Earl Lloyd became the first black player in the NBA on October 31, 1950. He broke the NBA color barrier three years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
The Associated Press reports that Lloyd died Thursday at age 86.
Lloyd made his 1950 NBA debut with the Washington Capitols, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games.
You can watch clips of that game in this video produced by the Golden State Warriors: