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The basketball world says goodbye to a legend

Known for his erratic and hilarious behavior on the basketball court, Meadowlark Lemon, the icon, showed in the early 1950’s that basketball was more than just putting the ball in the hoop. Unfortunately, he passed on Sunday at the age of 83, says his wife according to New York Times. Lemon passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona where he resided.

He was well known for his “out of the gym”  shots and pranks which included dumping buckets of confetti on referees which are still used today. According to his Times obituary, he was the the “ringmaster” of the Globetrotters’ era and to most, he was considered the “Clown Prince of Basketball.” It is an unfortunate loss for the basketball world, but his contributions to the game will not go unnoticed. Lemon grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina and is survived by his second wife and his 10 children.

 

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