Happy Birthday Spider

As Thanksgiving approaches, many people have their minds on turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie. However, pumpkin pie won’t be the only dessert that Spider, Scooter and Cheese are looking forward to this month. These Globetrotters, along with some other well-known people, will be looking forward to some birthday cake as well.

Spider may have been born to play basketball. He has been told that his father carried a basketball into the delivery room when he was born, and he doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t know about the sport. While playing at the University of Cincinnati, the 6-foot-7 forward was a three-year letter winner and helped the Bearcats get to the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, where the team lost to eventual champ Connecticut. His impressive leaping ability got him an invite to the 2011 College Slam Dunk Championship, where he was a semi-finalist whose score of 49 was only beaten by two perfect scores of 50, one of which was achieved by his Globetrotter teammate, Jet. The Miami native also participated in football, baseball and track growing up. Spider enjoys bowling on his time off and says he may even give pro bowling a shot someday – no pun intended. If he were a chef, his signature dish would be curried shrimp and rice. He loves being an ambassador for basketball with the Globetrotters and showing people how the sport can not only be fun, but can also break down social and societal barriers.

Also born on Nov. 8: Gordon Ramsay (chef, restaurant owner and star of “Hell’s Kitchen”), Jack Osbourne (television personality and current contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” season 17), Tara Reid (actress), Dorothy Day (women’s rights activist), Tom Anderson (co-founder of social-networking website Myspace), Roy Simmons (former NFL guard for the Washington Redskins and New York Giants)

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-The Harlem Globetrotters