Harlem Globetrotters Hit the Court in Dawson Creek

T-Time races down the court during her first few seconds of play in the first quarter of the Harlem Globetrotters versus the Global Select World Championship game at the EnCana Event's Centre in Dawson Creek. Lynsey Kitching Photo

T-Time races down the court during her first few seconds of play in the first quarter of the Harlem Globetrotters versus the Global Select World Championship game at the EnCana Event’s Centre in Dawson Creek. Lynsey Kitching Photo

Lynsey Kitching

You don’t see NBA players taking four pointers, unless the clock is about to run out, and even then they don’t get four points, only three. However, you do witness multiple shots hit 12 feet behind the NBA three-point-line by Harlem Globetrotters and their opponents, Global Select, in a good old fashioned world championship basketball game.

The two teams rolled into Dawson Creek last Sunday to entertain a small but entertainable crowd.

Of course, the Globetrotters won by two points in a 113 to 111 finish.

T-Time is the tenth woman to be part of the Globetrotters and for her, it is a dream come true.

She says, “It’s wonderful. I barely even notice it most of the time. On the court they treat me just like one of the guys; if I fall I better get up. I notice it when I need to get my eyebrows done. They don’t want to go with me to do that.”

She continues, “I love what I do here. My dream was always to play professional sports so playing with men is like the pinnacle to me.”

After the game, the team trotted back south down to California to T- Time’s home town of Oakland.

T-Time explains how she landed herself a gig playing on the internationally known entertainment oriented team. She says, “I played college basketball at Dominican University, and when I finished up there, an agent called and offered to take me. The Harlem Globetrotters saw my highlight tape and called me up for a workout. The rest is history.”

This is her first year on the team, but she has already had some meaningful experiences. T-Time explains, “It’s been quite the experience. My first tour was the military tour that we had in November. We had the chance to go overseas and entertain the troops. The Harlem Globetrotters have been to 120 countries. So when we went to Afghanistan it was the 121st country. I was able to be a part of that and entertain the troops for the holidays,” she continues, “It was really good because it was almost like bringing a piece of home to them because they couldn’t get home to their families.”

As most people know, the Harlem Globetrotters are crowd pleasers, and do lots and lots of difficult tricks, slam dunks, tom foolery, dancing and jokes during their games. T-Time says her favourite trick is spinning the ball on some else’s finger.

“People always get a kick outta that,” she says with a smile.

All of the players have nicknames, some very ironic, such as the littlest guy on the team being named Too Tall and the tallest guy who is over seven feet is named Tiny.

T-Time explains how her nickname came to be, “My name is Tammy right, so they nicknamed me T, so when I have the ball in my hand, it’s my time to shine, so it’s T-Time.”

“I always say challenge the status quo. Don’t look at what’s been done so far because if you do, you’re looking at air. Don’t be afraid. I have a younger sister and I always tell her, ‘look, if you tell your dreams to people and they don’t look at you like you’re crazy, you’re not pushing hard enough. Push hard,” says T-Time to all the girls and women out there.