In honor of the NBA All-Star Weekend, we kick off this series with Earl Lloyd, who on October 31, 1950, became the first Black man to play in the National Basketball Association. Lloyd was drafted in the ninth round with the No. 100thpick by the Washington Capitols. He was one of three Black players to enter the NBA in 1950 (Chuck Cooper drafted by the Boston Celtics and Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton drafted by the Knicks). Scheduling made Lloyd the first to play in an NBA game. The 6-foot-5 forward played in 560 games in nine seasons. He passes the baton to Bill Russell, one of the greatest players in NBA history. The Hall-of-Famer won two of his 11 NBA titles as a player-coach for the Celtics. He passes the baton to Magic Johnson, who revolutionized the point-guard position and gave us “Showtime” with the Lakers. Michael Jordan grabbed the baton and changed the entire game. The Chicago Bull is arguably the G.O.A.T. Lebron James now holds the baton. On February 7, 2023, James became the most prolific scorer in NBA history, breaking a 39-year record (38,387 points) held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Mon, Feb 13, 23
In honor of the NBA All-Star Weekend, we kick off our NBA pass-the-baton. This isn’t a list of who is the best but rather a celebration of those who made...