Harlem Globetrotter’s star Big Easy returns to Louisiana

Louisiana native and Harlem Globetrotters' star Big Easy, talks about how good it feels to back performing in Louisiana.

The Harlem Globetrotters will perform at the Raising Canes River Center, Friday, August 6, 2021. However, for one of their stars, playing in Louisiana means a lot more. 

I can’t wait to come to Baton Rouge man. I can’t wait to be home.” 

Nate Lofton, better known as “Big Easy,” is a New Orleans native. Thought out every step of Easy’s journey, he wears his Louisiana pride on his sleeves. However, there was a time when he tried to shy away from it. 

“When I first became a showman maybe 15 years ago, the first thing I did was go and take speech classes to try and kill that accent and knock those slaves down,” Easy said. “When I come and play at home in the state, I don’t have to. I can walk on the court and say hey what’s up baby? How yall doing you heard me? And they understand what I’m saying. I can just be myself.”

Before Big Easy started his journey as a Harlem Globetrotters, he survived on of Louisiana’s greatest natural disasters, hurricane Katriana. 

“We lost everything and long story short, we evacuated to Houston. I was in Houston, two motel rooms, 13 family members,” Easy said. 

Despite Big Easy’s predicament, his received the biggest opportunity of his life. 

“My agent was like hey, the Globetrotters are coming to town to do a charity event for the survivors of hurricane Katriana, do you want to go and have a workout? And I was like yes,” Easy said. “13 people in two hotel rooms, of course I want to get out here and do anything! Now we 17 seasons later, 90 countries later, three times on the Amazing Race and a whole bunch of accolades that I’m super proud of and happy about.” 

After 17 seasons of playing with the Globetrotters, Easy is excited to help introduce the Spread Game tour. The tour is designed to help modernize the Globetrotters’ performances.

“It’s definitely a different show. It ain’t your grandfather Globetrotters. You’re going to see a lot of unique, a lot of black excellence,” Easy said “We’re coming with these new funky uniforms. We are wearing all black now like superheroes and we just gonna spread game. We’re going to spread our message. We’re gonna spread love and hope, especially in these times.” 

Easy says his game is all about having fun and spreading positive and there is no better place to do that than right here in Louisiana. 

“I can have fun, you know eat some gators boudin balls or whatever I want to do after the show so its special.”