The Harlem Globetrotters have become as much of a holiday tradition as any of the stuffy old shows you’ll find on theater stages this time of year. And a Diamond Cutter ball roll is way cooler than some dancer prancing around in a giant mouse costume. You pretty much know what you’re getting with the 83-year-old basketball troupe: fancy hoop tricks, a little courtside comedy, a bucket of confetti in your face. But these vets are pros at what they do; they’re skilled players and hard-working showmen. They’re promising an “all-new spectacular show” when their 2010 World Tour comes to the Q today, but not much besides the names have changed since the heyday of Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal. We’re not sure what Flight Time Lang, Scooter Christensen and the rest of the guys have planned. But it sure beats Scrooge’s creaky bah-humbugs. The Harlem Globetrotters are at Quicken Loans Arena (One Center Ct., 888.894.9424) at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets: $17-$145. — Michael Gallucci
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