Former Harlem Globetrotter legend Meadowlark Lemon turns 81 today. Meadowlark played with the Globetrotters from 1955 until 1980. When I was growing up the Harlem Globetrotters stars were Meadowlark and the ballhandler Curly Neal. I couldn’t figure out as a little kid why these guys weren’t in the NBA because they always won and it seemed like they did things that no other players could do. I guess it was kind of like discovering there was no Santa Claus when it hit me around age 8 why the Trotters weren’t in the NBA beating the Celtics. Meadowlark and Curly were entertaining though. Never saw them live. Hard to believe, Meadowlark is 81? That just can’t be.