Robert Archibald Biography – Wiki
Robert Michael Archibald was born on March 29, 1980 in Paisley, United Kingdom. Robert Michael Archibald was a Scottish professional basketball player. A 6 ft 11 in power forward / center from the University of Illinois, he was selected by the NBA club the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2002 NBA draft with the third pick of the second round.
Very sad news!
Robert Archibald did his country 🏴 proud as the only Scot who has made it all the way to playing in the #NBA
The thoughts of everyone at @SkySportsNBA goes out to Robert's family and friends, may he rest in peace.
— Sky Sports NBA (@SkySportsNBA) January 25, 2020
Robert Archibald Age
He was 39 years old.
Robert Archibald Family
His dad Bobby, who likewise spoke to Great Britain, affirmed his child had been discovered dead at his home in Illinois on Thursday.
“We were so glad for him,” he said. “He pushed individual envelopes for his game by making it to the NBA with his devotion to his specialty.”
Archibald was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002 preceding proceeding to play for the Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors. Until this point in time, he is the main Scot to play in the NBA.
Education and Career
Archibald graduated from Lafayette High School in 1998, along with MLB player Ryan Howard. Archibald’s father Bobbie was a player for Murray BC in Scotland and was capped several times for Scotland and Great Britain’s national teams.
Archibald represented the Scottish national basketball team at junior level. He joined the Great Britain national team as it formed in 2007. He represented Great Britain 46 times including EuroBasket 2009, EuroBasket 2011, and at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Cause of Death
Archibald died by suicide aged 39 in Barrington, Illinois.
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 25, 2020
Scotland’s Basketball chief, Kevin Pringle paid his tribute to the former Great Britain stalwart.
“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.”