R.I.P.: First Black NBA Player Earl Lloyd Dead At 86

We lost a notable figure in the NBA yesterday…R.I.P. Mr. Earl


Earl Lloyd Brenda J. Turner

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The NBA is mourning the loss of former basketball champion and Hall of Famer Earl Lloyd. Lloyd, who was the first black player in the NBA died on Feb. 26 at the age of 86. West Virginia University, Lloyd’s alma mater confirmed the news of his passing to the Associated Press but didn’t provide any further details. Lloyd joined the NBA in 1950 playing for the Washington Capitols before play pro players Chuck Cooper and Nathaniel “Sweetwater” Clifton participated in their first games. Lloyd then went on to help the Syracuse Nationals win the 1955 NBA title with Jim Tucker, becoming the first play players to be a part of a championship team. During the 1951-52 season, Lloyd missed out on playing due to serving in the Army.

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