Larry “Gator” Rivers, longtime teammate of Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, is remembering his late friend Tuesday night.
Lemon, 83, passed away Sunday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Lemon played 24 seasons and more than 16,000 games with the Globetrotters. He joined the team in 1954 after serving two years in the Army.
Lemon was known for sinking half-court hook shots, throwing behind-the-back passes and pretending to spy on his opponents’ huddles.
"I mean, he's an icon. When you go to the dictionary and you look the word up, you would find, definitely, Meadowlark Lemon someplace in there when it comes to basketball. Because he changed the world with the game. I respect nobody in the game of ‘Trotter Basketball more than I do Meadowlark Lemon. Like I said, he chose me and he gave me the opportunity as a rookie to play with the national unit. So, I'll always have respect for him,” said Larry “Gator” Rivers.
Lemon's death follows that of early Globetrotter player, teammate and dribbling maestro Marques Haynes, who died in May.
Lemon is survived by his wife, five sons and five daughters.