The terrible news about the death of Mark Jackson’s brother, Troy Escalade Jackson, was released today. The young Jackson was a basketball player himself and part of the AND1 Mixtape Tour. Keep reading to know more about this sad news, his life and so much more plus see Troy Escalade Jackson’s photos in the great links in our story and the video after the jump.
Troy’s brother is the 45 year old former New York Knicks player from Brooklyn, NY. Although his time with the Knicks was what got him his recognition, he also played with the Clippers, Rockets, Pacer, Raptors, Nuggets and the Utah Jazz. After his retirement he became an analyst for ESPN, ABC and for the NY Net. He and his wife are highly involved with their church’s ministry, True Love Worship Center International.
His younger brother Troy Jackson was also known as Escalade Jackson, why? Well he was a big guy 6’10” and weighed over 400 pounds. It was hard not to miss him, he got your attention very easily, just like the famous Cadillac plus size SUV. Mr. Jackson was born on January 11, 1976 (this will make his age 35), in South Jamaica Queens, New York. He went to Hill East High School and went to George Wallace Community College in Selma, Alabama before getting a scholarship at the University of Louisville, with the Louisville Cardinals, Troy wore the number 15 on his jersey.
In 2002 he joined the the New York Streetball Team and soon with the AND1 Mixtape Vol. 6. When he was introduced to fans, he also joined the Magic City Snowbears and the Harlem Globetrotters (for 2 years). More recently he was seen with the Ball Up Streetball team. At age 20 he was on the cover of the 2005 edition of Sports Illustrated which you can see here.
In 2006 he was a guest on Stephen A. Smith’s show Quite Frankly, two years later he joined fellow basketball players in the fight over STD. He was described as a genuine streetball icon, amazing friend and terrific man, for these and so many things the terrible news about Troy Jackson dying in his sleep in Los Angeles leaves us with great sorrow and emptiness in our hearts, he was without a doubt a phenomenal person and outstanding player. See Troy’s photos here.
According to the New York Post, Jackson was in L.A for the NBA All-Star game. He was found dead on Sunday February 20th, 2011. An autopsy will reveal his cause of death. You can see Troy Jackson’s pictures here.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family throughout this terrible time, would you like to express your condolences to Troy Escalade Jackson’s family? See Mark Jackson’s brother’s video below.