Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon Dies At 83

medowlark lemon harlem globetrottersGeorge “Meadowlark” Lemon, known also as the “crown prince” of basketball who who entertained millions of fans around the world with his antics as a longtime member of the Harlem Globetrotters, died Sunday, December 27 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 83.

Lemon played 24 seasons and nearly 16,000 games with the Globetrotters, the touring exhibition basketball team known for its slick ball-handling, practical jokes, red-white-and-blue uniforms and multiyear winning streaks against overmatched opponents.

“It’s the joy that counts in life. Not the points, not the things, not the stuff,” Meadowlark would say.

Though skilled enough to play professionally, Lemon instead wanted to entertain, his dream of playing for the Globetrotters hatched after watching a newsreel of the all-black team at a cinema house when he was 11.

Lemon ended up becoming arguably the team’s most popular player, a showman known as much for his confetti-in-the-water-bucket routine, on-the-court comedy antics with referees, and even his half-court hook shots and no-look, behind-the-back passes.