Earl Lloyd was the first african american to play in the NBA
There were many "First" people to play, i can tell you the first MVP... Bob Pettit in 1956
There was not a first person to play NBA basketball ,ritard, basketball is played in teams.
First you join High School basketball and then if a college likes how you play they draft after that you play college basketball. After that you can decide if want to go in the NBA draft. When you go in the NBA draft if a NBA team likes they will pick to play for the team. After that you can play in the NBA.
No female has ever played in an NBA game.
The Cavaliers first began play in the NBA in 1970
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.