BY JOE BYRD
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
At Greeneville High School, Chris Poore played basketball all across the state. At Tusculum College, he played all over the country.
Now playing with the Washington Generals, Poore will have a chance to play all around the world.
The Washington Generals are the exhibition team that travels to play against the Harlem Globetrotters. Poore and the team arrive in Brazil today where he will get his career under way.
"It's obviously very exciting for me," he said. "I just enjoy basketball, and I am glad I can be able to continue my career as a player. I really didn't feel like I had fulfilled my expectations as a player. This is going to give me a chance and offer a lot of opportunities for me."
Poore had plenty of success at Greeneville and Tusculum. After his career with the Pioneers was complete, Poore still had the urge to play. He has been an assistant coach at Greeneville the past two years, keeping himself involved in the game.
"In high school, I always had a dream of playing college basketball. I didn't know if it would go farther than that," Poore said. "Throughout college, as I saw some of the players I played with go on and play, I kind of got in my mind that I could go somewhere and play.
"Never in my mind would I imagined I would be traveling with and playing against the Globetrotters."
It was going to watch a college teammate that set Poore on his path to a career with the Generals.
Former Pioneer Tyler White was already with the squad. Poore went to watch him play, and that set things in motion.
After the trip to Brazil, Poore reports to training camp in September in New York and from there the Generals will embark on a European tour to square off against the Globetrotters almost every night.
Anyone familiar with the Globetrotters and Generals knows it's a lopsided series. The Generals are there to make the clown princes of basketball look good.
While the Globetrotters are entertaining the fans, the Generals play serious basketball. The Generals try to spoil the fun. It just never seems to work out.
Poore said that's OK.
"I am going to be there for the show and enjoy every minute of it," he said. "I've always enjoyed winning, but if I've ever looked forward to losing I guess this would be one way to do it."
What Poore looks forward to most is still playing the game he loves.
"I get to travel, play basketball and have fun," Poore said. "It's all about the experience for me right now and the opportunities that have opened up. I am very grateful for every one."