Since the motto of the 2012 Olympic Games is “Inspire A Generation,” it’s appropriate to reserve some U.S.A. shout outs for early African American athletic club pioneers who, generations ago, helped make today’s successes possible.
For fans like me, the amazing basketball events of last week — beautifully staged by Nike and the Basketball Hall of Fame, from Harlem to Springfield and back — might as well have been called the “World Basketball Orgy.”
I interviewed basketball pioneer Earl Lloyd, the first black player in the NBA, who says he’s “extremely retired,” about his new book, “Moonfixer.”
Officer Donnell “Dee” Fludd of the Greenwich (Ct.) Police Department talks about his flag football league for kids, a community effort that makes a difference.
Bushwick (Brooklyn) was the site of the very first recorded game between two all-black basketball teams, in 1907, at a court on the corner of Knickerbocker and Gates Avenues.