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Tributes to former NBA and Scots basketball player

Robert Archibald, the only Scottish player to appear in the NBA, has died aged 39.

Superstar: Robert Archibald has been the only Scottish player to appear in the NBA. SNS
Superstar: Robert Archibald has been the only Scottish player to appear in the NBA.

Former NBA player and Great Britain international Robert Archibald has died aged 39.

Archibald was the only Scottish player to appear in the NBA, having been drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002 before going on to play for the Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors.

Toronto Raptors: Robert Archibald also played for Orlando Magic.

Basketball Scotland’s chief executive Kevin Pringle told the governing body’s website: “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.”

Archibald’s former college team, the University of Illinois, tweeted: “We’ve lost a member of our Illini family much too soon. RIP, Arch.”

Former Grizzlies team-mate Pau Gasol added: “Sad, very sad. Robert Archibald, former teammate on the Memphis Grizzlies, has passed away.

“My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP, Robert.”

Archibald played 44 NBA games at centre or power forward and later enjoyed a successful career in Europe with the likes of Valencia and Joventut Badalona as well as representing Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics.


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