Along with their usual resume of trick shots, goofy antics and an undefeated record, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring a world record holder — for longest made basket — to the Bay Area when they visit for a four-game stint in San Jose and Oakland this weekend.
But just don’t ask Globetrotter rookie Corey “Thunder” Law to describe in detail his historic bucket.
“I actually wear glasses and I had them off at the time, so I couldn’t even see if it went in the basket,” said Law, who nailed a long-range bomb from 109 feet, 5 inches — five feet longer than the previous best mark. “When I heard everyone screaming, I figured it must have gone in.”
Law, who wrapped up his collegiate career at High Point University in North Carolina last year, was invited by the city of Phoenix to compete in the long-range contest, overseen officially by Guinness World Records.
He said he had never really practiced long-range shots in the past, but he was able to nail the deep ball — fully 15 feet beyond the edge of the court — after only a few attempts.
“When they first invited me, I was just happy to get a free trip to Phoenix,” said Law, who also sports a 44-inch vertical leap. “I really didn’t think I had a prayer of making something from that far away.”
In the midst of a national tour, Law and the Globetrotters will perform at Oracle Arena in Oakland at 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
In between, they’ll play two contests — at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. — at the SAP Arena in San Jose on Saturday.
Law said he’s not sure if he’ll incorporate his newly-found skill for long-distance shots into the Globetrotters’ usual routine of gimmicks, considering the wealth of dead-aim shooters already on the squad, which is now in its 85th year of barnstorming the country.
He is certain, however, that he’ll be involved in plenty of eye-popping dunks — he did join the team, after all, by being discovered in a collegiate slam dunk contest.
“Oh, we’re definitely going to dust off some dunks that people haven’t seen before,” said Law. “There are a bunch of high-risers on this team, and we know how to put on a show.”
At just 23 years old, Law is the youngest player on the Globetrotters’ roster, which has grown to 29 players, including three women. At first, he said he was intimidated by the squad’s legendary status, but the veterans on the team embraced him in a way that made the transition seamless.
“I first put on that uniform, and I was like ‘Oh my God, I grew up watching the Globetrotters on television,’ so it was pretty surreal,” said Law. “But everyone here has been really great to me. I grew up as an only child, so it’s almost like they’re my big brothers and sisters.”Corey LawHarlem GlobetrottersOaklandOther Sports