Before October 31, 1950, there were NO black players in the NBA. NONE. ZERO. ZIP.
The seasons before had some great players, yes, from George Mikan to Dick McGuire to Dolph Schayes to Ed McCauley, but every single one of them was white.
Then came that Halloween night in 1950 when the NBA, which was comprised of 11 teams that year, would change forever. Bones McKinney, the coach of the Washington Capitols would send a young, African-American nicknamed “Big Cat” into the first game of the season and that 6-foot-6-inch forward would go down in basketball history as a pioneer.