Colorado Springs native TNT Maddox on how she became a Harlem Globetrotter
When TNT Maddox became the first female Harlem Globetrotter since 1993, she wasn't sure how she'd be received by her fellow players. But the Colorado Springs native says her teammates are now like her brothers, and that she's had nothing but a positive experience since donning the red, white and blue jersey for the historic team.
In advance of the Globetrotters coming to town for two games on Saturday, January 5, Westword caught up with Maddox to see how she was prepping for another year of bringing a unique brand of basketball to courts around the world.
Westword: How did you get involved with playing for the Harlem Globtrotters?
TNT Maddox: They have scouts that go around the country looking for different talent, and they actually invited me to try out. I went to a few mini-camps before they offered me a contract. The main camp was in Philadelphia, and it was about a month after I had come home from overseas -- I played in Sweden for two years. It went really well. Fortunately for me, it worked out and it's still working.
What is your schedule like throughout the year as a Globetrotter?
We have a United States tour that starts on January 26 and will run until about roughly mid-April, where I alone will probably play 115 to 120 games. That's pretty much a different city every day. After that, it's more the European tour, where we go overseas. We've gone to Afghanistan and played for the troops for the first time ever -- so it's exciting.
Do you feel like you're treated any differently because you're a woman?
I'm glad you brought that up. I wasn't really sure how receptive the guys were going to be about having a woman on the team. But honestly, they're like my brothers now. They really welcomed me with open arms, as far as developing as a Globetrotter.
I tell people, I walked in the door with two brothers, now I have about thirty. (Laughs.) So that's how it feels and I mean, it has been great. The fans have also been really receptive. This opportunity has been awesome for me.