Top Moments: Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper, Nat Clifton blaze new path in NBA

Written by on October 17, 2021

NBA TV discusses Earl Lloyd's pioneering entrance to the NBA.

Not that long ago, it was a time when African-Americans could not take simple privileges — like staying at certain hotels or eating in certain restaurants — for granted. For Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper, and Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, it was a time to make history.

Lloyd, Cooper, and Clifton entered the National Basketball Association in 1950 and became pioneers for today’s African-American basketball players. Cooper was the first African-American to be drafted by an . . .



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