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January 27, 2022 | 6:07 pm EST Update
Nate “Tiny” Archibald, one of the greatest ballers to legitimately claim the Big Apple, is now 3 ½ years removed from his heart transplant. The doctors said his amyloidosis was uncurable, but, at 73 years old, he’s still evading the fullcourt press. Archibald’s also overcome COVID-19 and was just named to the NBA’s 75th anniversary team. So what’s next for the Bronx’s finest? If money would allow it, he’d get his doctorate degree. “I always tell people I’ve got a second chance at life,” Archibald said. “I don’t know how many other people can talk about it, say it. Just to be here is a blessing.”
Most of all, Archibald misses mentoring young basketball players and giving back to the New York community. He encourages them to idolize Steph Curry over LeBron James and Kevin Durant, simply because of physics. Most players can’t reach the physical stature of the NBA’s giants, but Curry demonstrated that hard work can overcome size. There’s also a student still bubbling inside Archibald. After retiring from the NBA and winning a title with the Celtics, he achieved a master’s degree from Fordham University but never the doctorate he desired. He’s still trying. “I’m trying to get into a cohort program. They want a lot of money,” he said. “I know people say, ‘he played in the NBA.’ That don’t mean we made a lot of money. We survived. I tell people it was a survival back then. So save your money, invest it, make good use of it.”
Those roots fostered an early connection with Kemba Walker, another Bronx-bred point guard who signed with the Knicks this season but has mostly struggled while managing an arthritic knee. “We always had that relationship. I’m proud of him, and not because he’s a Knick, I’m proud of him because they gave him a chance to come back home,” Archibald said. “But injuries sometimes deter your goals. I know he wants to play. With the banged up knees, it’s not impossible. But it’s hard for him to play and they’re not winning, either.”
January 27, 2022 | 5:54 pm EST Update