From NBA TV –
NBA TV ToCelebrate Black History Month By Honoring Sports Legends and Pioneers
Segmentsshowcasing Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Chuck Cooper, Wayne Embry, EarlLloyd, Lynette Woodard and others to air during NBATV’s GameTime throughout February
In observance of Black History Monththis February, NBA TV has produced “BarrierBreakers”, a series of video segments that will run dailythroughout the month on the network’s signature program, GameTime. The firstsegment will highlight Bill Russell,the 12-time All-Star, Hall of Famer, first African American NBA coach, CivilRights Activist and the 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, thenation’s highest honor to a civilian, on February1, during the 7 p.m. (ET)GameTime show.
The 24 different segments will paytribute to the game’s most influential pioneers and sports legends whohave paved the way for today’s basketball superstars. The segment willconsist of live interviews, pre-produced vignettes and reflections on these pioneerswho inspired others and continued to break barriers from NBA TV’sannouncers and studio teams.
Some of the barrier breakers that willbe highlighted throughout the month include:
· Wilt Chamberlain – 13-time All-Starand Hall of Famer who was the only player in the NBA to average 40 and 50points per season and score 100 points in a single game.
· Chuck Cooper – The firstAfrican American player to be drafted to the NBA in 1950. He was one of threeAfrican American athletes to play in the NBA.
· Wayne Embry – Five-timeAll-Star and NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics. After his retirement, hebecame the first African American NBA general manager for the Milwaukee Bucks.
· Earl Lloyd – One of thefirst African American basketball players in the league and the first to playin an NBA game during the 1950-51 season.
· Lynette Woodard – Olympic goldmedalist and the first female member of the Harlem Globetrotters.