Globetrotters’ Showtime Gaffney To Retire

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: August 4, 2008

PHOENIX — Paul “Showtime” Gaffney, one of the top showmen in the 82-year history of the Harlem Globetrotters, has announced his retirement after 15 years with the world’s most famous basketball team.

The 40-year-old Gaffney played in over 2,250 games with the Globetrotters, visiting 82 countries and entertaining millions of fans around the globe.

“In addition to my teammates, the thing I will miss the most is the fans,” said Gaffney, who says his favorite part of a Globetrotter performance is the post-game autograph session, getting the chance to meet fans up close and personal.

“It has been a great career, seeing the world and making a positive impact and difference in the lives of families. I have many wonderful memories and I am very proud to have played for the Harlem Globetrotters.”

Playing the same position of showmen like Goose Tatum, Meadowlark Lemon, Geese Ausbie and Sweet Lou Dunbar, Gaffney joined the team in 1993 after a standout college career at Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Wearing jersey No. 32, Gaffney became known for his signature half court hook shot and side-splitting humor. A native of Benham, Kentucky, he lists his two trips to South Africa and meeting Nelson Mandela as his top moments with the Globetrotters.

“Showtime has been a terrific and integral part of the Globetrotters for the past 15 years,” said Kurt Schneider, the team’s CEO. “We will miss his showmanship, laughter and dedication.”

The Globetrotters will honor Gaffney at select venues during the 2009 World Tour that tips-off in late December. Plans will be unveiled later this fall.

Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, the Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their 83rd consecutive season of touring the world. The Globetrotters have played in 119 countries on six continents, entertaining over 128 million fans and crossing barriers between cultures, societies and people from all walks of life.

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