Professional Basketball

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Spencer Haywood, NBA/ABA Legend and Hall-of-Famer. Haywood will always be remembered as the guy who opened the door for underclassmen college basketball players to leave college early to enter the NBA , thereby creating the " Spencer Haywood rule ." Born in 1949, Haywood was the eighth of 10 siblings with a single mother in Silver City, Miss., a tiny town where the racial lines were starkly drawn and a future...

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. John Telford, former Detroit Public Schools Superintendent and author of ‘Will The First: The Sage of Sports/Civil Rights Pioneer Will Robinson.’ Telford has written a spellbinding book about his coaching colleague at Pershing High School (Detroit, MI) – the late, legendary Will Robinson. Both men were All-Americans – Telford as a sprinter at Wayne State University in the 1950’s and Robinson as a quarterback...

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Spencer Haywood, ABA/NBA legend and Hall of Famer. Despite a productive NBA and ABA career, Haywood will always be remembered as the man who opened the door for underclassmen college basketball players to leave college early to play in the pros, thereby creating the "Spencer Haywood rule." In 1964, Haywood moved to Detroit , Michigan . In 1967, while attending Pershing High School , Haywood led the school's...

In Black America Podcast: T. J. Ford

Jan 5, 2014
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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with T. J. Ford. Terrance Jerod “T. J.” Ford was born on March 24, 1983 in Baytown, Texas. From a young age, Ford dreamed of being a basketball player. Before long, Ford experienced championship success for himself when he led Willowridge High Schoo l to the Class 5A Texas State Basketball Championship. His team was so dominant during that period, with teammates Daniel Ewing and Ivan McFarland, that they posted a 62 game winning streak. After high school, he decided to stay close to home and play basketball at the University of Texas at Austin .