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The 500 lb. NBA player that completely change the game

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The world is full of wonders, and among the many amazing facts, Troy Jackson, who is the biggest guy in the world with 500lb weight and 6’ 10” height, is a wonder in himself. Well, how about if we call him Escalade? Yes, one of the greatest, famous, and unquestionably the king of street basketball players of all time has known as Escalade because of his size and weight. So, stay with us to know about the incredible details of this biggest guy.

Troy Escalade Jackson:

One of the best-known stars of street basketball, Troy Jackson, his splendid style of play gained attention globally when his games have shown on ESPN, and he was the younger brother of former player of NBA, Mark Jackson. The king of street ball, Troy Jackson, born on January 11, 1976, was an American basketball player, and he was a member of the AND1 Mixtape Tour and also got fame by his street basketball nickname Escalade. With 6 feet 10 inches height and 500 pounds, this biggest guy, Troy Jackson, was a senior at Hills East High School in Long Island, New York. His outstanding performances at Rucker Park caught the attention of Bill Hughley, who was the coach of Wallace Community College in Selma, Alabama. Jackson enrolled at Wallace, and he continued to play at 500 pounds, and he received all-region honors as a sophomore. Once, he said in his interview, people admire how I played at 500-plus pounds, but to me, it felt natural. The achievements of Jackson in community college led to a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville, even though the school demanded that he would have to lose weight. Jackson complied, and by his senior year at Louisville, he had slimmed down to about 363 pounds after a strict diet. Jackson only played twenty games for Louisville over two years, averaging 3.0 points per game and 1.6 rebounds per game in a reserve role. In 2002, he joined a traveling street basketball exhibition and became well-known to basketball fans through this AND1 Mixtape tour. With the AND1 Tour, Jackson used the nickname Escalade, a reference to the Cadillac SUV. One of his teammates said that he is a big guy, but he can entertain, and he can seriously play. Jackson appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and mentioned as a street basketball legend by the magazine Jet. Off the basketball court, Jackson worked as an advocate for STD prevention. This 6‘10 Jackson was an amazing athlete even though his weight sometimes hovered near the 500 lb. mark. He grew up in the shadows of his older brother Mark, and was at times his biggest cheerleader and biggest fan from their humble

beginnings on Long Island, to Mark’s outstanding career with St. John’s, and after it with the Knicks, Pacers, Clippers, Raptors, and Jazz. Both brothers Troy and Mark were super close friends and talked several times a day on the phone, but he never put it out there because he didn’t want to leech off his brother’s fame. He wanted to make his way on his own, and what a path the late Escalade made, paving his way as demonstratively as he drove the lane, overcoming obstacles at first with his mammoth size and then with his even greater kindness. In fact, by 2005, when Mark’s epic playing career was over, and it was Escalade on the cover of Sports Illustrated, little brother had surpassed big brother in fame. Former NBA player and Troy’s elder brother, Mark Jackson, talking about the fame escalade got from the world, mark said, I remember one time, we were walking through the mall, and some kids ran behind us, and I thought that they must recognize me. Instead, one of them taps me on the shoulder shyly and asks, Can we take a picture with the Escalade? Troy was much younger, and Mark made him feel like he was part of everything in that NBA life, and that made Troy a brat for a little bit. But he matured and became my gentle giant. He and Mark had a special relationship as brother and as friends too. Jackson was one of the original members of the And 1 Street basketball Tour, and he was instrumental as an ever-present crowd and fan favorite in helping bring to Tour to a world-wide audience on ESPN and even the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was amazingly active for his size showing innate ability as a ball-handler, great ability around the rim, and affection for highlight-reel plays. Jackson was given his nickname of “Escalade” after steeping on an opponent to ferociously that he threw his defender to the ground, and prompting those in attendance to liken him to the rather large sport utility vehicle. He also went on to star with other lesser-known street ball tours like Ball Up and he can undoubtedly be considered a street-ball legend. Of the court, Troy was a steadfast worker for the prevention and the spread of STD’s. On top of being a world-class athlete, Troy Jackson was an even better person as a role model for up-and-coming young players and fans. Troy had a very close relationship with all his nieces and nephews and would share advice, love, and sometimes just silliness. That large but jolly person, Troy could not be in a room with people for more than five minutes without making everyone laugh. There is always the “especially at,” or “even with” or “despite” with Troy Jackson, and with good reason. Shaquille O’Neal is considered the modern physical giant of basketball, and he rarely played at more than 325 pounds. But Troy never played a game as an adult anywhere close to that light. At his size, with his athleticism and his ability to handle the ball, he wanted to make it in basketball and, in a way,

he did. His only struggle was weight. He had an incredible feel for the game, but when he elevated the competition, that’s when you noticed the conditioning and the size hurt him. Escalade was very self-aware, and He had eaten a ton, be like, Maybe I shouldn’t have eaten all that. Some guys might egg him on a bit, but for the most part, they were supportive and they wanted him to be in shape. The And1 Tour started to peter out not long after the 2005 SI cover, as the brand was sold, and fans lost interest, at least at the scale that was packing gyms and parks in the early 2000s. But guys like Escalade and Professor still had their fans and could garner big crowds on and off the court. He could go to a club where an NBA role player, who might make millions a year, wouldn’t even get recognized. But Troy would be VIP. Not only did everyone know him, but they loved him a lot. Troy would be 44 today. His playing days would be over. But it is not hard to imagine him still being on the scene in a big way, as an announcer, coach, scout, or social-media celebrity. that biggest guy, on February 20, 2011, died in his sleep, in Los Angeles. He was 38 and lived in Dix Hills, N.Y. The cause of his death was hypertensive heart disease. He passed away during All-Star weekend at the age of 38. Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who coached the Mark Jackson with the New York Knicks, and coached against Troy Jackson while at Kentucky in the 1990s, said that he was saddened by Troy’s passing and he also said that he was a young man to lose his life and our condolence and prayers go to the family of Jackson. In an interview with the New York Post, Mark talked about how much of an impact his younger brother had. He traveled all around the world and touched so many lives. Troy was someone that everyone enjoyed being around. So many people felt his presence, and he had a huge impact on the street basketball world. Some people called him a gentle giant because he had a big frame, but a sweet soul.

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Outro

This biggest guy with 500-pound weight and with 6 feet 10 inches height, had died in 2011, but his fans felt his presence in their hearts till today, and he had a huge impact on the street basketball world. This king of the street basketball world, and indeed a sweet soul, will be missed by his fans.

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