WASHINGTON — Meadowlark Lemon, the Harlem Globetrotters player known as the “clown prince” of basketball has died.
Lemon died Dec. 27 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 83.
Lemon played for the Harlem Globetrotters comedy entertainment basketball team for 24 years during their heyday, from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s.
A born-again Christian, Lemon became an ordained minister in 1986 and eventually settled in Scottsdale where he ran his Meadowlark Lemon Ministries, Inc., in an effort to reach out to youthful offenders.
According to his biography, Lemon firmly believed “that God planted this dream in his heart and then gave him the relentless desire, determination, energy and the talent to pursue his dream.”