Ready to Challenge the Globetrotters

Ready to Challenge the Globetrotters


Legendary team returns to court ready to take on its longtime nemesis


WASHINGTON, December 19, 2017 ­– It’s been three years of planning and preparation, but the Washington Generals are returning to the court in an attempt to turn around their historic losing streak.   Beginning with eight games in the New York metropolitan area from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, as part of the Harlem Globetrotters’ 2018 “Amazing Feats of Basketball” World Tour, the Generals will officially begin the road to toppling their long-running nemesis.

In the past, the Washington Generals franchise had become synonymous with losing, careless talent, and poor coaching, but that is no longer the case. Behind former college all-American and NBA player, Sam Worthen, and General Manager Kenny Smith, the new-look Generals are seeking to build upon their debut this past summer in the $2 million dollar, winner-take-all “TBT” (The Basketball Tournament) on ESPN.

“I have never been more confident than I am about our comeback this year” said Sam Worthen head coach of the Washington Generals. “The players, coaches, and fans have been waiting for this moment for years, and I am so excited to be part of giving the Harlem Globetrotters their first loss.”

Longtime fans of the Generals will notice that the product isn’t just different on the court, it’s been fine-tuned off of it, as well. The Washington Generals are stepping out of the dark days, and embracing the 21st century. As part of its return, the Generals will feature a new website (, a fresh and sharp logo, and of course – a social media presence. Fans of the team can follow their exploits on Twitter at @TheGenerals.

“The entire team is pumped up for this 2018 tour because we're better than ever and even have a whole new look” said Trey Bardsley, point guard for the Washington Generals.


Fans looking to buy tickets to an upcoming game between the Generals and the Harlem Globetrotters, can go to to check out upcoming dates and times. Additionally, those looking to partner with the Washington Generals as they begin their new foray, can email for more information.

About the Washington Generals
The Washington Generals have been around as a franchise since 1952.  Founded by the legendary Louis “Red” Klotz, who was a member of the 1948 NBA Champion Baltimore Bullets, the Generals were the Harlem Globetrotters opposition team for nearly six decades. As an Army veteran, Klotz named the team the Washington Generals in honor of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had just been elected President of the United States. The Generals franchise has lost well over 17,000 games to the Globetrotters but has not been without its triumphs. They defeated the Globetrotters in 1954 and 1958, and on Jan. 5, 1971, thanks to a last-second basket by Klotz – they beat the Globetrotters 100-99 in Martin, Tenn., and snapped a 2,495-game winning streak for the Globetrotters. Sadly, Klotz passed away on July 14, 2014, at the age of 93, but his legacy lives on as the “new” Generals will renew their rivalry with the Globetrotters later this year. For more information, check out or follow on Twitter: @TheGenerals.