Villanova earn second title in three years and respect as college basketball’s top programme

Being a Harlem Globetrotter can be a lot like someone who landed in a career they never planned on pursuing – it may not be your first choice, but when it finds you, it can end up being just as fulfilling as anything else, if not more.

Orlando ‘El Gato’ Melendez grew up with dreams of making his name on a basketball court, but they were never the kind in which he performed tricks to dazzle children and families.

Because long before he ever wanted to don the iconic red-striped shorts and blue jersey of the Globetrotters, Melendez wanted to ‘be like Mike’.

Growing up in his native Puerto Rico in the 1980s, Melendez was no different to the countless number of kids in the United States who were captivated and inspired by Michael Jordan.

The Globetrotters couldn’t compete with ‘His Airness’, even if Melendez knew who they were… sort of.

“I thought the Globetrotters were cartoons

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