A native of Kingston, N.Y., Firefly Fisher grew up watching the New York Knicks, which inspired him to play basketball in his father’s driveway every chance he could. The driveway court was made of rocks, so Firefly had to become an expert ball handler just to keep possession of the ball.
Firefly also became a great shooter, and while at Siena College, he propelled the Saints to the 2007-08 MAAC regular season and postseason titles and a stunning 83-62 upset of SEC power Vanderbilt in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, a game in which he was six-for-six on three-pointers. Firefly shot a blistering 44.4 percent from three-point range as a senior that season and was a 2008 Globetrotters draftee. That deft shooting ability helped Firefly become a deadeye at the Globetrotters’ 4-point shot. On Jan. 5, 2013, Firefly drilled 10 consecutive 4-pointers, and 11 overall, in the first quarter of the Globetrotters’ 159-108 win over the Global Select at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada, establishing a new record for most consecutive 4-pointers made by a Globetrotter.
Firefly has had some unique experiences in his Globetrotters career. One of his first tours was the team’s annual holiday military tour, during which the Globetrotters entertain U.S. troops overseas. Firefly was also part of the team’s 2012 holiday military tour, including the Globetrotters’ first-ever performance in Afghanistan. It was at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan that Firefly reconnected with a high school classmate – who was a solider – whom he hadn’t seen in about eight years. On his Globetrotter travels, Firefly has also seen famous sites, such as the Great Wall of China and the Great Sphinx of Giza, and even taken his first ride ever on a camel.
A huge tradition in Firefly’s family was watching wrestling on TV, and he watches to this day. “My favorite all-time wrestlers were The Rock and Hulk Hogan, because they were great entertainers, just like the Globetrotters.”
Many of his coaches gave a young Firefly more than just on-court guidance; they made sure he was doing things right off the court as well, so he could achieve all of his goals. He shares that knowledge when he presents to kids the Globetrotters’ various community outreach programs and by conducting camps in his hometown. When his playing days are over, Firefly would enjoy becoming a teacher.
“Many kids today lack a strong male role model to lead them in the right direction,” says Firefly. He tells kids, “Have a goal in life, and do not wait for it to come to you, because opportunities don’t just happen. You have to work hard and go get it.”
Firefly’s hard work has paid off by becoming a member of a unique fraternity as a Globetrotter. “I love to perform and make people smile, and there isn’t a better way to do that than with the Harlem Globetrotters.”