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NBA in the 60s: Embry details indignities, little support

Nov. 23, 2021 09:02 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — (EDITOR’S NOTE: Hall of Famer Wayne Embry, a five-time NBA All-Star and the first African American general manager in sports when the Milwaukee Bucks named him to that position in 1972, shares some of his experiences of playing in the league during the 1960s. The demand...

NBA struggles during 1950s, begins its rise later in decade

Oct. 20, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

A career in the NBA seemed such an uncertainty as the 1950s arrived that Bob Cousy considered driving school a better option than playing for a team he didn’t even know how to find on a map. “Basketball was at the bottom of the totem pole,” said Cousy, one of the...

Lapchick family felt backlash due to Knicks coach's views

Oct. 19, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Richard E. Lapchick shares some of the backlash his family felt that was directed at his father, former Knicks coach Joe Lapchick, for signing the first Black player to an NBA contract in 1950. The experience led him to his work today; Richard directs the Institute for...

AP WAS THERE: 1st Black player's contract bought by NBA team

Oct. 18, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper and Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton broke the color barrier in the NBA as the league’s first Black players during the 1950-51 season. Clifton was the first Black player to have his contract purchased when the New York Knicks bought his deal from the...

Timeline of NBA from its start as the BAA through 1950s

Oct. 18, 2021 09:59 AM EDT

Timeline of the National Basketball Association from its founding as the Basketball Association of America through the 1950s. The timeline includes milestone moments in the league’s history as the NBA celebrates its 75th season: June 6, 1946: Boston Garden owner Walter...