There has been a Harlem Globetrotter star death, as Meadowlark Lemon dies at age 83. Lemon was the prankster of the iconic Basketball troupe and he was famous for things like long distance hook shots, expert passing, and playing jokes on the referees like dumping confetti on them.

Prior to the Harlem Globetrotter star death of Lemon, he lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, and also died there. He was with the Globetrotters for about 25 years and was in the team from 1954 to 1978. He has been called the ringmaster of the famous group and as the Clown Prince of Basketball.

Iconic star of basketball lost with Harlem Globetrotter star death

Lemon was six foot three inches tall, and was one of the Globetrotter players that helped to garner large crowds to their events. In fact, in 1948 when the team beat the Minneapolis Lakers they helped bring integration of blacks into the NBA. He was also inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2003, and is also a member of the International Clown Hall of Fame.

Lemon is said to be part of the golden age of the Globetrotters, as it was a time when Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were to enter the league, and he had a great influence on the game of basketball his entire career. Lemon posted on his website that he had played in over 16,000 games in 100 countries before his death.

Wilt Chamberlin paid tribute to Lemon

Basketball player Wilt Chamberlain, who was also at one time a member of the Harlem Globetrotters prior to going into the NBA, said that Lemon was one of the most awesome and sensational players he had ever seen.

Lemon’s skills were said to be good enough to have gotten him into professional basketball, but he instead wanted to be entertaining.

He is said to have had that dream ever since he saw a newsreel of the all-black team Globetrotters playing at a cinema house when he was a child.

Lemon’s career held more than just the Globetrotters

Lemon did more than basketball, and was also in movies, talk shows, and evenScooby Doo. He also became an ordained minister in 1986 and toured the country to speak at basketball camps and youth prisons.

He is survived by his wife Cynthia and his 10 children.

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