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Blast From the Past: Must Watch Video of UTEP Legend Nate "Tiny" Archibald

Thanks so much to a reader for sending this video my way. My post yesterday on Nolan Richardson's jersey retirement incorrectly stated that UTEP had only previously retired the jersey's of Bobby Joe Hill and Jim "Bad News" Barnes. UTEP has in fact also retired the jersey of Naismith Hall of Famer Nate "Tiny" Archibald. Check out this video, made in 1987, that features an interview with Archibald and clips from his UTEP retirement ceremony.



Archibald of course starred at UTEP under Don Haskins before being drafted in the second round of the 1970 NBA Draft. He played in six NBA All-Star games and is the only player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring and assists in the same season (1972).

After his NBA career, Archibald returned to his hometown of New York where he worked with underprivileged kids.

Although Archibald stopped contributing on the basketball court, he certainly did not stop contributing elsewhere. After his brief stint with the Bucks, he returned to New York City to run basketball schools for underprivileged kids and to work as athletic director at the huge 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.

Check out his NBA Legends profile here for a refresher on his NBA Career.

Thanks again to reader, LJ, for the video above.