By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
No. 100: September 1, 1977 – The Braves trade George Johnson, a first-round draft choice in 1978 (Micheal Ray Richardson) and a first-round draft choice in 1979 (Cliff Robinson) to New Jersey for Tiny Archibald.
The Braves were coming off a dreary 1976-77 season, and the team’s front office thought the roster needed some excitement. Who better to do that than Nate “Tiny” Archibald? He was one of the most dynamic players in basketball, someone who led the league in points and assists in 1973.
Archibald, who had achieved his greatest moments with the Kansas City-Omaha Kings, was a member of the Nets when the Braves made this deal. Buffalo sent a couple of first-round picks, one of which by chance turned into Buffalo native son Cliff Robinson, to the Nets for Tiny.
Alas, fate was not on the side of the Braves that season. Archibald suited up for an exhibition game for the Braves in the Aud … and tore his Achilles tendon that night. He was done for the season, and the team never really recovered. They would be gone to San Diego less than a year later.
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