Remembering Earl Lloyd – An Alexandrian Who Broke the NBA’s Color Barrier


Earl Lloyd

ICYMI, Earl Lloyd, a prominent African American from Alexandria, Virginia died yesterday. He was the first African-American to play in the NBA.

Known as “the Big Cat,” the 6’5″ forward made his league debut in October 1950, playing for the Washington Capitals. During his legendary career, Lloyd averaged 8.4 points during 560 regular-season NBA games.

Here, the Inside the NBA team takes a look back at Earl Lloyd. Click the image above to play the video.

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