He overcame the racial prejudice of the
American South, a broken home, and the
heartache of failed relationships to travel the
world and play for kings, presidents, and popes.
With an incandescent smile, a repertoire
of hilarious tricks, and elite basketball skills,
Meadowlark Lemon, the Clown Prince of
Basketball, overcame challenges – and utilized
gifts – to become the iconic star of the Harlem
And through his journey from childhood
dreams to worldwide fame, he kept one goal in
his heart: to give joy.
In his compelling new book, Trust Your
Next SHOT, Meadowlark delivers loving
reminiscences of his youth, hilarious stories
about his days with the Globetrotters, and
wise instructions for living a joy-filled life.
Beginning with his upbringing in
Wilmington, North Carolina in the 1940s and
continuing to his vibrant ministry of today,
Meadowlark tells us to “trust our next shot.”
He uses the word “SHOT” to give us a guide
for life. Spirit, Heart, Opportunity, and Teamwork
combine to fuel our passions, satisfy our heart’s
desires, create opportunities for doing good,
and help others realize their dreams.
Meadowlark instructs us never to commit “intentional fouls” in life by deliberately or knowingly hurting others. And he talks about finishing strong, helping others and giving joy.
It’s a touching and powerful book about
life, love, and laughter from one of the world’s
most popular and beloved entertainers.