Black History Month

Barrier Breakers: Pioneers of the game

Important figures in African-American basketball history Staff

Throughout Black History Month, NBA TV and highlight Barrier Breakers — important figures in African-American basketball history.

Barrier Breakers: Adonal Foyle

The former NBA big man is empowering the youth of his native home of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Barrier Breakers: Brad Daugherty

The former Cavaliers big man has a passion for NASCAR that runs deep.

Barrier Breakers: John Amaechi

John Amaechi’s path from England to his coming out as a gay man is an inspiration.

Barrier Breakers: Al Attles

Al Attles’ contributions as a player, coach and executive made a huge impact on the Warriors.

Barrier Breakers: Ken Hudson

Barrier Breakers talks to Ken Hudson about being one of the NBA’s earliest African-American game officials.

Barrier Breakers: Peter Bynoe and Bertram Lee

Barrier Breakers talks about Peter Bynoe and Bertram Lee, the first African-Americans to hold a majority stake in a U.S. pro sports franchise.

Barrier Breakers: The impact of Bill Russell

GameTime looks into one of the NBA’s greatest champions and highlights Bill Russell’s pioneering impact on the game.

Barrier Breakers: Earl Lloyd

Earl Lloyd talks about being the first African-American to play in the NBA.

Barrier Breakers: Legends roundtable

The crew digs deep into the TNT vault for an interview between John Thompson, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell and Wayne Embry from 12 years ago.

Barrier Breakers: Red Auerbach

Barrier Breakers recognizes Red Auerbach as one of the first coaches to put five African American players in an NBA game.

Barrier Breakers: Lenny Wilkens

Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens sits down with Vince Cellini to talk about the challenges he faced growing up and during his NBA career.

Barrier Breakers: Robertson and Russell

John Thompson sits down with Oscar Robertson and Bill Russell to talk about the challenges they faced as they entered professional basketball.

Barrier Breakers: Laurel Richie

WNBA President, Laurel Richie, talks about being the first African-American to head a national sports league.

Barrier Breakers: Violet Palmer

Violet Palmer served as a referee in the NBA and WNBA,and was the first woman to officiate a NBA game.

Barrier Breakers: Don Barksdale

GameTime talks about Don Barksdale, the first African-American selected to the NBA All-Star Game in 1953.

Barrier Breaker: Wilt Chamberlain makes history

GameTime takes a look back at Wilt’s 100 point game.


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