Lloyd's Contribution To The NBA

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When Lloyd joined the NBA, it was a league full of fights. Lloyd was a fit. He knew how to face all the racist crowds. “The NBA was a bit of a brawler’s league back then, and Lloyd was a prototypical power forward who fit in nicely. But he doesn’t recall ever having any racial problems with a fellow player. That all came from the stands, and Lloyd made a conscious decision about how to handle it.” (Earl Lloyd Broke) Lloyd, a very wise man, knew how to handle the crowds. He never let their racist comments affect his game, talents, or personality. He knew that in the future, because of him, the NBA will not be discriminated. No one will encounter what he had to go through. Lloyd stated “I don’t want to punch somebody out and his head hits the …show more content…
Lloyd was always a very modest person, but he stated "Deep down, I like to think I made these things possible.”(legends of basketball) Although he was modest, Lloyd knew he opened the door for black people in the NBA today. Lloyd influenced some of the best players to ever play the sport of basketball. Legends like the one and only Michael Jordan, the spectacular sharp shooter Reggie Miller and the best scorer to ever play the game of basketball in the NBA, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. There are endless number of black legends from when Lloyd joined the NBA to future Hall of Famers in the NBA today.
Earl Lloyd changed the way we watch and play basketball today. He changed The NBA and basketball in the United States. His efforts of leadership and courage guided him to become the first black player to ever play the sport of basketball in the NBA. He encountered discrimination all around the United States and explored many new ideas in achieving equality in the United States. Because of him, today we are able to not only see whites in the NBA, but also many blacks. While many African Americans encountered discrimination, Earl Lloyd explored new ideas in social equality by integrating the

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