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Lakers, Celtics Appear to Be On-Course

Lakers & Celtics At It Again (Photo-USA Today)Haven't we seen this movie before? Like 13 times?

The Celtics-Lakers blockbuster epic is like The Godfather saga. Not matter how old it gets, the theater is always classic and riveting. The long-time NBA foes that have met for the NBA title 13 previous times (Boston leads 11-2) and have combined to win more than half of the leagues championships in its history (Boston 17, Los Angeles 15), seem to be on a crash course for a 14th meeting should all indications play out from recent events. Both up 2-0 in the conference finals, the Lakers and Celtics are playing out in true championship form, putting on masterful performances through the first two games that suggest that this movie will be coming back to the theatres yet again. The road hasn't been easy for either of the NBAs flagship franchises, but the struggle that has emerged will make the match-up, should it happen, much more enticing.

Are We Our Brothers Keeper?


I am on my computer every morning and I say good morning to everyone in my chat box. Most will respond and say good morning back. Some will ask how I'm doing, few will hold a conversation for a few minutes, and some will say absolutely nothing.

The other day I was doing my daily ritual, when a wonderful author by the name of Sandra Peterson Lott popped up and told me that I had made her day. I was trying to figure out what I had done to make her say that. Maybe she had read something that I wrote. She said that I had reached out to her and that many people don't do that. She said that she just wanted to thank me. I know it will sound corny but I was touched and brought to tears. Such a small gesture made someone’s day. I was honored and felt great the rest of the day. You never know what a person needs but God does and He used me to bring happiness to someone else.

We can all do that and I challenge you to.

Three The Hard Way

EarlLoydThe second round of the NBA playoffs is in full swing. Names like back to back MVP, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Paul Peirce, Dwight Howard, Shaquille O’Neal, just roll off the tongue. But sixty years ago this was not the case at all.

In the land of the free, home of the brave, the National Basketball Association was completely blacked out, one hundred percent devoid of color. But in 1950 three pioneers forever changed the game.

Who was the first “nonwhite” to enter the NBA? The answer is somewhat complicated. Was it Earl Lloyd, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, or Chuck Cooper?  Lloyd actually became the first “nonwhite” to play in a game when he took the floor against Rochester Royals in 1950. His team’s season started earlier than the other two. Clifton made history when he signed a contract and made a NBA team in the same year. Then Cooper broke a  barrier when he became the first “nonwhite” ever drafted by a NBA team.

Earl Francis Lloyd was born April 3, 1928 in Alexandria Virginia. He played for West Virginia State College at the forward position and became respected as a defensive threat. Lloyd led his team to two CIAA titles in 1948 and 1949. He was dubbed the “Big Cat” as a NBA player.

He enjoyed nine seasons, playing in more than 500 games, averaging, 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
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