Lusia Harris, the legend who was the first and only woman to be drafted by a men's NBA team officially, passed away on Tuesday aged 66.
"We are deeply saddened to share the news that our angel, matriarch, sister, mother, grandmother, Olympic medalist, The Queen of Basketball, Lusia Harris has passed away unexpectedly today in Mississippi," her family said in a statement.
In 1977, "The Queen of Basketball" was drafted by the New Orleans Jazz in the seventh round. She didn't try out for the team because she was pregnant at the time.
Despite this, she believed it was a joke at first because many women played at high levels in college, but none received the attention of a men's league.
For example, in 1969, the San Francisco Warriors attempted to draft Denise Long, but the NBA blocked the decision because she didn't meet the drafting criteria, partly due to her gender.