The NBA in Black and White

August 2, 2022
Hosted by Eva Medilek

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Racism in the world of sports is still all over the news—from Brian Flores’s racial discrimination lawsuit against the NFL, to Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva being allowed to compete in the Olympics while African-American runner Sha’Carri Richardson was banned, to the prolonged detainment of Black WNBA star Brittney Griner in Russia. And while we still have much work to do to make equality a reality, The NBA in Black and White answers the question “How did we go from there being only white players in the NBA to the highest paid athletes in the NBA being Black?” and reminds us of the progress we’ve made toward equal opportunity and fair compensation for people of color. Philly native John Raymond “Ray” Scott’s story is one of quiet persistence, hard work, and, most of all, respect. He credits the mentorship of NBA player and coach Earl Lloyd and talks about fellow Philly native Wilt Chamberlain and friends Muhammad Ali and Aretha Franklin, among many others. Scott has lived through one of the most turbulent times in our nation’s history, especially the time of assassinations of so many Black leaders at the end of the 1960s. Through it all, his voice has remained quiet and measured, transcending all the sorrows with steadiness. This is his story, told in collaboration with well-known basketball writer, former college player, and CBA coach Charley Rosen. “Scott, who became the first Black coach to be named NBA Coach of the Year in 1974, delivers a moving reflection on his influential career…Fans of the sport will relish Scott’s insights, including how the game’s been changed by the emphasis on three-point shooting…A valuable addition to hoops history.” —Publishers Weekly

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