Tiny Archibald Rumors
NBA legend Nate “Tiny” Archibald has been living with an incurable heart disease for more than a year, the 69-year-old retired Hall of Fame player revealed to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. Motivated by the recent deaths of peers Moses Malone, Darryl Dawkins and Dwayne “Pearl” Washington as well as health statistics provided by the National Basketball Players Association, Archibald underwent a health screening in December 2016 and was diagnosed with amyloidosis — an as-yet irreversible protein buildup that prevents his heart from properly pumping blood to his body.
“What’s happening is my heart is beating too fast and too hard,” Archibald told MacMullan. “There’s blockage in there and we gotta find a way to dissolve some of it. My heart is taking a pounding, and that blockage is going to cause it to malfunction.” “What I have is really rare. There’s no pills, nothing they have found that works. I’m being tested all the time, just hoping, you know? “My [heart] could go any minute. But I’m not ready for that. I want to be around for a long time.”
Tim MacMahon: Per @ESPNStatsInfo: James Harden can join Tiny Archibald and Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average 35 points and 10 assists in a month (min: 10 games). Needs 30 and 9 tomorrow vs. Pacers.
But logging a whopping 3,681 minutes over the course of 80 games and hoisting 2,106 shots from the field — without the benefit of a 3-point line to pad his scoring totals and spare him some of that painful contact — definitely “took a toll on me” in the words of the 6-foot-1, 150-pounder. “You pay for that, too,” Archibald says. Not that he has similar fears for Harden or Westbrook. “These guys are bigger and stronger than me,” Tiny says. “And the technology is different. The medical technology is different. Bernard King, who tore up his knee, he would be back quicker nowadays. He wouldn’t have to wait a year and a half or two years to come back. Everything is much better and I think that’s why guys last longer. These guys are equipped with a different century than we were.”
Isaiah Thomas, with his ascension to one of the best guards in the NBA, is drawing comparisons to some of the game’s great little men, including former Celtic and Hall of Famer Nate Archibald, with whom he has developed a bond. The two began talking basketball when they were signing autographs at a sports collectible show. “Me and him talked, and we weren’t really talking about the size thing,” Archibald said. “We know he can play. He came from another team out West [Phoenix], could score and do all those things, but the transition is learning a new coach and new players.
11 Feb 15