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They cleared the lane : the NBA's Black pioneers

Author: Ron Thomas
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Today, black players compose more than eighty percent of the National Basketball Association's rosters, providing a strong and valued contribution to professional basketball. In the first half of the twentieth century, however, pro basketball was tainted by racism, as gifted African Americans were denied the opportunity to display their talents. Through in-depth interviews with players, their families, coaches,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Thomas, Ron (Ronald Fowler), 1949-
They cleared the lane.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2002
(OCoLC)606807577
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ron Thomas
ISBN: 0803244371 9780803244375
OCLC Number: 48074285
Description: xvii, 276 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: One step at a time --
Jackie's legacy --
Just a dab of color --
A taste of Sweetwater --
"No" to the Trotters, "yes" to the NBA --
Frustrated pioneer --
Moon fixer rises --
West Virginia state spawned the pioneers --
The gentlest giant --
Barksdale, a man of many firsts --
Barksdale's long haul to the all-star game --
Teammates' jealousy kills Cleo Hill's career --
Eastern league provides haven for NBA rejects --
John McLendon, Naismith's protégé --
The coming of the superstars --
Black coaches extend integration beyond the sidelines --
Today's NBA.
Other Titles: NBA's Black pioneers
Responsibility: Ron Thomas.
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Through in-depth interviews with players, their families, coaches, teammates, and league officials, Ron Thomas tells the story of what basketball was really like for the first black NBA players,  Read more...

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""They Cleared the Lane: The NBA's Black Pioneers", by Ron Thomas, came out one year ago this month, and the world shrugged. But it should have smiled. At least the sports world should have. Read more...

 
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