Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

How would David Stern handle this one? Excessively hanging on the rim in the NBA is a technical foul. I wonder if that same rule applies for players who can hang on the rim and taunt their opponents without actual hanging on the rim. Paul Sturgess, a 7-foot-8 player from the Harlem Globetrotters, did just that last week as you can see in the video above that the Globetrotters shared on YouTube. Sturgess is originally from England and is listed as the World’s Tallest Basketball Player in the Guinness Book of World Records. It doesn’t appear that he has much in the way of hops, but who needs it when you’re that tall?

This is why people still go to see the Globetrotters play despite the fact that they are simply an exhibition squad. If watching a 7-foot-8 dude dunk and taunt his opponent while remaining on his feet isn’t worth the price of admission, nothing is.

H/T The Post Game

  • "...if watching a 7-foot-8 dude dunk and taunt his opponent while remaining on his feet isn’t worth the price of admission, nothing is."
    I disagree. Why not just get a ladder and just drop the ball through the net? There is absolutely nothing exciting about seeing an 8-foot player putting a ball in a goal.
  • You can't set up a ladder and attempt to dunk the ball against competition. Thats the difference. and being 7-8.. is pretty amazing to see.
  • I guess you could say the same for a guy who jumps. Might as well get a trampoline and watch him jump from that and drop the ball through the net.
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  • He jumped...barely, but his feet did noticably leave the ground.
  • Both feet left the ground. Here's another thought, are we sure that they are playing these games at the official rim height? This is an entertainment game, needing fresh "schtick" to keep attracting the crowds. Maybe the rims are lowered, a bit, for these Globetrotter games.
    Also, if dunking were disallowed, there'd be many players out of a job.
  • I don't think it's cool, I think that if you touch the rim ie. swinging,wrists, or any touching of the rim you should automaticly sit the rest of the game out period.There is no reason what so ever to touch it.
  • Yeah I saw that too, about 8" jump or so. It's funny watching a white B-Ball player taunting his opponent. I thought the English were a bit more conservative? lol

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