In the 1949-50 season, the NBA started its season with a watershed moment – racial integration.
What year did the NBA desegregate?
On August 3, 1949, after a damaging three-year battle to win both players and fans, the rival Basketball Association of America (BAA) and National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form the National Basketball Association (NBA).
When did segregation in basketball end?
It’s easy to come away thinking black and white teams were entirely separate worlds until 1950 — with one exception: The books on basketball from that time that are on display don’t even mention black players.
Who was the first person of color to play in the NBA?
|College||Weber State (1941–1943) Utah (1943–1944, 1946–1947)|
|NBA draft||1947 / Round: 7 / Pick: 61st overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
What NBA teams no longer exist?
The Packers, Red Skins, and Waterloo Hawks left the NBA for the National Professional Basketball League, and are the only defunct teams to have ceased to exist in a league other than the NBA.
What years was the Black Fives Era?
The Black Fives Era is the period of time between 1904, when the first all-black basketball teams began to play, and 1950, when the N.B.A. introduced its first African American players.