless pace. It’s all good-natured, but there’s never a dull moment with J-Moon. He loves the NBA life like maybe only a former Globetrotter can. (And, of course, we’ve all seen his aerial acrobatics.)

Jamario’s former team – the legendary Harlem Globetrotters – roll into The Q this Monday, December 28, for a double-header.

Moon won’t be in the crowd, as the Cavaliers will be on the road in Atlanta. But he’d be ready if he was.

“You know what, if I were in town and I was at the game I think they’d set me up,” concluded the Cavaliers swingman. “They’d hit me with the water or something. So I’d be on my P’s and Q’s watching those guys.”

The Globetrotters are in their 84th consecutive season of touring the world. The iconic Globetrotters – one of only six teams to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame – have played to over 130 million fans in 120 countries on six continents.

Many of those 130 million fans have been of the miniature variety. The Globetrotters are an especially entertaining experience for the kids. It’s almost a rite of passage. Most of us still don’t know how they do what they do, but for little guys and girls – it’s hoops magic.

“The kids love it,” beamed Moon. “You run up and down the basketball court and you see the kids smiling and high-fiving, and, man, it makes you want to do extra! That’s where the Globetrotters get a lot of their ‘oompf’ from – you know, you call it that ‘oooommmmpf’ – from the little kids on the sideline, cheering and clapping. And that’s why you give that extra during the show.”

It’s been a while since Jamario played with the traveling squad. It was back in 2004 – in between stints with the USBL’s Oklahoma Storm and the CBA’s Rockford Lightning.

It didn’t take a ton of creativity to come up with an identity for Jamario. He can fly to the Moon.

“That was my thing, man,” he smiled. “I had the big hair, the big afro. I’d put on the headband and pull it back to make it look like I was flying. It was fun. I was the dunker!”

Beating the Generals over and over might seem monotonous. So, is being a Globetrotter really as much fun as it looks?

“Oh my God, it’s lovely! There’s no pressure on you. You’re just out there playing basketball – having fun,” said Moon. “Everybody wants to have fun when they’re playing, and that’s what the Globetrotters are all about – having fun, smiling. A personality playing the game of basketball – a good personality.”

The Globetrotters have had win streaks of 2,495 and 8,829 games in their illustrious career. Accompanied by their iconic theme song – “Sweet Georgia Brown” – the Globetrotters have unveiled their own stars, like Meadowlark Lemon, Geese Ausbie and Curly Neal (who is still with the team). They’ve also featured NBA greats like Wilt Chamberlain, Connie Hawkins and Nat Clifton.

This year, the Globetrotters 2010 World Tour features Big Easy Lofton and Flight Time Lang – currently starring in CBS’ "The Amazing Race." Special K Daley brings the laughs. Dribbling magician Scooter Christensen and ball-handling wizards, Handles Franklin and Ant Atkinson, will definitely wow the crowd.

Seeing the Harlem Globetrotters is a seminal event, something everyone should say they’ve done once. For almost a century, they’ve been bringing people of all ages, races and cultures together with a unique blend of skill and humor.

“What the Globetrotters do is bring families together,” added Moon. “And it’s always good when the Globetrotters come to town around the holidays.”

It should be another fantastic Globetrotters show on Monday at The Q as it is every year. The only question is: Will they still do the bucket of water routine?

“Yeah, they still do everything!” smiled the former Globetrotter. “So if you ain’t paying attention, man – you’re gonna get it!”