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How to Play Basketball with The Harlem Wizards

Learn about the Harlem Wizards in this Howcast basketball video.


Dwayne: Broadway Jones.

Broadway: Eric "Broadway" Jones. Dwayne "The Swooper" Simpson.

Dwayne: That's me. That's me. Now, we are, obviously, the two experts here.

Broadway: That's what it's all about.

Dwayne: We're going to talk to you guys about the Harlem Wizards. The Harlem Wizards have been around for 50 years, traveling all around the world, putting smiles on faces in many, many different places. All of the Harlem Wizards have played somewhere collegiately.

Broadway: Yeah. It's all about awe inspiring basketball.

Dwayne: That's right. That's right.

Broadway: A fundamental base.

Dwayne: Mm-hm.

Broadway: Then being able to move on to expert level to master the trickery ...

Dwayne: Yes.

Broadway: ... and wizardry.

Dwayne: Yes.

Broadway: The Wizards were started by Howie Davis ...

Dwayne: Uh-huh.

Broadway: ... in 1962.

Dwayne: Wow.

Broadway: Thus, having 50 years ...
Dwayne: 50 years?

Broadway: ... in existence. The Wizards have played in over 30 countries.

Dwayne: Wow.

Broadway: And, the Wizards have had five players to actually make it into the Hall of Fame.

Dwayne: Wow. The Basketball Hall of Fame.

Broadway: The Hall of Fame. Including, the first woman to ever play with a professional team, Nancy Lieberman Cline.

Dwayne: Wow.

Broadway: And, then you have notables, like Connie Hawkins and "Tiny" Archibald.

Dwayne: Wow, wow, wow.

Broadway: To say the least.

Dwayne: Wow, man. Lots of celebrities also been in this uniform, huh?

Broadway: I mean, you talk about the Wizards having guys, like Lawrence Taylor.

Dwayne: Lawrence Taylor.

Broadway: Yeah. You have guys who've played against the Wizards ...

Dwayne: Yeah.

Broadway: ... like, Kobe Bryant.

Dwayne: Whoa. Kobe?

Broadway: So, there's players who've played with and against the Wizards ...

Dwayne: Mm-hmm.

Broadway: ... who definitely have some great celebrity status.

Dwayne: Yeah.

Broadway: And I think people really just enjoy being out there ...

Dwayne: Right.

Broadway: ... and having fun. And they see what the Wizards do, so they want to be a part of it.

Dwayne: Nice, nice.

Broadway: So we can combine basketball, entertainment, comedy and fun.

Dwayne: Mm-hmm.

Broadway: It's what makes a good Harlem Wizard.

Dwayne: It sure is, man. And you know what? We use all these talents, the basketball, the fun, as ambassadors ...

Broadway: Of the game.

Dwayne: ... for the game to send other positive messages.

Broadway: To kids, so they don't make mistakes like we did.

Dwayne: Right.

Broadway: Getting thrown out of the classroom.

Dwayne: Right. Right. Right.

Broadway: Wait till class is over ...

Dwayne: Then, you'll have some fun.

Broadway: ... then you'll have some fun.

Dwayne: There you go. There you go.

Broadway: There you go. All in all, man, it's really all about spreading a good message.

Dwayne: You got it.

Broadway: Taking on the role of being a role model to these young people.

Dwayne: Of course it is. Of course.

Broadway: Because they listen to us.

Dwayne: Of course.

Broadway: I'm gonna teach the people how to play some basketball.

Dwayne: Are you ready?

Broadway: I'm ready. Of course I'm ready.

Dwayne: Because I know how to play this game.

Broadway: Yeah, baby.

Dwayne: You know what I'm saying? 'Cuz I'll hit 'em with the tricks. Do some tricks. You see that?

Broadway: Oh, you practiced?

Dwayne: Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Broadway: Whoa.

Dwayne: That's nice, man.

Broadway: We're gonna teach you how to play the game, and how to do some tricks. So make sure you stay tuned, and learn all about the Wizards, and how we do.

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