As a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Shane “Scooter” Christensen has played basketball in more than 50 countries and even on an aircraft carrier. But the 1997 Bishop Gorman High School graduate is relishing the chance to play in front of family and friends when the Globetrotters take the court at the Orleans Arena on Feb. 15.
The Las Vegas native is in his seventh season with the Globetrotters. He earned a spot with the team after gaining attention for his ball-handling skills as a practice player with the Phoenix Suns. He now holds the Guinness World Record for longest duration spinning a basketball on his nose (5.1 seconds) and the record for spinning a ball on his head (7.9 seconds).
“I had a lot of burn marks on my head and my nose trying to get those tricks down,” he says. “But I’ve gotten to the point now where I can spin the ball on my nose and then it rolls onto my head and stops [there]. I’m still trying to perfect it as much as I can.”