The basketball world received some sad news yesterday with the passing of Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred “Curly” Neal.
He was just 77 and no, he did not have coronavirus.
Neal’s played for the Globetrotters for 22-years that saw him play in over 6,000 games and in 97 different countries.
Neal suited up with the Globetrotters during the height of their popularity from 1963-85 and is right up there with Meadowlark Lemon as one of the most popular all-time members of the Globetrotters.
He became one of just five former members of the Globetrotters to have his jersey retired back in 2008, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Meadowlark Lemon, Marques Haynes, and Goose Tatum.
Neal is survived by two daughters, six grandchildren, and his fiancée, Linda Ware.
Our thoughts go out to the Globetrotters family and the entire basketball world during these most difficult of times.
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