"The Harlem 'Kings,' not the Globetrotters," he chuckles. "Sort of like the Globetrotters, definitely an entertaining team to play for, but I mean, at that point I'd play for anybody."
Huntington Beach-based professional basketball player Curtis W. Carter is recounting another of the offbeat teams he played for over the course of the last 10 years or so. He's crafted his odyssey into a series of books, the newest of which is called "The Road to the NBA, Volume 3."
"I played in Spain — all over Europe, in fact," he says, "and then all across the United States in minor leagues, independent leagues — you name it."
The now-journeyman hoopster had a dream as a kid growing up in Ohio, where he excelled in several sports.
"I was pretty good at various sports, but basketball was the dream," he says. "I got very close to the NBA, was scouted by the Houston Rockets after playing in a Texas league for a while, and then it was back on the road — Kosovo, the Cedar Valley Jaguars, up to Washington state. It's gypsy-like, not too different from what a lot of minor league baseball players go through as they try and make it to the show. But we do it because, simply, this is what we do. We chase our dream of being a pro athlete, and the journey is so interesting that I wanted to write about it."