So sad. Basketball great Meadowlark Lemon passed away at his Arizona home on Sunday, Dec. 27, at the age of 83, a new report claims. Despite never playing in the NBA, the Harlem Globetrotters player was one of the greatest and most popular to ever play the game.
Our hearts are breaking right now. Harlem Globetrotters legend Meadowlark Lemon, who is arguably one of the greatest basketball players to have ever lived, died at his Arizona home on Sunday, Dec. 27. So in an effort to celebrate his life, we put together a list of things you should know about this basketball great.
1. During his basketball career, Meadowlark became known as the “Clown Prince of Basketball,” as he served for more than two decades as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.
2. According to Meadowlark’s website, he started playing basketball at a very young age. He made his first basketball hoop out of an onion sack and a coat hanger. He also used an empty can of Carnation milk to make his first two-point shot!
3. Meadowlark “played college basketball at Florida A&M and then was drafted into the Army for two years before he applied to join the Harlem Globetrotters in 1954,” according to Fox News. He began playing for the team in 1955.
4. Meadowlark, who was actually born Meadow Lemon III, changed his name in the 1950s because, he said, “The birds named meadowlark are known for their sweet and happy songs. I always tried to put a song in the hearts of my fans.”
5. Meadowlark became the most popular and visible player of the Globetrotters. However, he left the team in 1978 over a contract dispute.
Meadowlark, whose death was confirmed to the New York Times, is survived by his wife, Cynthia, and his ten children. “I want you to always remember that life’s most meaningless statistic is the half time score and as far as I’m concerned it’s always half-time,” he once said on his website.
Our thoughts go out to Meadowlark’s family and friends during this difficult time.