The basketball world is today mourning the loss of legendary Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, who passed away on Sunday aged 83.
The Globetrotters, for whom Lemon was an original member, were informed of Lemon's death by his wife Cynthia. No cause of death has been given but, according to reports, Lemon passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The news has been met with an outpouring of tributes from the NBA, with players and teams offering their own messages of respect for the man who was known as 'The clown prince of basketball'.
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Lemon joined the Globetrotters in 1954 and, over the next 24 years, is thought to have played in a staggering 16,000 games. Embodying the fun, eccentric style of the travelling ball club, he had a lasting impact on all those who saw him play during his heyday.
As a testament to his impact on the game, Lemon was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. And it's not just veteran players who were impacted upon by Meadowlark.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James also spoke on the 83-year-old's death:
"Anytime someone who has been a pioneer or anyone that has given so much for the game is released from our brotherhood or fraternity is definitely a sad day, so prayers and best wishes to his family."
For his role in basketball, and his relevance outside the sport in the latter decades of the twentieth century, Lemon will always be remembered.
It wouldn't be right, however, to leave without one last look at some of the Hall of Famer's career highlights:
NBA fans: Did you ever see Meadowlark Lemon play live? Let us know in the comments below...