Curly was the expert dribbler, and my second favorite. Meadowlark lemon always stole the show.
Neal was 77.
He hailed from Greensboro, N.C., and excelled as a college basketball player at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. In 2008, he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Neal is one of eight Globetrotters players ever to have their jersey numbers retired – in the company of legends such as Wilt Chamberlain and Meadowlark Lemon.
He stayed involved with the Globetrotters after retiring, continuing to make public and promotional appearances for the team.
Steve Kerr, the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, said it was “hard to express how much joy Curly Neal brought to my life growing up.”
“The basketball community has lost a Legend,” NBA Alumni said.