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The Crossover

A Brief History of Basketball and Race,

From James Naismith to LeBron James

By Doug Merlino

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011 Doug Merlino

Cover photo: Joshua Halvatzis Photography/Getty Images.

Table of Contents


I. The Basketball Visions of James Naismith and Edwin Henderson

II. Image and Ownership: The Renaissance and the Globetrotters

III. John McLendon’s Long March

IV. Rucker Park: Win or Go Home

V. An Interview with Earl Lloyd, the First Black Player in the NBA

VI. Bill Russell Invents Modern Basketball

VII. Spencer Haywood and Self-Determination

VIII. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, Unwitting Racial Signifiers of the Reagan Era

IX. Michael Jordan and the Global Fame Machine

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