Harlem Globetrotters legend has passed away.
Meadowlark Lemon died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 83, The New York Times reported.
Lemon, who was originally from North Carolina, had dreamed of playing for the entertainment basketball team since he was a boy. His dream came true in 1954 after leaving the Army.
A few years later, Lemon was the central player who helped build the team’s reputation for on-the-court jokes and was eventually known as the Clown Prince of Basketball, according to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
As a kid, I saw the Harlem Globetrotters live a few times. That kind of entertainment combined with sheer skill never leaves a person’s memory. Neither does their theme song.
Take the time to watch Lemon’s acceptance speech when he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Some great moments: