We can’t say for sure how it started. “We weren’t just entertainers. A few players in NBA history have been called “Big Dog.” We get it, since it’s a really good nickname. A mural commemorating Neal's achievements both as a Globetrotter and his time playing for Dudley High School is painted in the basketball gym of the Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA at 1101 East Market Street in Greensboro. Kobe. Our thoughts go out to the Globetrotters family and the entire basketball world during these most difficult of times. Neal suited up with the Globetrotters during the height of their popularity from 1963-85, playing in 97 different countries. Some people call Charles Barkley “Sir Charles,” which is kind of blah. Smith has a nickname of his own though. Nik Stauskas was never a remarkable NBA player. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. He is survived by Ware, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Taking to Twitter on Wednesday (Nov. 4), Scott thanked everyone who helped secure the win. He’s Magic Johnson. What is Allen Iverson the answer to? Robert Parish played for 21 seasons, and for an NBA-record 1,611 regular-season games. What happens if no presidential candidate gets 270 electoral votes? You can even just call him “Dream,” and people will know whom you’re talking about. “We have lost one of the most genuine human beings the world has ever known,” Globetrotters general manager Jeff Munn said in a statement released by the team. He was 77. Everybody knows Michael Jordan, right? Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. Your Ad Choices “I’m a lover not a lighter [because] they burn out. He had a long time to earn a nickname. I am an eternal fire and burning love, either leave with a tan, a [third] degree burn, or stay and die in love. Thanks for contacting us. Rik Smits was a giant guy from the Netherlands who was an underrated player. Fred "Curly" Neal, who played 22 seasons for the Globetrotters and was just the fifth player of the organization to have his number retired, has died at the age of 77. (not as good of a nickname) was the Answer. “I’m proud, energized and humbled by your [belief] in me and what we can accomplish together,” he tweeted. He averaged 7.0 points per game in his career; however, Horry made several iconic big shots. Most guys get nicknames for their physical traits or their offensive acumen. Sincerely, the fireman.”. The beloved ball player played 22 seasons with the Globetrotters. Neal played in more than 6,000 games over 22 seasons and entertained audience around the world. I say what’s old is new again!” Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas tweeted after hearing the news of Neal’s passing. Kenny Smith is on TNT’s NBA programming with two other nicknamed gentleman in Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. Maybe “Clyde the Glide” doesn’t make a ton of sense, but we don’t care. Johnson will always be Magic, which is also a great nickname for a crazy talented point guard. You could say he’s called Kenny “The Jet” Smith because of his speed. The great Wilt Chamberlain used to say, ‘When you were a young black kid in the ’40s, you loved Joe Louis and the Harlem Globetrotters.’ ”. He was even an All-Star once. Neal lived in Houston with his fiancée Linda Ware until his death. Tunechi seemingly addressed the breakup with a cryptic rant about love. Here are our 25 favorite NBA nicknames. We certainly do, and so do NBA fans. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Jalen Rose: Renaissance Man His “Jumpman” logo is still iconic. "Curly's basketball skill was unrivaled by most, and his warm heart and huge smile brought joy to families worldwide. Let’s not get pedantic. We hope this film illuminates a side of this incredible group and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chili” Thomas that longtime fans and viewers alike have not seen before.”. “For the black community, the team was a special source of pride, even if it appeared as if we were the butt of the joke. The model supposedly confirmed the break up on her Instagram Story writing, “Sometimes love just isn’t enough,” before going live on Instagram. It rains a lot in Seattle, and if you get buckets you could be said to be making it rain. Whatever the case, Bidot reportedly denied the split on Twitter and she and Tunechi still follow each other on the bird app. However, one day the closed captioning on a game turned “Nik Stauskas” into “Sauce Castillo.” In the modern era that was able to go viral, and a guy who never made much of an impact on the court got a great nickname anyway. Call him Hakeem. He had those basketball shoes that were way cheaper than Jordan’s. Harlem Globetrotters legend Curly Neal dies at age 77, I Can't Believe This Social Security Bonus Was So Easy, Americans Are Obsessed With New Blanket That Puts You To Sleep In Minutes, 23 New Gadgets That Will Sell Out Before the Holidays. TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozanda “Chili” Thomas are executive producers on the special alongside Emmy-winners Roger Ross Williams, and Geoff Martz, through their production company, One Story Up. Robert Horry won seven NBA titles even though he was never THAT good of a player. All that mattered was A.I. Flying through the air is MJ’s thing. The basketball legend played 22 seasons (over 6,000 games) with the Harlem Globetrotters! “Distance Shot making and dribbling is back!! That wasn’t really what was important. Now he’s a two-time MVP, and The Greek Freak has entered the lexicon. Call him Akeem. If you are an NBA player, there is a good chance you are a known name. And yet it was perfect. Works for us. “Air Jordan” isn’t super creative for a guy named Michael Jordan. That’s what he’s known as now. LeBron. Dennis Rodman’s nickname “The Worm” is an indelible one. Vince Carter had a ton of nicknames: “Air Canada.” “Half Man, Half Amazing.” The best of the bunch, though, is “Vinsanity.” His dunking skills were insane, or rather “Vinesane.” It just rolls off the tongue, and until “Linsanity” it was the one “insanity” nickname out there. VIBE Staff. RIP Curly Neal! Shawn Kemp was one of those players who wasn’t overrated necessarily, but he is oversized in our memory because of his big, splashy highlights. This is a nickname that has superseded his actual name. Nabbing just over 71% of the vote, Scott bested opponent Bob Wallace who trailed with 20.11%. “His basketball skill was unrivaled by most, and his warm heart and huge smile brought joy to families worldwide. Born in Greensboro, N.C., Neal was a star college basketball player at Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, earning all-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors. Neal lived in Houston with his fiancé , Linda Ware, until his death. Sometimes you would have to wait out the cliff diving... Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Neal is survived by two daughters, six grandchildren and his fiancée, Linda Ware. Fred “Curly” Neal, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters player, passed away at his home in Houston on Thursday (March 26). That same year, he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. He fit to the guys he was guarding like a glove. I’m proud, energized and humbled by your belief in me and what we can accomplish together. It’s such a simple nickname, but it’s so iconic. It’s just fun to call somebody “The Big O.”. It’s a pitch-perfect nickname. We just known that Hakeem Olajuwon is “The Dream.” It’s a rhyming nickname and a perfect one. Related slideshow: The 25 best NBA nicknames of all time (Provided by Yardbarker), Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Violence in Portland sparks arrests, National Guard activation, Restaurants and bars owned by celebrities. by Born on May, 19, 1942 in Greensboro, N.C., Neal attended Greensboro-Dudley High School and Johnson C. Smith University, where he played on the basketball team averaging 23.1 points per game. Man, when Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler were on the same team, it was a dynamic nickname duo. When Sam Hinkie tore down the 76ers to rebuild them, it became known by fans as “The Process.” “Trust The Process” became the rallying cry. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. “I live the way I love and love the way I live,” he wrote on Wednesday (Nov. 4). We could not have made it here without your support. It was a formidable nickname and fitting for a guy who changed the NBA. Fred Curly Neal Death Click link for full video. Details of who he was married to, his family and whether he had children are not known. "I see this as the opportunity for rebirth,” Scott, 36, told Baltimore’s WBAL-TV 11 News following the big win. When you are over 7-foot tall it’s pretty easy to dunk. Some guys are known by only one name. One of the first all-black teams in the 1920s, the Globetrotters helped break down social barriers, which was one reason Neal was so proud to be a part of the organization. Everybody calls him “Clyde the Glide” so you know that works as a nickname. How did he get it though? Ware was the daughter of George Stillwagon, but she spent several years in a Steubenville, Ohio, orphanage, following her mother's death. That’s also the nickname of Oklahoma State’s mascot. “The Big” whatever is usually a decent nickname concept, but none of them tops “The Big O” as a nickname. You may very well be a star and even one who surpasses the world of sports fandom. Before he even retired he was being called “Big Shot Bob,” which is, frankly, a great nickname. Walmart’s best early Black Friday deals to shop right now, Save over 15% on this 15-piece cutlery set from Cuisinart, The Container Store takes 25% off storage, furniture and more, 36 luxury gifts for men worth splurging on this Christmas, The best holiday gifts for the foodies in your life this Christmas, Lori Loughlin is a 'wreck' while serving time in California prison, Police, protesters clash in NYC as demonstration turns chaotic. However, Parish wasn’t the most dynamic of personalities. #CurlyNeal and #MarcusHaynes taught me how to dribble.”, Even after he retired, Neal still made appearances with the Globetrotters. The basketball world received some sad news on Thursday with reports that Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred “Curly” Neal has passed away at the age of 77, per TMZ Sports. Your California Privacy Rights When he got a rebound, they would also play a bell chiming in Detroit. Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights That’s actually how he got his nickname. In his heyday, the team was very popular, appearing on “ABC’s Wide World of Sports,” “CBS Sports Spectacular,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine,” “The Love Boat,” “The White Shadow” and “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island.”. He was 77. Jack Young took over as an interim mayor. However, Giannis is Greek, and he’s a physical freak, and those words rhyme. Rumors have been swirling that Lil Wayne’s apparent girlfriend, Denise Bidot, broke up with him after he publicly endorsed Donald Trump. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved He had two daughters, Rocurl (Raquel) and Laverne Neal, and six grandchildren, David, Dante, Jayden, Brandon, Deja, and Hailey. Not bad for an undersized, undrafted player. Sure, technically Big Ben is just the bell — not the clock or the giant tower. Now, if only Embiid and the Sixers could complete that process. There are a couple of those on this list. Until Russell Westbrook came around, Oscar Robertson was the last player to average a triple-double over a whole NBA season. #Election2020 #BaltimoreCityVoteshttps://t.co/xkzI2Lvv2p pic.twitter.com/Bd1YgzeWIT, — FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) November 4, 2020. A source reportedly told the site that Bidot was “shocked” and “disappointed” by Wayne’s political declaration. Fred “Curly” Neal, the popular retired Harlem Globetrotter known for his fancy dribbling and outsized personality, died Thursday at his home just outside Houston. This is maybe the best nickname story of the bunch. I truly believe that we helped ease many of the tensions that pulled at the country.