the first japanese american pro basketball player

The New York Times has a good article on Wataru Misaka, the first Japanese American to play professional basketball in the United States. In 1947, the 5-foot-7 guard played in three games for the Knicks in the Basketball Association of America (which would later become the NBA in 1949—a year before the league admitted its first black player). He's a pioneer: Size 7 Sneakers Are Still Hard to Fill