When the first-ever black basketball player was drafted, the NBA was in the midst of a cultural crisis
The NBA was born in 1966 and, for the first time in its history, black players were drafted in the first round.
The first black player drafted in this century, and the first in the history of the league, was NBA great Malcolm Brogdon, the son of a doctor and a social worker.
And yet, as the NBA entered the 1990s, there was a sense that black basketball players were in decline, the league was struggling to keep up with the changing demographics of the game, and there was mounting pressure to move to a uniform uniform.
In his book, The NBA Years, ESPN’s Dan Shaughnessy chronicles the challenges that faced the league during the early part of the 20th century and the impact of the civil rights movement on its growth and the sport.
And while there were black players in the league’s first decade, many of them never played a game of basketball.
There was only one black NBA player in the NBA’s first 100 games in 1949.
In those early games, there were only three black players on the court.
And in the 50 games of the 1946-47 season, there weren’t even five black players.
There were just 11 black players drafted in any one season in the early 1960s, and only three in any 30-game season in 1946-57.
And even though there were 11 black NBA players in 1946, only one was on the team.
This was a time when the NBA had been founded in 1917, the year the first black athlete, Booker T. Washington, played a single game.
In other words, there’s no reason to think that there’s not a black player in every game of the NBA today.
So the first African-American player to play in the National Basketball Association in 1946 was Malcolm Brogsdon.
This is his story in chronological order.
Malcolm Brogiacos first game Malcolm Brogyns was born on May 12, 1935, in Richmond, Virginia.
His father, Malcolm Brogan, worked as a physician at the University of Richmond and later at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, where he operated on sick and injured children.
Malcolm and his mother, Mary Brogan (the sister of NBA legend Kareem), moved from Richmond to New York City in 1956 and raised Malcolm and Mary as his only children.
When Malcolm was 5 years old, Malcolm learned to play basketball.
“It was a lot of fun to play with his father,” Malcolm said.
“But he couldn’t get us to play the sport because we were all white, so we played football with other kids and basketball with our dad.”
Malcolm played in a number of youth leagues, but was never drafted in his native Richmond.
He eventually earned a basketball scholarship to the University at Albany, where his father had taught basketball.
Malcolm’s dad, however, never allowed Malcolm to join his team.
“We were a very poor family,” Malcolm recalled.
“My dad didn’t want us to be poor, he wanted us to have a good life, but he couldn.
And that’s the way it was.”
Malcolm’s father taught Malcolm that sports were not about winning championships or scoring points.
Malcolm was “really into the game,” he said.
Malcolm continued to play for the Albany team, but his father never allowed him to play on campus.
Malcolm started playing basketball at age 9, when he was invited to a game at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
At the time, the academy was considered the best basketball program in the United States, and Malcolm was invited for the “Eternal Tournament.”
“I thought that was awesome,” Malcolm remembered.
The only thing that Malcolm knew was that the game would be played in Annapurna Stadium, the largest indoor basketball arena in the world. “
The only thing I didn’t know was what I was going to be playing.”
The only thing that Malcolm knew was that the game would be played in Annapurna Stadium, the largest indoor basketball arena in the world.
It was the only facility where black students could play.
Malcolm said that his father told him that the only way he could play was if he had a coach.
Malcolm would be a star.
But Malcolm’s coach was not available, and neither was his coach’s brother.
Malcolm made his first appearance on an Annapolis basketball court at age 11.
He would later go on to win a national championship with the Albany squad.
Malcolm played at an elite level for several years.
“As a black kid in Annape, I was a very good basketball player, a great player,” Malcolm continued.
“And then when I was 17, I just decided that I didn, I wanted to do something else.
I started playing with other people, and I started doing things like playing the harp, singing songs, playing basketball.”
Malcolm continued on to become an all-star, becoming the youngest member of the Albany