Curly Neal: Globetrotters legend dies at 77

Fred “Curly” Neal, the dribbling wizard who entertained thousands and thousands with the Harlem Globetrotters for parts of 3 decades, has died. He was 77.

The Globetrotters mentioned Neal died in his residence outside the house of Houston on Thursday morning.

“We have misplaced a person of the most legitimate human beings the entire world has ever regarded,” Globetrotters basic manager Jeff Munn said in a statement on Twitter. “Curly’s basketball skill was unequalled by most, and his warm coronary heart and massive smile brought pleasure to families throughout the world.”

Neal performed for the Globetrotters from 1963-85, showing up in far more than 6,000 games in 97 nations for the exhibition group regarded for its blend of comedy and athleticism. He became a single of five Globetrotters to have his jersey retired when his No. 22 was lifted to the rafters in the course of a particular ceremony at Madison Square Yard in 2008.