Barclays Center Prepares for the ‘Black Fives’ Basketball Tribute

February 5, 2013  |  
The Barclays Center preps for ‘Black Fives’ basketball tribute. (Credit: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock)

From The Grio

The Barclays Center is linking Brooklyn’s African-American basketball history and its present-day team, the Brooklyn Nets, with the new installation of historic photographs of the Black Fives, early-20th century African-American basketball teams, throughout the arena’s main concourse.

Before the NBA, there were the Black Fives, segregated basketball teams formed shortly after the game’s invention in 1891.

The Black Fives Era photographs chosen to be displayed include four pictures of Brooklyn’s historic team, the Smart Set Athletic Club, from 1908, 1909, 1911 and 1912.

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