As part of their ongoing “Chronicles of a Record Breaker” series, sports entertainment network Whistle Sports revisited two of the incredible Guinness World Records titles achieved by legendary exhibition basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters.
No strangers to record-breaking, the talented basketball players have been well known to us here at Guinness World Records for many years. The team often attempt a series of record challenges to celebrate GWR Day in November each year.
This video focuses on the particular accomplishments of Thunder Law and Handles Franklin, two Globies who hold multiple Guinness World Records titles between them.
Since his inauguration into the Globetrotters back in 2013, Thunder has broken five records.
However, his iconic title for the Longest basketball shot blindfolded was beaten twice in 2016, most recently by his own teammate Ant Atkinson:
“I don’t want to use the word ‘stole’. I want to say ‘borrowed’, because I’m taking my record back,” said a confident Thunder – so stay tuned!
What’s more, his most recent record for the Farthest basketball shot made while sitting on the court – an impressive distance of 17.91 metres (58 ft 9.25 in), set on 7 November 2016 – is yet to be challenged.
Aside from expert dribbling, Handles’ speciality is the Farthest kneeling basketball shot made backwards, a record he secured in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on Guinness World Records Day 2015.
The distance he achieved was an astounding 18.47 metres (60 ft 7.5 in).
Handles says perfect precision is the key to success with this feat – which is arguably one of the most challenging basketball trick shots.
Watch the video to see how it’s done:
We can’t wait to see what the Harlem Globetrotters take on next!
Previously on Whistle Sports’ "Chronicles of a Record Breaker", we met pool trick shot expert Florian “Venom Trickshots” Kohler, who holds titles including Highest jump pot of a billiard ball and Longest usable pool cue.