A basketball legend passed away this past Sunday at the age of 83. A legend so great he played center on a team that had Wilt Chamberlain…while only standing 6 foot and 3 inches. That legend was George “Medowlark” Lemon – one of the best and moved loved members of the Harlem Globetrotters.
“Meadowlark was the most sensational, awesome, incredible basketball player I’ve ever seen,” said “point guard” Wilt Chamberlain. “People would say it would be Dr. J or even Jordan. For me, it would be Meadowlark Lemon.”
I never got to see Lemon play in any of his 16,000 games(!) during his 24 seasons with the Globetrotters but when I was 7, I did get to see an episode of Scooby Doo with Lemon along with Curly, Geese, Gip and BJ and I’ve been fan of the franchise since. A franchise that wouldn’t be the loved international phenomenon it is today if it wasn’t for the combination of basketball skills, humor and entertainment that Meadowlark Lemon shared with the world.
Source: NY TIMES