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April 15, 2014

Globetrotters bring show to TC

TRAVERSE CITY — Chuck Schuba fully expects to see his former basketball team lose Wednesday.

It’s almost a given.

Schuba — who played three seasons with the Washington Generals from 2005-08 — hopes to be on hand when the Harlem Globetrotters play the Generals at Traverse City Central High School.

“I’ve never lost that much in my life,” joked Schuba, a former Kalkaska and Aquinas College standout. “We played usually 154 games a year. To go 0-154, that’s a tough pill to swallow. But that’s a thing you have to realize when you get into it. You have to know that every night, you’re expected to lose. You’re going to lose, and you have to accept that.”

Meanwhile, Jonathan “Hawk” Thomas is in his second year with the Globetrotters. He’s yet to lose a game.

“Every player on this team played professionally overseas and at a high Division 1 level,” Thomas said of the team known for its on-court antics.

Wednesday’s game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26 for general admission.

Door open at 6 p.m., but fans who purchase a $17 “Magic Pass” add-on can get in 90 minutes before tip-off and get to spend 30 minutes on the court with the Globetrotters and take pictures.

“You enjoy doing what you do,” Thomas said of playing for the most famous non-NBA pro basketball team. “And you enjoy being around fans and kids and creating an exciting atmosphere.

“Afterwards, let me hear what was your favorite moment. We just want your kids to have smiles on their face, as well as the adults and grandparents. We want you to come up and talk to us. Don’t be shy. Talk to me. Say, ‘Hey, Hawk, how are you doing?’ I definitely take pride in interacting with the fans.”

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