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Basketball Whiz Amazes Kids

1/14/2008 

The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters brought their magic to Children's Hospital Central California.

Excited patients watched in awe in the Hospital's Donor Recognition Area as Harlem Globetrotter Ambassador Anthony "Buckets" Blakes twirled a basketball on his finger, dribbled between his legs and passed the ball to a patient off his back.

Following the brief exhibition, Buckets autographed photos, posed for pictures and gave kids and parents a chance to spin a ball on their finger.

"My trip to Children's gives kids the opportunity to see the Globetrotters if they can't make it to the game," said Buckets. "It's not only a great feeling for us but an opportunity to give back."

Buckets, who played college basketball at the University of Wyoming, also dominates off the basketball court. During his stop in the Craycroft Cancer Center, he beat patient Jeremy Jordan in a friendly game of Soul Calibur.

The Globetrotters "Magic as Ever" North American Tour comes to Fresno on Jan. 23 at Save Mart Center.

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