(Anaheim, CA) Over nine decades, the Harlem Globetrotters have become the unrivaled masters of the trick shot. The team not only achieves these amazing feats on the court, but from some of North America’s most quintessential venues. Madison Square Garden, AT&T Stadium (home to the Dallas Cowboys) and Ohio Stadium (aka Ohio State football’s “Horseshoe”) are just a small sampling of where the Globetrotters have drilled these incredible shots in the last couple of years.
Harlem Globetrotters star Buckets Blakes has added to this impressive list by hitting the first trick shot by a Globetrotter from a Major League Baseball park, draining a shot at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home to the Los Angeles Angels.
Buckets lined up the shot from the stadium’s upper deck and let it fly over 200 feet, where it dropped through a hoop stationed near field level. (GALLERY)
“It's a great feeling to be able to knock a trick shot down in a baseball stadium,” said Buckets. “We’ve mixed baseball elements and major league players into our shows before, so it was a natural fit.”
Buckets has become one of the most recognizable faces on TV and the web with his trick shot prowess. His favorite was on the first ever World Trick Shot Day, Dec. 6, 2016, when Buckets dropped in a 583-foot shot from the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio – the highest shot ever recorded in North America. The feat was #1 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 that day, one of nine times a Globetrotters trick shot has made ESPN’s famous daily rundown in the last year alone.
Some of Buckets’ other phenomenal trick shots have been from atop Oracle Arena (home of the Golden State Warriors); at Stone Mountain near Atlanta, from a gondola 300 feet off the ground; from a boat, across the water, to a hoop on Alcatraz Island; and from a catwalk high above an ice rink at Maple Leaf Gardens in Canada.
“These are such great opportunities for me and my teammates,” explained Buckets. “Not only do we have the honor to play inside a lot of iconic venues, but we often get to view them from a whole new vantage point when we launch trick shots, and that’s pretty amazing.”
The Globetrotters have made spectacular tricks shots from nine unique locations already during their 2017 world tour.
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