Saturday, June 18, 2011

Best of the Guest Generals: Flea

Copyright © by Leon Wilson. Used under creative commons.

Most of the time the Guest Generals are members of the local media. Usually radio or television but occasionally members of the seemingly dying newspaper medium don the number "00". 

That is not surprising, as the Guest General conecpt is done as a way for the media to help promote the Globetrotters games. Plus local celebrities are a good, cheap way to get the local fans attentions. 

However, every once in a while, they break from the mold and get someone outside of the usual realm of TV, Radio, or Newspaper reporters. They did it with another "Best of the Guest Generals" entry I covered with the Butler Bulldogs, a Belgian singing star once donned the green and gold, and they have also had Guest Generals who play for a charity. 

But on February 14th at the Staples Center, the Washington Generals signed arguably their most famous Guest General ever. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

For those of you not familiar with them, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are a rock band first formed in 1983. In their over 20 years of existence they have recorded several hit songs including, but certainly not limited to, "Under the Bridge", "Give it Away", and "Scar Tissue". Just to name a few. 

The band has gone through several changes in members over the years, but Flea is one of the members who has been with the group since the beginning. 

As far as his ball handling skills during the game that night... lets just say Flea is a very good bass player. 

Flea did not light up the court with his playing ability that night, but he looked like he was having a good time, despite the fact Big Easy seemed harder than usual on him. Likely due to the fact Flea was famous enough to have a thicker skin. 

Flea may not have a future as a basketball player, but he definitley showed he is willing to laugh at himself and allow the Globetrotters to have some fun with him in the interest of entertaining fans. If that isn't a man with the heart of a Washington General I don't know what is.

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