WANT TO GO?
The Harlem Globetrotters
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesda
INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com
NOTE: A Magic Pass Pre-Game runs 5:30 to 6 p.m., allowing fans to participate in on-court activities with the team. Tickets are $20. Ticketholders must also have game tickets and wear soft/rubber-soled shoes.CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Slick Willie Shaw said he wanted to play professional sports since he was a child.
"I got started in basketball when I was 6 years old," the Harlem Globetrotters forward said.
The 30-year-old will suit up with the team when the "clown princes of basketball" return to West Virginia for a set of games in Beckley, Charleston and Huntington this week. The Globetrotters will be at the Beckley-Raleigh Convention Center Monday, the Civic Center Tuesday and the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington Wednesday.
Shaw grew up playing basketball. The 6-foot-6-inch New Yorker went to college and started for St. John's University, where he helped lead his team to the 2003 NIT championship. He also holds the record for the most career three-pointers.
After graduation in 2004, Shaw joined the Globetrotters.
"Everybody has a different story for how they got into this," he said. "Everyone has a different route they took. Me, I was playing in Vegas, and they saw me at an All-Star Game. That's when they wanted to bring my talents to the Globetrotters."
According to the group's website, one of those talents is Shaw's ability to spin two basketballs on his fingers in different directions, usually during the team's Magic Circle during warm-up.
Being part of the Globetrotters is a good life, Shaw said.
"I'm living the dream. I'm part of such a rich tradition that's been around for 87 long years. We've entertained in 122 countries and in front of 136 million people all over the world."