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Before the National Basketball Association was the NBA, there was the Black Five Era, or the period of The Black Fives. Any basketball team back in the late 19th century up to 1947 was referred to as the Fives. But the term Black Fives came from the five starting players that would make up the African-American professional basketball team. Other names for the black basketball teams were the Negro Cagers or Colored Quints.

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