Lewis “Black Magic” Lloyd

Lewis “Black Magic” Lloyd

Lewis “Black Magic” Kevin Lloyd, a famed basketball player and entrepreneur, died on Friday, July 5, 2019. He was 60.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1959 to Joanne Booker and Lewis Lloyd Jr.

Lloyd played basketball at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia. He graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa after starting his college career at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. Lloyd averaged 30.2 points and 15 rebounds per game in his junior year and 26.3 per game as a senior. He was a two-time winner of the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year while at Drake. His number 30 jersey is retired at Drake.

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Lloyd played seven seasons in the NBA, after being selected in the fourth round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. During his time with the NBA he played for the Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Lloyd’s impact on the lives of others multiplied ten-fold when he retired from the NBA. He focused on service to the community. He dedicated much of his time to young people by conducting youth basketball clinics and coaching at basketball camps in Philadelphia, Des Moines and Wichita, Kansas. His work in the city exposed him to the plight of the community at large and afforded him the opportunity to network with those in a position to effect change. His fundraising efforts supported his passion for empowering youth and affecting positive change in the community.

Lloyd spent most of his time at home in Philadelphia where he was devoted to family and friends.

“[He] will be fondly remembered as a kind, humble entrepreneur and basketball player who treated everyone the same and was dedicated to his community, family and friends,” his family said in a tribute.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Booker.

He is survived by: his siblings, Kathleen Lloyd, Daryl Lloyd, Sean Lloyd (Angela Lloyd) and Roy Lloyd and children, Alimah Green, Denita Lloyd, Andre Adams, Lamar Person and Janay July.

Services will be held July 13 at 11 a.m. at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, 5600 W. Girard Ave. Burial is private.

Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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