Lloyd was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in Korea for two years. He returned and signed with the Syracuse Nationals.

After retirement, Earl “The Big Cat” Lloyd became the first black assistant coach in the NBA in 1968 with Detroit. Two years later, Lloyd was named head coach of the Pistons, the first for an African American.

In 2003, Earl Lloyd was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame

Little Known Black History Fact: Earl Lloyd  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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