Harlem Globetrotters

Every time 5-foot-10-inch Jacob Tucker files into an arena surrounded by men a foot taller than him, he can hear basketball fans whispering the same question throughout the stands: "What's the ball boy doing with them?" But after Tucker suits up and starts with the high-flying, hand-switching, backboard-bouncing, behind-the-back, through-the-legs, leaping-over-teammates, always-thunderous dunks, the question seems to stop. "They might think I'm the ball boy when I walk into the stadium," says the 23-year-old Illinois College graduate with the 50-inch vertical leap. "After I leave, they know I'm not the ball boy."7 p.m. Tuesday at Hammond Civic Center, 5825 Sohl Ave., Hammond; $15-$50; 219-853-63782 and 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at Allstate Arena, 6290 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont; $20-$170; 847-635-6601Read the full Harlem Globetrotters interview
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