On The Fly: Earl Lloyd, 86; Broke NBA Color Barrier

Earl Lloyd, who made his NBA debut as the first black player in 1950, died Thursday at 86. He was with the Syracuse Nationals when they won the 1955 NBA title and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. ... A few readers reminded me why I was not a math major. In Friday's "Fly" I wrote of a game in which the Celtics scored 173 points and said it was 46 years ago. It was 56 years ago. "Best game I ever saw," said one reader. ... "Heinsohn couldn't miss." Tom Heinsohn had 43 points, making 18 field goals. Also got an email from Kathy Sharry Kray about the wrong year. She said Bob Cousy, who had 31 points and 28 assists in the game, was in business with her father in Worcester at "Cousy & Sharry Insurance Agency. We called him Uncle Bob out of respect for your elders. We spent many a day at his house with his family as they were also good friends. I still see him occasionally as he spends his summers in Worcester. He'll be 87 in August." ... Starting Monday, the NBA will release reports of all calls and pertinent no-calls in games within five points at the two-minute mark and any overtime period. Those reports had been for internal use.

It will be interesting to see how the Red Sox starters fare. There are questions with Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson, and Joe Kelly. As Buchholz says, "We've all been really good at certain points of our career." Can they all be good at the same time? ... Matt Harvey of the Mets threw 43 pitches to batters Friday; his final pitch was said to be in the mid-90s. ... Alex Rodriguez worked out at first base for the Yankees. Can he fit in — anywhere? ... The Braves' Melvin Upton (foot) could be out two months. Who? That's what I said. B.J. Upton is now going by his given first name.

Be on the lookout for ... a stolen NASCAR Sprint cup car. Travis Kvapil's car was inside a trailer hitched to a truck at a hotel outside Atlanta. Someone made off with the truck and trailer. Here's the thing. The trailer was plain white, so there was no indication what was inside it. Imagine when the person opened the trailer? ... It appears a deal has been worked out to have thoroughbred racing this year at Suffolk Downs, so live racing in New England would live on. ... Busy times for Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL. He will be on "Dancing With the Stars" this season but apparently also will go to the first NFL combine for veterans later in March. On Tuesday he speaks at Quinnipiac. Sam was cut by two teams last season after being picked in the seventh round by the Rams. ... Congrats to the Windsor boys 4x200 relay team, which set a record Friday at the New England championships.

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