Curly Neal, Globetrotters’ dazzling dribbler, dies at 77

Curly Neal, Globetrotters’ dazzling dribbler, dies at 77

Harlem Globetrotters icon Fred ’Curly’ Neal has died at 77 years old. Neal died in his home outside of Houston early Thursday. His cause of death has not been confirmed. Neal played in more than 6,000 games with the team from 1963-85. His No. 22 Globetrotters jersey was retired at Madison Square Garden in 2008. He was inducted to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame the same year.

Clara
Clara
IvoryDove
IvoryDove 1 months

My favorite of the original team. Meadowlark had the show, but Curly always brought in an attention getting set off moves. I loved when he did his sideways spinning dribble.

Fin
Fin 1 months

Oh I remember going to hgt games... He was awesome... He n meadowlark lemon..rest in peace curly.... The original king of bald n owning it... Thank u so much for signing an autograph for me. When I was a little kid

porcus
porcus 1 months

I grew up watching these guys on tv. They were slick! Nobody had moves like the Harlem Globetrotters, or their style - and they made it look so *effortless*, like anybody could be doing it. I honestly think these guys did more to inspire a younger generation of players than anyone or anything else. I used to horse around and try a variety of their gimmicks; palming the ball (I could, I have huge hands), spinning it on one finger.. but I couldn't dribble-pass to save my life. I think we need more good guys in sports like these. They really were inspirational.

Paul C
Paul C 1 months

RIP Curly. 🏀

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