Basketball: Hoops Are High for Scotsman Dubbed 'The Next Michael Jordan' ..; ARCHIBALD ALL SET TO MAKE NBA HISTORY

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Basketball: Hoops Are High for Scotsman Dubbed 'The Next Michael Jordan' ..; ARCHIBALD ALL SET TO MAKE NBA HISTORY


AYOUNG Scots basketball star, dubbed the next Michael Jordan, was last night set to make history by becoming the first player from this country to play in America's elite NBA.

Robert Archibald, 22, is expected to make his debut for the Memphis Grizzlies in Dallas in the first game of the US basketball season.

The 6ft 11in star has been named in the team's 12 man squad to face title contenders Dallas Mavericks in the match which will be televised live.

And according to the club's head coach Sidney Lowe, the former Scotland junior International is set for a successful career in the world's top league.

But before setting the court alight with his dazzling skills, coach Lowe is hopeful that Archibald will shake off an ankle knock to start the game.

He said: "First of all, we want to make sure he's healthy and ready to go for us. Archibald is a physical player, he's going to get in there and bang and get rebounds a bit like Michael Jordan.

"His first year is going to be a feeling process for him, getting some experience playing against guys and practising against our guys.

"We certainly like Arch, he works hard, and he's going to have an extremely good career. It's just matter of him gaining experience."

The Paisley born forward, brought up in Dunfermline, began his career with his local side, the Paisley Hoops and represented Great Britain in the World University Games.

As a schoolboy star he was named Scotland's Under-18 player of the year and in 1997 was voted Most Valuable Player of the Nike European Camp, a specialist training camp for the top 65 European players. …

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