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Harlem Globetrotter Dribbles Around Philly

By Sarah Glover
|  Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013  |  Updated 11:02 AM EDT
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Chris "Handles" Franklin dribbles around Philadelphia showing off his skills.


Harlem Globetrotter Chris "Handles" Franklin shows off his dribbling skills at 10 different locations around the City of Brotherly Love. 

From whipping the ball around on the Ben Franklin Bridge and at the Reading Terminal Market to balancing the ball on his back in front of City Hall and at Love Park, Franklin shows off his basketball prowess to the Rocky-theme music track.

During a Sixers pre-game warmup, Michael Carter-Williams can be seen taking a jumpshot in the background as Franklin dribbles in the foreground. "Handles," known for his ball handling, was given the nickname and is embarking on his 7th season with the Globetrotters.

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"The performances around Philly were impromptu and onlookers got a show, quickly lining up for autographs at the Reading Terminal Market," said Eric Nemeth, of the Globetrotters. 

Handles, a Harrisburg native, ends the routine by spinning a classic red, white and blue basketball atop the Rocky steps. 

The Philly video project was adapted from a video reel called "Stronger Than the Storm." Franklin traveled from Atlantic City to Wildwood and stopped at 13 classic shore locations, including Lucy the Elephant, to help bring public awareness that the Jersey shore was open for business after Superstorm Sandy. Handles and the Globetrotters will take the traveling video to Chicago, and will continue to expand the project across the globe.

Catch Franklin and the entire Globetrotters squad in Philadelphia during shows scheduled for March 7-9 at the Liacourus Center and Wells Fargo Center.


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