Junior’s Black History Month Fact Of The Day
Day 19 - The First African American in the NBA
Today's NBA is predominantly black league, but that wasn't always the case. It wasn't until the 1950-1951 season that the NBA broke the color barrier.
Earl Lloyd, from Alexandria, Virginia, would be the first African American to play in an NBA game. He was one of three NBA players to enter the league that season, but as the schedule fell, he was the first to ever play in an NBA game. His game was one day before Chuck Cooper of the Boston Celtics and four days before Nathaniel Clifton's debut with the New York Knicks.
Lloyd scored six points for the Washington Capitols in his Halloween night debut.
And THAT is Junior's Black History Month Fact Of The Day