Harlem Globetrotters ball handling wizard Flight Time Lang is an admitted reality TV junkie, and he and teammate Big Easy Lofton were fortunate enough to compete three times on the Emmy Award-winning series, “The Amazing Race,” finishing as high as second place.
Flight Time has appeared on other popular TV shows, such as "Hell's Kitchen," "The Bachelorette,” Disney XD’s “Kickin’ It,” “TODAY,” “Good Morning America,” “The Price is Right,” “Cupcake Wars” and “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” where he accomplished the rare feat of correctly answering each question posed to him. He’s also dropped by as a guest to the studios of the popular radio program, “The Dan Patrick Show.” He has shot hoops with President Barack Obama at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll and had the honor of meeting Pope Francis when the Globetrotters named the pontiff the ninth Honorary Harlem Globetrotter in team history on May 6, 2015 – following the Pope’s weekly General Audience, before a crowd of over 50,000 in St. Peter’s Square
The oldest of nine kids, Flight Time played many sports growing up, like football. In his first game in seventh grade, he broke off a 65-yard run to the end zone … or so he thought. “I put the ball down and started celebrating. The only problem was, I wasn’t in the end zone yet,” he chuckles.
Success would come easier on the hardwood, as Flight Time earned all-state, all-region and all-conference honors in high school, and then starred at Centenary College, where he was a first-team all-conference selection and a conference scoring champ. A standout student, Flight Time was named the 1998 Male Student Athlete of the Year at Centenary, made the Dean’s List twice, and graduated with a degree in health/physical education. In 2011, he was inducted into the Centenary Athletic Hall of Fame.
Flight Time is one of the Globetrotters’ most talented dribblers. “I like to look at vintage videos of Globetrotters like Marques Haynes and Curly Neal, and I’ve played with some great ball handlers that have also taught me a lot.”
Of course, he’s nicknamed Flight Time for a reason. He was only 5-10 when he dunked for the first time in a game, as a high school junior. “People were kind of in awe and hanging over the railings in the stands; they didn’t even notice a guy on the other team got a dunk the very next play.” He got to display his dunking abilities before a national audience in 1998, as he won the college slam dunk contest.
He also took “flight” in the spring of 2010, free-falling nearly 900 feet from the highest sky jump attraction in the world. “I used to be afraid of heights, but I’ve overcome that while doing some cool things with the Globetrotters.”
Flight Time enjoys the opportunity to visit all parts of the world with the Globetrotters, as he’s been to over 80 countries with the team. “I do think we live in the greatest country on the planet, but I have realized that people are happy all over the world.” Making people happy is what Flight Time and the Harlem Globetrotters are all about.