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Meadowlark Lemon

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Breeze147, Dec 30, 2015.

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  1. Breeze147

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    Since we seem to be in obit mode, how about a shout out to Meadowlark, the quintessential Globie.
     
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    No question about it! What a player AND entertainer!!! Clown Prince of basketball... as my kids were growing-up in the 90's, I'd find the Globetrotters on occasionally, but it just wasn't the same after he left. Wide World of Sports on a Saturday afternoon in the late 60's, early 70's with the Harlem Globetrotters playing the Washington Generals and Meadowlark Lemon running the show. Damn good entertainment!
     
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    I remember he would be doing those over the shoulder hook shots from mid court, even 10 rows up in the stands and would make them. RIP.
     
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    The athleticism and showmanship were OUT there! Thanks so much for the spectacle and memories.

    (And for those of us of an older persuasion: Thinking back on how going to a Globetrotters game was an EVENT, a special experience ... I'm glad I'm of one of the last eras where everything entertainment did not/does not come courtesy of an Xbox.)
     
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    I wonder if he will have his ashes in a bucket in place of the confetti trick? Too soon??????
     
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    Great man in many ways,he was the play caller for the Trotters,remember the constant chatter he did ? That was also signals to the team for which gag was to be played.
    I always wanted to play for the Generals ,the team that traveled with them. How good do you have to be to play on a team that loses every game.
     
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    I watched him play at the old Salt Palace in downtown SLC in the 70's. What a master of the court.

    Bill
     
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    Meadowlark played an exhibition at my old HS.
    The tickets were sold out immediately. It was a HUGE event for the town !
    After that show ---
    the varsity baskets HS team began playing "Sweet Georgia Brown" in warm ups.
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    "Red" was the guard for the Washington(?) Generals -- ( can't remember his last name ?).
    The Generals DID WIN on occasions !
    Probably, when those players checks "bounced" or something pissed them off.
     
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    Red Klotz was his name ,he was from AC . He owned,coach and played for the Generals. I think he may have died last year ?
     
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    I saw the (JV) Globetrotters when I was in fifth grade. Meadowlark, Marcus Haynes, and the guy with the HUGE afro were not there.
    I was amazed how often they hit the hook shot from half court during warmups. Then they hit two (out of two) during the game. Remarkable skill. I get that a lot of their gags are because there is no defense by the Generals, but hitting a shot from half court consistently in a new gym is remarkable.
    I also remember them kicking one in from half court. Amazing.

    No one would believe it nowadays.
     
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    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    I remember as a little kid we would go see them at the arena. I was so amazed at their ball handling skills and precision shooting. I didn't know that this was just a "show", that the opposing team was part of this show.

    As a little kid I believed the Harlem Globetrotters were invincible and would beat any team on earth and in the entire universe.
     
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    You were a far out kid.
     
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    Ah, the days of wide-eyed wonder. And believing impossible dreams were possible. All because of people like Meadowlark Lemon.

    May he rest in peace.
     
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