It should come as no surprise that Nate “Tiny” Archibald was a rare sight at the formal opening Wednesday of Earl Monroe New Renaissance Basketball School, a charter school in The Bronx, with a curriculum focused on the basketball industry.
Two basketball friends from the Northeast – Monroe, 76, from South Philadelphia; Archibald, 73, from the South Bronx – Go far back.
Monroe became Nike and was on its last championship team in 1973. His number 15 is retired from the Garden’s rafters.
Archibald never wore orange and blue. In a 14-year career with the Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City Kings, New York Nets (one season), Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, Archibald played 876 games, averaging 18.8 points and 7.4 assists per game.