Nate “Tiny” Archibald NBA, American basketball player on Death Hoax
Rumors are circulating that the legendary figure associated with the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Nathaniel “Tiny” Archibald, has passed away. His wife, Tena Archibald made a post on Facebook about four hours ago stating that it appears that Archibald is still alive and in good health. “There appears to be an erroneous rumor circulating that my husband Nathaniel “Tiny” Archibald is deceased. I, Mrs. Tena Archibald his wife, can assure you that he is ALIVE AND WELL. Many social media users felt reluctant to believe the false rumors as they have come from uncredible sources.
Who is Nathaniel “Tiny” Archibald?
Archibald, a playground legend in the South Bronx, was cut from the varsity basketball team as a sophomore. As a junior, he rejoined. Archibald briefly considered dropping out of school after being a chronic truant. Archibald got help from Floyd Layne and Pablo Robertson. Robertson, a former Loyola of Chicago star and Harlem playground impresario, saw Archibald in action on the playgrounds and convinced his high school coach to reinstate him.
In 1966, despite only playing in blowouts as a junior, the shy, quiet teen was named team captain and All-City. Archibald began attending school regularly to improve his poor academic standing, which prevented most colleges from offering him a scholarship. Archibald enrolled at Arizona Western College before transferring to UTEP to play college basketball. Three standout seasons at El Paso under Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins.
Nathaniel “Tiny” Archibald’s professional career
Cincinnati Royals select Archibald 19th. Texas Chaparrals drafted him. Archibald lost 128–104 in his NBA debut. In 1971, Archibald scored 47 points against the Hawks. On November 18, 1972, Archibald scored 51 points and dished out 14 assists. Archibald was the only NBA player to win scoring and assists in the same season (1972–73). (with 34 points and 11.4 assists in 46 minutes per game).
Oscar Robertson led the NBA in points and assists per game in 1967–68, but not in totals. His 34.0 ppg average was an NBA guard record in 2020. His 910 assists broke Guy Rodgers’ record of 908. The NBA MVP. Archibald first made the NBA Playoffs in 1975 with the Kings (44-38). Archibald averaged 20.2/5.3 in the Bulls’ first-round loss. Archibald played for Royals/Kings from 1970-1976. Despite being the Kings’ most popular player, he was traded to the Nets in 1976. In 34 games, Archibald shot 20.5%.
After an injury-plagued 1976–77 season, he was traded to the Buffalo Braves for two first-round draft picks and George Johnson. Archibald tore his Achilles and missed the season. After being waived by the Celtics, Archibald played for the Bucks in 1983. Point guard for 46 games.
Archibald was a Georgia and Texas-El Paso assistant coach (where he worked with Tim Hardaway). He’s coached the USBL’s New Jersey Jammers and a Boston rec league. Archibald coached NBDL in 2001. A year later, he joined the NBA’s community relations department. Archibald was named head coach of the Long Beach Jam in 2004 in the revived ABA, but he resigned on January 17, 2005, during their second and final season.
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