Archibald Resigns as Head Coach of the Fayetteville Patriots
Nate "Tiny" Archibald Joins the NBA’s Community Relations Team
NEW YORK, N.Y., Jan. 8, 2002 – Basketball Hall of Famer Nate “Tiny” Archibald has accepted a position with the NBA’s community relations department and resigned as head coach of the Fayetteville Patriots, it was announced today by NBDL Executive Director Karl Hicks.
“Although we are disappointed to lose Tiny’s presence on the court, we accept his decision to leave the bench,” said Hicks. “We are pleased he will remain a part of the NBA family and contribute to the league’s community outreach programs.”
“This was an extremely difficult decision,” said Archibald. “I’ve enjoyed working with our players over the past few months and sharing my knowledge of the game with them. I have a real passion for coaching and teaching, but this position with the community relations department is a unique opportunity.”
Assistant Coach Sam Worthen will serve as interim coach for tonight’s game vs. the Columbus Riverdragons at the Crown Coliseum.
Nate “Tiny” Archibald was named head coach of the Fayetteville Patriots on January 31, 2001. The Patriots are currently 5-16 in the National Basketball Development League.
After retiring from the NBA in 1984, Archibald returned to New York City and earned his Masters Degree in Adult Education and Human Resources Development from Fordham University in 1990. He also ran basketball schools for underprivileged kids and worked as the Athletic Director for the Harlem Armory homeless shelter until it closed in 1991. He was honored for his work with the City’s youth by then New York City Mayor David Dinkins in 1993. He then went on to earn his Professional Degree in Supervision and Administration in 1994 and is currently working on his Educational Doctorate Degree.
Following a 14-year NBA career that was topped off by an NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics in 1981, Archibald was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991 and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
Archibald, a six-time NBA All-Star, is the only player in NBA history to lead the league in both scoring and assists in the same season when he averaged 34.0 points per game and 11.4 assists per game with the Kansas City/Omaha Kings in 1972-73. Archibald finished his 14-year NBA career averaging 18.8 ppg and 7.4 apg playing for six teams (Cincinnati 1970-71 – 1971-72; K.C/Omaha 1972-73 – 1974-75 / Kansas City 1975-76; New York Nets 1976-77; Buffalo 1977-78; Boston 1978-79 – 1982-83; Milwaukee 1983-84).
A native of New York City, Archibald played high school basketball at the famed DeWitt Clinton H.S. in the Bronx, N.Y., before attending Junior College at Arizona Western Community College. After averaging 29.5 ppg his freshman year, Archibald earned a scholarship to Texas-El Paso where he went on to average 21.4 ppg over his next three collegiate seasons before being selected by Cincinnati after his senior year in the second round (19th overall) in the 1970 NBA Draft.
On his way to amassing 16,481 career points and 6,476 career assists, Archibald’s Hall of Fame basketball resume boasts All-NBA first team honors in 1973, 1975 and 1976, and the NBA All-Star Game MVP Award in 1981.
The National Basketball Development League tipped off its inaugural season on November 16, 2001. The Fayetteville Patriots (N.C.), North Charleston Lowgators (S.C.), Huntsville Flight (Ala.), Mobile Revelers (Ala.), Roanoke Dazzle (Va.), Columbus Riverdragons (Ga.), Greenville Groove (S.C.), and Asheville Altitude (N.C.) will compete in a 56-game regular season schedule that runs from mid-November through March, followed by playoffs. A total of 24 games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN, and 19 games will be broadcast regionally on FOX Sports Net South.
Designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the NBDL offers players the opportunity to develop their talent in a highly competitive atmosphere under the NBA’s umbrella. In addition to being a source of on-court talent for the NBA’s 29 teams, the NBDL will also serve as a diverse human resources pool for the NBA and its teams by training employees in management, operations, public relations, sales and marketing positions in each NBDL city.