Moved From The Court To The Pulpit
In 1971, Lemon became both a coach and player for the Globetrotters, and his relationship with teammates began to slowly unravel. Playing both roles proved problematic, as petty jealousies and contract disputes popped up. Things turned so sour he quit in 1978.
Following his retirement from the Globetrotters, Lemon received offers from Hollywood, and in 1979 appeared in The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh. In the film, he starred as a basketball-playing reverend alongside Philadelphia 76ers star Julius Erving. He also landed a spot on the TV sitcom "Hello, Larry" (1979 and 1980), where he played an aging athlete.
Sometime around 1979, Lemon formed his own basketball comedy act, called the Bucketeers. Former teammate Wilt Chamberlain joined the Bucketeers from time to time, although they still struggled financially and folded around 1982.
By the mid-1980s, Lemon had a new career as a jetsetting evangelist. As an ordained minister of a Christian non-denominational church, Lemon began traveling around the country talking about God. He also took a brief break from the ministry in 1993 for a 50-game "comeback" season with the Globetrotters. He also remarried and has ten children, three of them adopted.
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