Over the past five years, the Golden State Warriors — with their collection of generational superstars and five straight trips to the NBA Finals — have drawn comparisons not only to great teams of the NBA’s past like Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics, but to another team whose victories also seemed to be foregone conclusions: The Harlem Globetrotters.
The barnstorming basketball-as-entertainment enterprise will return to the Bay Area in January for their first show at Golden State’s new Chase Center, part of a seven-game swing through the Bay Area.
The Globetrotters have collaborated with the Warriors several times in recent years, including a 2018 visit with Stephen Curry and in 2017, introducing the 4-point shot to Klay Thompson — a shot 30 feet from the basket, introduced in 2010.
The current swing will start with two games on Jan. 11 at Chase Center (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.), followed by a return to the Oakland Arena (formerly Oracle Arena) on Saturday, Jan. 18 for games at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., in addition to SAP Center at San Jose on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 20 for an Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee at 1 p.m.
Tickets for the Chase Center games will go on sale on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m., while tickets for the games in Oakland and San Jose are now on sale at harlemglobetrotters.com.
The new tour — titled “Pushing the Limits” — will feature live world record attempts at each game, and many markets will feature a glow-in-the-dark performance of the team’s pre-game “Magic Circle” ball handling warmups, using a glow in the dark Baden basketball.