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Oscar brings recognition to woman basketball pathbreaker Harris

The Queen of Basketball, a 22-minute feature on the life of hoopster Lusia Harris, produced by Shaquille O’Neal and Stephen Curry, won the Oscar for best short-subject documentary in Los Angeles on Monday. The documentary delves into the ‘what if’ and the cultural significance of a black player passing down basketball to later generations. Narrated by Harris herself, the documentary introduces her love for basketball through late nights watching NBA matches featuring Kareem Abdur Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and her favourite player Oscar Robertson. With no avenue to play the game at the college level or professionally at the time, watching these players would be the only solace for Harris in rural Mississippi. A six-foot-three frame by the time she reached high school, she would be taunted...