Earl Lloyd Was All Heart

Basketball Hall of Famer Earl Lloyd passed on today at the age of 86. He was the first black player to appear on the court in the NBA in 1950 and later became the 4th black head coach in the NBA.

Along with many other great Americans of his generation, Lloyd bravely moved our country forward through dark and dangerous times. He relentlessly pursued his dreams and in the face of a monstrous opponent (racism), his brave daily choices helped change the world.

Earl Lloyd’s tenaciousness was not only moral but physical as well. Typically he was the best defensive player on the court (defense is all heart) and often the best rebounder (smarts and heart) even though his size was moderate at most.

Wishing peace, comfort and loving memories to Mr Lloyd’s family and friends.

Friendship Strength and Honor,

Coach Cris


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