Are The Harlem Globetrotters A New NBA Team?


The Harlem Globetrotters, best know for their performance work on the court, want to become a franchise team in the NBA.

They've been around for decades, playing in 122 different countries, and have extremely talented players. Players so talented that the NBA actually pulled players from The Harlem Globetrotters to their teams when they integrated.

In a letter to NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, the team cited the impact they've had on the sport by taking "the street game inside," the social justice movement, and their proven talent as a few of the reasons they should be a franchise.

Just a little backstory that may further solidify their case, The Globetrotters played the Minnesota Lakers in 1948 and 1949, before the NBA was integrated. The Globetrotters won both games they played against the Lakers (the same Lakers who won the NBA championship in 1949).

Seems they have a pretty solid case for their addition. Ball's in your court, Adam Silver.


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