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Earl Lloyd during his time with the Syracuse Nationals. Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was 86. Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games.

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Minnesota Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio, left, of Spain, knocks the ball away from Washington Wizards’ Kris Humphries in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Sacramento Kings guard Ramon Sessions (9) lays the ball as Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) defends and Dante Exum (11) looks on in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Former NBA star Karl Malone says he's "sick and tired" of black communities "waiting on someone to come march on our behalf," and argued that blacks need to stop using race as an excuse for not taking responsibility for their own lives. (Huff Post Live)

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Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) dunks the ball in front of Brooklyn Nets guard Alan Anderson (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Wizards' Rasual Butler (8) reacts after making a basket against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Washington Wizards' Rasual Butler (8) reacts after making a basket against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) walks on the court in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) walks on the court in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum (12) goes to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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Denver Nuggets' Jameer Nelson in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said Monday that the Islamic State group represents Islam about as much as the Ku Klu Klan represents Christianity, arguing that the mission of both groups is not about religion but "a play for money and power." (MSNBC via Breitbart)

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NBA guard Kyle Korver and actor Ashton Kutcher.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and actor Jim Rash. AP photos

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Former NBA basketball player Dikembe Mutombo laughs during a news conference announcing him as one of the 12 finalists of this year's hall of fame class during an event ahead of the NBA All Star basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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World Team's Nikola Mirotic, right, of the Chicago Bulls, blocks a shot by U.S. Team's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, of the Detroit Pistons, during the second half of NBA basketball's Rising Stars Challenge, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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New York Knicks center Andrea Bargnani, left, center Amar'e Stoudemire (1) and guard Jose Calderon, right, watch from the bench during final seconds of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. The Magic won 89-83.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) reacts after Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin (13), from France, blocked his shot with guard Andre Miller (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan watches the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap knocks the ball away from Golden State Warriors Warriors guard Stephen Curry during an NBA basketball game, Friday Feb. 6, 2015 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

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Milwaukee Bucks guard Jared Dudley, left, is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

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Brooklyn Nets guard Alan Anderson, left, and Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap, right, vie for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday Jan. 28, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)