A NBA pioneer has passed away.
Earl Lloyd, the first black player to play in the NBA, died on Thursday at the age of 86.
Lloyd played nine years in the league from 1950 to 1960. He appeared in 560 games, averaging 8.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists a night. He won an NBA title with the Syracuse Nationals in 1954-55.
After his playing career, Lloyd became the first black assistant coach in NBA history, joining the Detroit Pistons’ staff in 1968.
Although he is not the best player to step onto the court, he has broken the barrier for all African-Americans everywhere.
May he rest in peace. Here is his Basketball Hall Of Fame Enshrinement Speech: