Monday, February 21, 2011

R.I.P. Troy Escalade Jackson...You'll Be Missed!

Many were shocked to learn the news that streetball legend, Troy "Escalade" Jackson had passed away in his sleep in his Los Angeles hotel room during NBA All Star Weekend.

I literally received a text moments before The Breakdown was set to go to air on Sunday night and I like many was in disbelief. At 6-foot-10 and over 350 pounds, Troy was spectacular on the court and one of the nicest people you'd meet off it.

He understood what it meant to put on a show and once shared during one of his many appearances on The Breakdown that he genuinely wanted to make people happy and put smiles on kid's faces.

His older brother and retired NBA player, Mark Jackson was spot on when he said in a statement to the New York Post, "He traveled all around the world and touched so many lives,"

Troy did just that everywhere he went and it was always a pleasure to have him on as a guest on the show whether we were dissecting playoff series or listening to his childhood stories about being the younger brother of an NBA player.

I'll never forget a conversation we had with Troy once when we asked him how he would want to be remembered.

Here's what he said:

"I just want folks to say that Troy Jackson did it the right way, that's it. I want folks to remember me as a good guy."

And that's exactly how you'll be remembered Troy.

Thanks for the great times, the laughs and the lasting legacy you left for us all.

Rest In Peace ESCALADE!

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