Lemon thrilled audiences with his long hook shots, ballhandling skills and ability to make fans laugh with the Globetrotters' bag of tricks -- including throwing buckets of confetti on unsuspecting fans as Lemon chased the referee with what was thought to be water.Lemon left the Globetrotters in 1978 over a contract dispute and thereafter formed his own traveling teams -- the Meadowlark Lemon's Bucketeers, the Shooting Stars and Meadowlark Lemon's Harlem All-Stars -- as he continued to play well into his 70s.
Aside from Lemon's No. 36, other Globetrotters to have their numbers retired are Wilt Chamberlain (13), Fred "Curly" Neal (22), Haynes (20) and Reece "Goose" Tatum (50). Washington Generals founder Red Klotz also had his number retired.
Monday, December 28, 2015
RIP Meadowlark Lemon
"The Clown Prince of Basketball." Via ESPN:
In law news, the Feds have taken the position that Puerto Rico is NOT a state and therefore not a separate sovereign for double jeopardy purposes. Puerto Rico has taken the opposite position. Pretty interesting showdown in the Supreme Court. SCOTUSblog has more.
Anything going on in the District this week? Or all quiet?
The one thing I did see was the Herald coverage of the Lewis Tein victory in the 11th Circuit:
The ruling was another victory for prominent Miami lawyers Guy Lewis, Michael Tein and Dexter Lehtinen, who have long been mired in legal battles over their former representation of the West Miami-Dade Indian tribe.
“The terrible shame is that the Tribe and its lawyers were able to prosecute these lies for years, leaving a wake of destructive litigation that cost millions of dollars to defend,” said Paul Calli, Lewis and Tein’s lawyer. “Thankfully, the courts have put a stop to it.”