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A national treasure, global icon, pioneer and legend passed away.
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A CULTURAL ICON AND GLOBAL BASKETBALL INFLUENCER PASSES Greensboro native Fred “Curly” Neal who was a wizard with the pill as a member of the @harlemglobetrotters for 22 legendary years passed today at his home near Houston at the age of 77. Curly was known for his incomparable ball-handling abilities, his captivating smile and his signature baldie which made him recognizable while helping explode hoops culture, touring 97 countries and playing more than 6,000 games. . . . #ripcurlyneal #harlemglobetrotters #blacksportsicons
Neal’s death follows the passing of another Harlem Globetrotter’s legend, Meadowlark Lemon, who died in 2015 at age 83. Lemon, known for halfcourt hook shots, hilarious pranks, and no-look behind-the-back passes was an equally impactful baller representing the globally acclaimed Globetrotters.
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