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.
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.
- 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.