Meadowlark Lemon, iconic star of the Harlem Globetrotters, dies at 83

December 28, 2015 3:38 PM

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Meadowlark Lemon, iconic star of the Harlem Globetrotters, dies at 83

Meadowlark Lemon, the iconic prankster whose smooth showmanship was the hallmark of the traveling basketball troupe known as the Harlem Globetrotters, has died, his wife told the New York Times. He was 83.

Famous for his long-distance hook shots, sublime passing and pranks that included dumping buckets of confetti on referees, Lemon became the Globetrotters' biggest star. His nearly 25-year career with the prolific team, from 1954-78, gave rise to popularity of the NBA.

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