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Audio Interview: Ten-Season Harlem Globetrotter Veteran Chris ‘Handles’ Franklin

It’s not every day that one gets to connect with greatness. But I recently enjoyed that privilege through my conversation with ten-season Harlem Globetrotter veteran Chris ‘Handles’ Franklin.

This Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania graduate used his intense ball handling ability to finish his career second on the school’s all-time assist list, and fifth on the all-time steals list. He finished in the top 10 in the nation in assists and steals not just once, but twice in his college career.

Watching the Globetrotters in animation in the 1970s as he was growing up is how Handles was introduced to the game, and now he’s “living a dream” as he says, reveling in being a Globetrotter himself.

In our conversion, Handles dishes on the new up-and-coming world tour called “The Amazing Feats of Basketball,” the 4-point shot the Globetrotters introduced, his “unfinished business” in the basketball realm, current NBA season predictions, challenges he faced on the road to success and so much more.

Here’s what he had to say…and be sure to check out the full schedule of upcoming games worldwide at



Mason Kern, Host of “The Sports Watchdog” Radio Show on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 Phoenix, spotlights newsworthy current events and happenings in the world of pro, college and youth sports as well as gadgets and gear suited for sports and fitness enthusiasts. Mason frequently appears as a sportscasting guest on various TV and other radio programs, including Good Morning Arizona, KUSI-TV San Diego, “The Sports Hangover” Show on NBC Sports Radio Phoenix and more. View his TV segment clips online at Reach Mason on Twitter @ASportsWatchdog, on Facebook at and on LinkedIn at

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