First black player ever to play in NBA dies

earl-lloydFirst black player ever to play in the NBA, Earl Lloyd, has died at age 86, said the message on NBA’s website.

Lloyd played for Washington Capitols in 1950-51, and underwent military service after the season.

He came back in the 1952-53, and spent his next six seasons with Rochester Royals, winning a championship with the team in 1954-55.

Lloyd finished his NBA career after two seasons with the Detroit Pistons. After his playing career, Lloyd became the first black assistant coach in NBA history, joining the Detroit Pistons’ staff in 1968.

In 2003, Lloyd entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Playing small forward, Lloyd averaged career-best 10.2 ppg and 7.7 rpg for Nationals in 1954-55.

Overall he scored a total of 4682 points in the NBA, appearing in 560 games, averaging 8.4 ppg and 6.4 rpg.

During the 1953-54 season, Lloyd led the NBA with the most personal fouls (303).

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