A couple of weeks back in our And-1 links we pointed you toward video of former Spur Stephen Jackson getting in an altercation with former NBAer Steve Francis at a club where Jackson was performing, an incident that ended Jackson putting his hand on Francis’ throat. (Here is the link again, we’re not running that video here because it’s not exactly safe for work, but if you want to see it follow the link then get to the 25 minute mark of the video and start watching.)
Last week Stephen Jackson was on Dan Le Batard’s show “Highly Questionable” on ESPN. Fast forward to the 2:20 mark to hear Jackson explain his side of the Francis altercation, and how his hands “ended up on” Francis’ throat. As if they had a mind of their own.
Lillard, in an interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN:
It was just me showing urgency, spark that urgency, figure out, “OK, what do we have to do?” We’re a five, six seed. What do we got to do to make the jump? If you don’t have a line of communication with people who can make the changes or the people who can make impact for things happening for the better, then you’re just going out there playing.
IT WAS DECEMBER 2016 when Archibald learned of his diagnosis, during a free screening at the New York offices of the NBPA. And now, more than a year later, he’s still reeling from the news.
“What I have is really rare,” he says. “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.”
The medical community has had little success solving the riddle of amyloidosis. For those who suffer from it, aside from participating in clinical trials, or the possibility of a heart transplant, which at Archibald’s age may not be viable, there isn’t much that can be done.
We celebrated Archibald’s 69th birthday last fall with this highlight video. If you’re not familiar with the 6-foot-1 guard’s exciting game, get acquainted:
Hopefully, Archibald gets his wish and sticks around a long time.