TODAY   |  October 09, 2012

Sara Haines trains with the Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters were founded in 1926 and have won more than 24,000 games over the last 87 years. Now they’ve taken on another challenge – inviting TODAY’s Sara Haines to join them at training camp. Globetrotters TNT, Dizzy and Big Easy join the fourth hour hosts to reveal whether Sara has what it takes to make the team.

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>>> all righty, time for sara in the city. this week sara takes a trip up town to shoot hoops.

>> the team has won over 24,000 games over the last 87 or so years, but that didn't stop them from inviting ms. sara from coming to practice.

>> these guys and girls are amazing. i was so honored to join them at training, but did i make the team? probably not. take a look. founded in 1926 , the harlem globetrotters are still famous after all these years. they've played in 120 countries and dazzled over 136 million fans on six continents. how do you top that? ask me to join them at training camp . how long have you been coaching?

>> coaching, like, my sixth year.

>> but you were on the team too.

>> yes, i played for 24 years.

>> were you good?

>> was i good, is that even a question here, hello, my name is sweet lou , sara .

>> hello, sara . you're going to work out with us, you also have to dress like us. you haven't earned a nickname yet. your name is going to be blank, okay?

>> oh, yeah!

>> love that one.

>> oh, yeah!

>> yeah!

>> so i just learned a few tricks and now they actually want me to scrimmage. got to brush the dust off the ball a little. wait, i got to get my bangs out. got it? that was so cute, a guy that does a ponytail? love you. oh, i thought you were going to run me over. oh! how did i do today? i thought i made the team.

>> well, if you look on the back of your jersey, you don't have a nickname that. so we're working on that. once you get a nickname, maybe you can join the team.

>> should i wait by the phone or something?

>> wait by the phone, but make sure it's on the charger.

>> nice job, ms. sara .

>> she was getting some moves there.

>> you didn't miss all the air balls, by the way.

>> joining us here, harlem globetrotters tnt, raise your hands, big easy lofton. hi, guys. looking fine in pink.

>> by the way, congratulations, you were at the barclays center and set another record. how was that, by the way, playing there?

>> awesome. we've been around eight, seven years, first time playing in brooklyn.

>> you looked good, though.

>> thank you, thank you. we were extremely excited to debut our 2013 you write the world tour . it's something we're excited about. the fans have a chance to vote on the rules in the games we play.

>> there was 15,000 or so.

>> 15,000 fans, that's right, that's right.

>> you, the woman amongst them. nobody would say you're a tall individual, right?

>> i have to make up for it in other ways.

>> feisty and fast.

>> why the pink?

>> we have a breast cancer awareness initiative that we're starting this season. it's going to extend past october and we're going to be playing with a pink basketball through a portion of 270 games.

>> look at big easy .