Time Out: An Open Letter to My Friend NBA Pioneer Earl Lloyd!

August 20th, 2010 by Harold Bell Leave a reply »
Earl, I know it is always great to visit home and see old friends and family in Alexandria, Virginia.  They really turned out to honor one of their own.  Congratulations for a job well done and a game well played.

My visit to Alexandria to be a part of that Tribute & Salute was done with mixed emotions.  I have been confused about how our relationship went from “Sugar to Do-Do.”

I have known you for over 50+ years as a “Big Brother & Friend.”  In those 50+ years, you and I have had discussions on your first marriage, children, your NBA playing career, Dave Bing/Detroit Pistons, the politics of sports, and life after the NBA.  Many of those discussions were of a private and personal nature.  Those personal matters and discussions have never been uttered by me again.  It is called loyalty.

When folks had forgotten your contributions to the NBA I carried “The Earl Lloyd Torch” on the airwaves and in writing in the 90s. 

There were many naysayers and so-called basketball historians like Sonny Hill, Howie Evans, and our friend Bighouse Gaines just to name a ...

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