Earl Lloyd was first black NBA player, Chuck Cooper was the first black player to be drafted, and Nat Clifton was the first black player to sign a contract with an NBA team.
There were many "First" people to play, i can tell you the first MVP... Bob Pettit in 1956
The first black man to play in the NBA is Charles Henry Cooper who was known as Chuck Cooper. He played for the Boston Celtics.
yes he was the first nba player to say that he was openly gay he was the first black gay player in the nba
There was not a first person to play NBA basketball ,ritard, basketball is played in teams.
yes he was
I think it was Earl Lloyd
There are three players who claim to be the first African American basketball player in the NBA, each with legitimate reason to claim this. - Chuck Cooper: first African American to be drafted by an NBA team - Nat Clifton: first African American to sign a contract and make the roster with an NBA team - Earl Lloyd: first African American to play in an NBA game