The Golden State Warriors have tapped into their NBA Development League affiliate with the signing of guard Scott Machado to a 10-day contact.
After the Santa Cruz Warriors acquired Macado, 22, in a trade from Rio Grande Valley on March 8, he has averaged 6.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 10 games.
The Iona product spent six games with Houston this season after playing with the Rockets during the Summer League. He was waived by Houston on Jan. 7.
In his senior year at Iona, Machado was named the MAAC Player of the Year and led the nation in assists. He will wear No. 1.
When Warriors assistant general manager Kirk Lacob Scott Machado he would be added to the Warriors roster on Saturday, the news couldn’t have come at a better time.
On March 28, Machado’s father, Luiz, 61, died while in custody of the Taxi and Limousine Commission at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. He died of a heart attack, but it is being investigated as a homicide by the Queens district attorney, according to the New York Daily News.
Machado was arrested for allegedly attempting to pick up illegal cab fares and the physical altercation during the arrest led to his ultimately fatal heart attack. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined it took TLC officers seven minutes to call 911 after Machado showed signs of the heart attack, the Daily News reports.
By the time paramedics arrived, 11 minutes had lapsed and he was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital less than an hour later. There were no attempts to provide CPR for Machado as he laid face-down in a gutter.
Then with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, Machado immediately flew home to Queens and didn’t return to Santa Cruz until Friday. When his 10-day contract with Golden State became official on Sunday, he immediately sent a mass text message to his family.
“I sent it out to everyone in the family so they could have some hope, something to smile about,” he said.
Machado has no delusions about playing right away for Golden State, but is thrilled with opportunity.
“It’s been a rough year for me,” said Machado, who started the season with Houston. “I got hurt during the D-League and I knew it was going to be difficult to get back. Then came the thing with my dad, but I always thought I’d get called up eventually.”
As a senior at Iona last year, he led the nation in assists and was named the MAAC Player of the Year.
“He’s a guy that we liked coming out of college,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “His ability to make plays; everyone knew about his ability to pass the basketball.
“Hopefully this is a guy that will be around. There are a lot of hard working players on this team and this environment will hopefully make him better and propel a long career.”
No charges have been filed in death of Luiz Machado.