Vintage photos from the Black Fives Negro League school today’s NBA fans at the Barclays Center


Hillary Crosley of The Root provided extensive coverage of the recent unveiling of a new installation of vintage African American basketball images, all Brooklyn-related, throughout the concourse of the Barclays Center, home of the NBA Eastern Conference contending Brooklyn Nets.

Here is an excerpt:

In the Barclays Center, six images of black basketball players, both men and women, hang on granite-like canvases on either side of the facility’s main entrance in a winding hall. The photos depict the Smart Set Athletic Club of Brooklyn in 1908, 1909, 1911 and 1912, as well as the New York Girls team in 1910, but only one photo shows a single player, William “Dolly” King. More …

King Family in Barclays Center Concourse

Descendants of William “Dolly” King stand by his image in the Barclays Center Concourse. Left to right: Dolly’s grandson Bryant King, nephew John King, grandson Christopher King, son Michael King, and grandson Kiel King. John King and his cousin Michael King had not seen each other since middle school, until this night. “I learned more about my dad from Claude Johnson than I did from my father,” Michael King told The Root.