Curly Neal Dies: Harlem Globetrotters Super Dribbler And TV Star Was 77

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Curly Neal Dies: Harlem Globetrotters Super Dribbler And TV Star Was 77
Fred “Curly” Neal, the longtime Harlem Globetrotters guard whose dazzling dribbling and penchant for half-court shots entertained several generations of basketball fans, has died. He passed on Thursday at his home near Houston at age 77, the Globetrotters announced. No cause was given.

Neal’s signature shaved head and basketball excellence made him one of the faces of the Globetrotters, a traveling exhibition team known for mixing comedy in with its superb skills. Neal, who gained the nickname “Curly” upon joining the team, was part of more than 6,000 games in his Globetrotters career spanning 1963-85.

The team’s antics spotlighted Neal’s immense talents, particularly on a set piece in which he would dribble around a hapless defender,
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