June 05, 2021
The World-Famous Harlem Globetrotters are thrilled to celebrate the achievement of Harlem Globetrotter Legend "Sweet Lou Dunbar" as a proud inductee into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Sweet Lou Dunbar returns to his home state for Hall of Fame recognition with the 2020 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class and was joined by other competitors including basketball's Kerry Kittles and Angela Turner Johnson, legendary football coach Mackie Freeze, noted NFL cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman, world famous bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman and quarterback turned famed outdoorsman Phil Robertson.
Harlem Globetrotters Legend Sweet Lou Dunbar has been both a player and coach during his storied career with the organization. To this day, he continues to mentor as the team's director of player personnel as well as being a head coach for an eighth season, making him a part of the Globetrotter family for over 40 years.
During his basketball career, the 6'9 Lou Dunbar managed to earn the nicknames "Mr. Basketball" and "Magic Man" as an all-around player who had spectacular ball handling skills, can shoot from any point on the court and entertain thousands of fans worldwide. After a trailblazing basketball career at the University of Houston, and playing overseas in Europe, Dunbar returned to the states and was later discovered by a Globetrotters scout while playing for the Houston Rockets in a summer league game.
"Lou Dunbar is not only an accomplished basketball player, he defines what everyone would imagine a Harlem Globetrotter to be. His kind nature is only surpassed by his big heart. He is a natural entertainer that embodies the attributes of our storied brand and we are remarkably blessed to have Lou as a part of this organization. His induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame is yet a milestone in his famed career as he continues to grow the sport of basketball in so many ways and inspire everyone he meets - on and off the court," says Executive Vice President and General Manager Jeff Munn.
Not too many can receive the "Legend" acknowledgement, but Sweet Lou Dunbar has contributed significantly to the success of The Harlem Globetrotters organization and to the game of basketball. Sweet Lou Dunbar is only the eighth player in Globetrotter history to be honored as a Harlem Globetrotter legend and now can add Hall of Famer to his resume.