The basketball community is in mourning after the death of former NBA player, Robert Archibald at the age of 39. Archibald was born in Scotland before coming to the United States with his family in 1997. His family moved to St. Louis.
Archibald played mainly the Power Forward and Center positions throughout his career.
Once in the United States, Archibald commenced to play basketball at Lafayette High School. From Lafayette, Archibald then went on to college basketball with Illinois University, playing for the Illini mens team.
During Archibald’s four year tenure with Illinois, the school experienced major success. The team won the Big Ten twice, with Archibald making noticeable contributions.
During his senior year, which was also his final year with Illinois, Archibald was moved into the starting line up. During this season, Archibald posted averages of 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Illini eventually made it up to the Sweet 16 of the tournament before elimination.
Following his schools defeat, Archibald declared himself eligible for the 2002 NBA Draft. Archibald was then drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round with the third pick. Archibald was drafted alongside future star and NBA Champion Pau Gasol, whom the Grizzlies drafted with the 3rd overall pick.
Gasol was one of those whom sent his condolences to his former teammate, posting an image of them together on Twitter, along with a short message, “Sad, very sad. Robert Archibald, former teammate on the Grizzlies, has passed away. My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP, Robert.”
Archibald played in the NBA for another two years, playing also for the Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and lastly the Toronto Raptors in 2004.
After leaving the NBA, Archibald went on to continue his basketball career in Europe, where he would join the Euroleague. Archibald would play four seasons in the Euroleague, playing for various franchises like Scavolini Pesaro and Joventut Badalona.
Archibald’s international play was one to be lauded as he represented both Scotland and Great Britain in various factions. Archibald represented Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The Guardian quotes Basketball Scotlands Kevin Pringle as saying the follow regarding Archibald’s passing,
“The news of Robert’s death is a complete shock to us all. He was a wonderful man and a great friend, as well as being a trailblazer and an inspiration to others.”
“Throughout his extraordinary career he always played with pride and determination, and was always a credit to his country, whether representing Scotland or GB at home or abroad.”
“The basketball community has lost a great role model and a true friend, and the thoughts of the whole community are with his family at this difficult time. We will miss him.”
Robert Archibald’s death was one that shocked many, his father Bobby Archibald, whom was also a basketball player, commented on his son’s death saying ““We were so proud of him,” he said. “He pushed personal envelopes for his sport by making it to the NBA with his dedication to his craft.”
So fat, the cause of Archibald’s death is unknown.