Veteran Harlem Globetrotters guard Herb 'Moo Moo' Evans and his teammates return to the Wildwoods Convention Center Saturday night.
Those worldly ambassadors of the hard court, the Harlem Globetrotters, will make their annual winter foray into the Wildwoods Convention Center on Saturday, Feb. 20, as part of their 2010 World Tour. The Globetrotters will display the same basketball skill and wizardry they’ve honed for 84 years in a game against their rivals, the Washington Generals (whose notorious owner, Red Klotz, recently extended a tryout to former Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien). The night will also include autographs, a post-game meet-and-greet and more. Atlantic City Weekly recently spoke with Herb “Moo Moo” Evans, a veteran Globetrotter and team spokesman for the “C.H.E.E.R. (Cooperation, Healthy mind/body, Effort, Enthusiasm, Responsibility) For Character” youth program.
How and when did you become a Globetrotter?
I started in ’04. One of my good friends and ex [college] teammates got me a tryout at the FedEx Forum [in Memphis, Tennessee], and two weeks later they called and asked me to fly out to Vegas for a second tryout. I did pretty good there and the rest is history.
Where did you play in college, and are most of the Globetrotters former collegiate players?
I played Troy University in Alabama [at both the point- and shooting-guard spots]. We made the NCAA tournament in my junior year and the NIT in my senior year. All of the other [current] players have played some level of college ball.
Was it tough making the Globetrotters’ roster?
Definitely — a lot of running, shooting, passing, and the thing that was hardest for me was being the shortest guy at the tryouts (at 6-foot-3; everyone else was at least 6-5). I was sort of getting looked over at the time, but it’s a quality organization and there were a lot of team executives there checking you out, so I wanted to give it my all. Thankfully I made it.
How did you get the nickname Moo Moo?
Basically from drinking a lot of milk going back to when I was still in diapers. My mom would drop me off at my aunt’s house with some bottles of milk, and my aunt would say I’d go through a day’s worth of bottles in the first hour I was there. So she jokingly told my mother “You’ve got to go buy this boy a moo-moo cow to have enough milk to feed him.” The rest of my family got wind of that, and it’s been my nickname all my life.
The Globetrotters have defeated the Washington Generals over 13,000 straight times — do you think the Generals might be due for a win this Saturday night?
Could be, but in all actuality I don’t think so. Me and my teammates are ready to go and we’re fired up. We don’t want to be that group that has to say we lost to the Washington Generals for only the second time in history, the first being in 1971. So I seriously doubt it, but you never know.
The Harlem Globetrotters will appear Saturday, Feb. 20, 7pm, at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk in Wildwood. Tickets are $20 for bleacher seats to $55 for courtside. Group rates are available. Call 1-800-641-4667 ext. 118, or see HarlemGlobetrotters.com.
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