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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Harlem Globetrotters are placing more of an emphasis on crowd interaction these days, a pair of the acrobatic hoopsters told CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes on Sunday.

The team’s dazzling exhibition games now include an online-voting component as well as more interaction between players and fans in the arenas.

“We want people to come out, have a good time,” Hawk Thomas said. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to meet different kids and just the smiles on their faces and how we can impact their life from just one game.”

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Bull Bullard said fans can expect “a lot of high-flying dunks (and) great family entertainment. A lot of fun.”

The Globetrotters are making the rounds throughout the metro area over the next several days. The team will play at the Westchester County Center (Tuesday), Barclays Center (Friday), Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Saturday), Madison Square Garden (Feb. 16), the Prudential Center in Newark (Feb. 16) and the IZOD Center in East Rutherford (Feb.17).

Bullard also discussed his frightening November dunk in Honduras when a backboard nearly came crashing down on top of him. Video of the incident went viral on the Internet.

“I’m OK,” he said. ” … The rim didn’t have any support. But it’s one of my million dunks that I do all the time.”

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