Former Harlem Globetrotters start Meadowlark Lemon dies at 83

Harlem Globetrotters Meadowlark Lemon teases a Washington Generals player with the basketball during a game.

Harlem Globetrotters Meadowlark Lemon teases a Washington Generals player with the basketball during a game.

Meadowlark Lemon, a beloved former leader of the Harlem Globetrotters, died at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Sunday. He was 83. Lemon joined the comedic basketball troupe in 1954, and served as one of its key showmen until 1978. He was often called the “Clown Prince” of basketball during his more than 16,000 games with the Globetrotters. Lemon, born in Wilmington, N.C., was also a minister.

He will be sorely missed.

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