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     Earl Lloyd, NBA’s first Black player, dies at 86

February 27, 2015
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Earl Lloyd, the first Black player in the NBA, had died Thursday in Detroit; he was 86 years old. He only averaged 8.4 points across nine seasons, but Lloyd's impact on the game was major. He was one of three Black players to join the league in the 1950-51 season, along with Chuck Cooper of the Celtics and Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton of the Knicks. Lloyd also won the 1955 title with the Syracuse Nationals, and coached the Detroit Pistons in 1971-72. He became a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee in 2003. (Image source: The Score)

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