11:53 AM PT — Globetrotters GM Jeff Munn simply launched a press release on Curly’s passing … saying “We have lost one of the most genuine human beings the world has ever known.”
“His basketball skill was unrivaled by most, and his warm heart and huge smile brought joy to families worldwide. He always made time for his many fans and inspired millions.”
Tragic day for the basketball group … beloved Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred “Curly” Neal has handed away. He was 77 years previous.
Curly grew to become one of the recognizable gamers for the Globies throughout his 22-year stint with the workforce … enjoying in additional than 6,000 video games.
Neal’s #22 jersey was retired in 2008 … one among simply 5 gamers to obtain the distinction.
Curly was additionally featured in a number of of the Globetrotters’ TV specials … together with “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island” and “The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Special” … in addition to ‘Scooby-Doo.’
Curly was the workforce’s elite ball handler for the Globetrotters after a profitable profession at Johnson C. Smith University … the place he averaged 23 factors a recreation.
Fellow Globetrotters legend Curley “Boo” Johnson mourned the lack of his pal on Twitter, saying “Last night the World lost a true ambassador of the game of basketball and outside of Muhammad Ali one of the most recognizable faces on the Planet!”
“Rest In Peace my Brother…. “
Originally Published — 11:22 AM PT