One of the NBA’s first legends passed away Thursday. Earl Lloyd, the first African American to play in the NBA, died at the age of 86.
Lloyd made his debut for the NBA in 1950 playing for the Washington Capitals. This was before the civil rights movement had officially begun.
The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 560 regular-season games in nine seasons with Washington, Syracuse and Detroit. He missed the 1951-52 season while serving in the U.S. Army.
Adam Silver released a statement