By: Tim Studebaker

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – It's a timeless classic.  Longstanding rivals, the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals, have been battling it out for decades, and they'll do it again in a couple of weeks in Providence. 

Zeus McClurkin plays for the Globetrotters.

McClurkin says, "You're going to see a lot of high flying slam dunks, half–court trick shots, and crowd participation this year that's unrivaled in sports."

More than just a basketball game, they're famous for showing off their incredible tricks.

McClurkin says, "You're going to see us going up into the stands here at the Dunk.  We might bring you guys down, spin the ball on your finger."

McClurkin says it's about more than just basketball and tricks for him.

McClurkin says, "We're going to children's hospitals.  We have a program called smile patrol.  Going into the rooms and putting the smiles on kids' faces."

He was nice enough to try to teach me a few tricks, and I definitely tested his patience.  We tried a few tricks, some of which didn't go so well, but he was able to get the basketball spinning on my finger which was cool.

Good thing you'll see McClurkin and the others – rather than me – if you head to the Dunk for the game.

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