You can watch clips of the program here.
It was a little choppy in spots with the way they told the stories, but it was really good. I didn't have a lot of respect for some of the old timey basketball coaches or their style (slow and slower), but the program focused on historically black colleges.
What I learned:
- These cats could really ball. I take a dim view of the early game and many of its players. Frankly, most of them weren't that good and wouldn't get a look in today's NBA. Cousy is my best example; Chris Paul would eat him alive and he's only 6 feet tall. Baron Davis, all 6' 3" and 230 lbs of him, would kick his ass for real. After watching footage of these small college guys it was a shame they were kept out. It set the league back 20 years.
- Some historically black colleges/universities had innovative coaches, playing styles, etc. So they played a superior, up-tempo, modern game.
- Nicknames were much better back in the day. "Big House" Gaines. "Pee-Wee" Kirkland. Al "The Destroyer" Attles, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Robert Earl "Butterbean" Love, Tommy "The Machine Gun" Grant, etc.
- You could see why the pro teams had a quota system: the stiffs on the roster knew they'd be out of a job in no time because these guys could really play.