When growing up I was a basketball fanatic. Most mornings I would wake up at 5:00 or 6:00 am and head out to the basketball court, often staying there until my mother would come to retrieve me later that evening. My inspiration for playing come from several talented players, but the one I marveled at the most was the man who just passed away. He was the clown prince of the Harlem Globetrotters and his name was Meadowlark Lemon. The antics and trick shots he made were awesome, and I used to mimic ALL of them until I could do them almost as well. I would make all kinds of shots on the basketball court, and I learned them from watching Meadowlark do his thing. If you get the opportunity, I hope you can Google his name and see some of his clips. Many people felt the Globetrotters fed stereotypes of African Americans, but that never stopped them from entertaining fans all around the world. Wilt Chamberlain said that Meadowlark was the best ball player he knew of. Meadowlark’s legacy didn’t just stop at basketball. He also became an ordained minister later in life and he would reach out to youth in need of guidance. He was “much more” than just a basketball player. His smile will be missed, and even though I never made it to playing professional basketball, I still owe him for inspiring me to a path in life that was positive. Here is an article on him:
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Stevie Wonder and Brett Jolly