"White coaches resisted the jump shot for two decades. When Nat Holman, coach at City College of New York, saw his first jump shot in the late 1930s, he declared, ‘That’s not basketball. If my boys ever shot one-handed, I’d quit coaching.’ In his autobiography, former Boston Celtics player and coach Bill Russell describes playing ball in the 1950s when coaches routinely benched players for taking ‘Negro’ jump shots. Today the move is so essential to basketball that we cannot imagine the game without it."

–GENA DAGEL CAPONI

p. 4, Signifyin(g), Sanctifyin’, and Slam Dunking: A Reader in African American Expressive Culture

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