Bill Russell, player/coach for the Boston Celtics, in the 1967-68 season.
Bill Russell the first African-American to coach a major league professional sports team. The next season he became the first African-American coach to win an NBA championship.
Bill Russell was the first black NBA coach.
Magic's coach in his rookie season (1979-1980) was Paul Westhead. Westhead was in his first year of NBA coaching as the Lakers won the NBA championship that season.
Doc Rivers, The Boston Celtics, June 2008
Earl Lloyd was the first black NBA player in 1950. *Became the first African-American to play in an NBA game on October 31, 1950 *Became the first African-American to win an NBA championship (1955 with Syracuse) *Became first African-American Assistant Coach with Detroit Pistons (1968-70) *Became second African-American head coach and first African-American bench coach with Detroit Pistons (1970-71) Earl Lloyd, who in 1950 became the first African-American to play in a NBA game with the Washington Capitols, was instrumental in integrating professional basketball as a player and coach.
The Philadelphia Warriors won the first NBA championship.