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Earl Lloyd dies at 86; first black player in NBA
Earl Lloyd dies at 86; first black player in NBA

Earl Lloyd, who was the first black player in the NBA, died Thursday in Tennessee. He was 86. His college, West Virginia State, confirmed Lloyd's death but did not provide any details. It was Halloween night in 1950 when Lloyd, a 6-foot-5 forward, made his NBA debut. His team, the Washington Capitols, lost to the Rochester Royals, and Lloyd scored only six points before 2,184 fans. But it marked the first time a black player had appeared in an NBA game. A day later, Chuck Cooper, a black forward with the Boston Celtics, played in his team's season opener. "I'm the answer to a trivia question: Who was the first black to actually play in the NBA? Through a...

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