Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Escalade" Dead At 35


Troy "Escalade" Jackson, the larger-than-life streetball legend and younger brother of former Knicks player Mark Jackson, died in his sleep early yesterday morning. The 6-foot-10, 400-pound Jackson, 35, was in Los Angeles for NBA All-Star Weekend. The cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy.


Jackson, a Jamaica, Queens native, played college basketball at Louisville, but became one of the most famous streetball players of all time with the And 1 Mixtape Tour, a traveling basketball exhibition he joined in 2002. He also traveled for two years with the Harlem Globetrotters and most recently competed with the Ball Up streetball team.


- The New York Post

Well I think we're all shocked for a couple of reasons. First of all, I doubt anyone was aware that Escalade was Mark Jackson's "little" brother. I sure wasn't. So that was weird to find out. Equally weird to find out about his death. RIP Escalade, you will be missed.

P.S. I wonder how the "Ball Up streetball team" is going to manage without him.



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