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Thread: RIP Curly Neal

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    RIP Curly Neal

    An iconic Globetrotter. Dude could dribble. He was 77.
    "Amazing what a minute can do."

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    😢😢😭😭

    I recall seeing him play live, as well as the cartoon.

    😭

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    Norfolk, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by Tripping William View Post
    Dude could dribble.
    Understatement!

    R.I.P.
    Bob Green
    DBR Survivor Football Champion
    2010 & 2016

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    remember back in the 80s when we opened the lawndale dominoes in gboro. one of my first deliveries and the door opens and it was curly neal at the door. he was a really nice guy.

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    A wonderful entertainer. RIP

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    One of my two favorite Globetrotters ever

    Along with Meadowlark Lemon of course.

    He went to HS in Greensboro and college in Charlotte and was inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame the same year as ol' Roy.

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    Mar 2008
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    New Orleans, Louisiana
    I didn't realize Curly Neal was from North Carolina. In 2008 he was an inductee to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Their biography of him can be found here.

    Quoted in part, and forgive the use of present tense:

    After an outstanding career at James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C., “Curly” moved on to Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., where he averaged over 23 points per game and led his team to the CIAA title his senior year. He lives in Greensboro with his wife, Rose, and continues to make appearances for the Globetrotters as an “Ambassador of Goodwill.” (2008)
    ETA: Crazy synergy with miramar.

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    When I was young I used to watch Wide World of Sports hoping that it would be an episode that showed the Globetrotters. And Curly Neal was my favorite player on the team.

    RIP to a man I never met but who gave me plenty of fond memories as a child.

  9. #9
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    Feb 2007
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    Rougemont Nebulae
    I was introduced to both the Globetrotters and the King Charles Troupe in the same year by my Dad. RIP Curly.
    Last edited by CameronBlue; 03-26-2020 at 09:09 PM. Reason: You too Dad.

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    My brother snagged a Curly Neal red, white, and blue sweatband that he threw out to the crowd back in the day! The Globetrotters were a big deal back then.

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    Raleigh, NC
    Sweet Georgia Brown.

    Met him in Greensboro when I was a kid. My dad said I was mesmerized. RIP.

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    Raleigh, NC
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/s...neal-dead.html

    A nice piece from the N.Y. Times.

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    Durham, NC
    Curly Neal was a regular at the annual Duke Children's Classic during the 80s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuse View Post
    😢😢😭😭

    I recall seeing him play live, as well as the cartoon.

    😭
    Same here! I saw him in Dorton Arena and at the time thought
    if you couldn't make the Globetrotters, then you settled for the NBA.

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    Feb 2007
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    Raleigh, NC
    My dad and I drove from Durham to Raleigh to see the Globetrotters in Dorton Arena when I was eight years old. We stopped and had dinner at the Angus Barn - my first time ever - on the way home. Needless to say that was a magical outing for this young tot. Curly Neal stole the show! RIP!
    "This is the best of all possible worlds."
    Dr. Pangloss - Candide

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    North Carolina
    Quote Originally Posted by chrishoke View Post
    My dad and I drove from Durham to Raleigh to see the Globetrotters in Dorton Arena when I was eight years old. We stopped and had dinner at the Angus Barn - my first time ever - on the way home. Needless to say that was a magical outing for this young tot. Curly Neal stole the show! RIP!
    Sounds like a truly amazing night at any age. Certainly incredible at 8! Kudos to your dad.

  17. #17
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    St. Louis
    I never met Curly, but when I was 11 or 12 (1968 or '69) we went to see the Globetrotters at the Greensboro Coliseum. Quite a show.

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    The Globies always put on a great show. I saw the several times. I remember seeing them in Hershey, PA in 1959 when they featured Wilt Chamberlain - during the year he had to sit out of the NBA after leaving Kansas. He was too young to play for Philadelphia where he was designated as a Territorial Pick as was permitted at the time.

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    Apr 2008
    Location
    Santa Clara, CA
    Another legend passes. He and Meadowlark were the Globetrotters when I was a kid, I remember watching them with Scooby-Doo. I didn't know he went to JC Smith.

    RIP.

    9F
    Bucket List - Throw a party when Duke MBB has a winning record against Carolina.

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