That's the company line, but Shaw believed it.
He added, "For me, the best part is still being able to play the game and be part of that tradition. It's a beautiful thing."
Shaw said the Globetrotters play around 300 games a year. The team's current season began the day after Christmas and runs through the end of April. After that, the players will have a short break before heading overseas or to South America.
The travel is one of the nicest things about what he does, Shaw said.
"My favorite places have been Italy -- Milan. But we've been to China. I got to walk on the Great Wall some. I've been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, seen the Coliseum in Rome...I've got to see a lot of great things because of the Harlem Globetrotters."
He laughed, "We really like to try to live up to the name."
He joked about time off.
"Time off," he said, slowly. "What does 'off' mean?"
When he gets time off, Shaw said he spends time with his kids and plays "Madden NFL 13" -- a football game -- on his Xbox.
"Of course, I play a little basketball when I'm home," he said. "But I try to keep it to a minimum."
Of course, playing with the Globetrotters is a different kind of basketball, and every year or so, they change things up a little.
This year, according to Shaw, they're letting fans change one of the rules of the game. They can double the point values, put a second basketball into play or even add a sixth team member to the opposing side.
Fans can go to the Globetrotters website or on Twitter to vote for which change they want to see.
"We're just trying to bring something new," Shaw said.
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