We are mourning the loss of basketball pioneer and Hall of Fame member Earl Lloyd, the first African American to play in the NBA, who passed away today at the age of 86.
We are so glad to have attended the unveiling of his statue at West Virginia State University, his alma mater, a year ago. Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson attended that event, their presence symbolizing the level of respect held for Lloyd’s pioneering and elder statesmanship.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Charlita and the entire Lloyd family as we send our deepest condolences. We wish to thank his son Kevin, who helped us stay in touch with Earl over the years and and who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to promote his legacy.
Claude Johnson: “Earl Lloyd was full of life, wisdom, and fun. A good man. A memorable soul. I miss you already my friend.”
RIP Earl Lloyd, 1928-2015.
Below is an interview with Earl that Claude Johnson conducted in 2010, which includes a discussion of his new book at the time, Moonfixer: The Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd.