Ed Odeven Reporting

It was interesting to gain the perspective from one of the Harlem Globetrotters’ longtime foes.

Nationals don’t mind their role

By Ed Odeven

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (March 9, 2001) — The Harlem Globetrotters continue their tricks…. as the New York Nationals continue to be second wheels. But the Nationals players love their jobs.

Minutes after their latest one-sided defeat to the “Ambassadors of Goodwill” on Sunday, the New York Nationals strolled back to their locker room without fan fare or post-game adoration.

To call the Nationals the Rodney Dangerfield of basketball would be an understatement. But that’s to be expected.

Bud Abbott needed Lou Costello as much as Michael Jordan needed Scottie Pippen.

A truly great act relies on role players, those that are willing to accept a supporting role to help the stars shine.

That’s been the plight of the New York Nationals since the early 1950s when Globetrotters’…

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