Globetrotters let fans vote on the game rules

Cheese Chisholm wants your vote Wednesday for the 4-point shot.

Chisholm is a point guard for the Harlem Globetrotters and a long-ball specialist.

“That’s my shot,” Chisholm said during a telephone interview from Beaumont, Texas.

The Harlem Globetrotters introduced the 4-point shot in December 2010. Players get the extra point for shots about 35 feet from the basket, 12 feet beyond the NBA’s 3-point arc.

When the Globetrotters return to the Covelli Centre on Wednesday, the 4-point shot is one of several rule changes the fans in attendance can pick for that evening’s game against the Washington Generals.

On the “You Write the Rules” World Tour, fans can vote for the 4-point shot or to have each basket count double point-wise or to have the teams play with two basketballs simultaneously or other options.

Chisholm said no one option has been most popular on the tour with the fans, but the 4-pointer remains his favorite.

“You have to practise that day in, day out,” he said. “It’s a tough shot. People think it’s easy, but when they try it, they shoot air balls.”

Chisholm is in his third season with the Globetrotters after playing college basketball at Ball State University (he graduated in 2010 with a degree in communications). At 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, Chisholm was small by today’s NBA standards, but joining the Globetrotters gave him a chance of making his dream come true to play professional basketball.

He’s joined on the current roster by such players as Big Easy Lofton, Scooter Christensen, the 7-foot-4 Stretch Middleton and female star TNT Maddox.

Chisholm came to the team as an athlete, not an entertainer, and the Globetrotters always have combined both in its 87-season history.

“I had no tricks,” he said. “I had to practice all of that. Now I’m the best ball handler, the best dribbler.”

And he’s a bit of a showman too. Chisholm picked up the nickname “Cheese” because, “I have the best smile on the team. You can see it from the nosebleed section.”

Since becoming a Globetrotter, he has traveled to 25 countries, including playing before a sold out crowd at London’s Wembley Arena and playing before a hometown crowd at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center.

“I get to be a good will ambassador on and off the court and get to carry on the traditions of the Globetrotters that the legendary Globetrotters set before me.”