Milt Palacio, the retired American-Belizean basketball player, is alive-and-well following rumors of his passing.
Megan Walsh, the public relations coordinator for the Brooklyn Nets told Heavy.com, “These reports are inaccurate – we have spoken to Milt, and he is fine.” At the time of the death hoax, Palacio is the assistant coach at the Nets’ G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.
A fake news story circulated on the morning of November 22 that said Palacio had been knocked down by a car outside of a mall in Toronto on the night of November 21. The story said that Palacio had been rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The fake story added that the cause of the crash was “failed brakes.” Palacio had apparently been hit by a Honda Civic. The article also said that the American consulate in Toronto had been made aware of Palacio’s death.
Palacio joined the Nets organization in September 2018. The irony of arguably his most famous NBA moment coming against the Nets while Palacio was with the Celtics, was not lost on Nets Daily. Prior to working for the Nets, Palacio had been the coach of the Belize national team, the head coach of Durham United of the Canadian Basketball League. Between 2013 and 2015, Palacio was the director of player development at the University of Idaho.
Despite being born in Belize, Palacio was raised in Los Angeles. Between 1999 and 2006, Palacio played for the Vancouver Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and the Utah Jazz. Following his time in the NBA, Palacio joined Bnei Herzliya in Israel. Palacio last played for Lietuvos rytas in Lithuania before retiring in 2013.
Palacio represented the land of his birth in international basketball. He played high school ball at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena. Palacio played college basketball at Colorado State University and Midland College.