- John Salley
birthdate=birth date and age|1964|5|16
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Los Angeles Lakers(1999–2000)
*4x NBA champion
Early life and career
Salley was born in
Brooklyn, New York. He is a 1988 graduate of Georgia Tech's College of Management and a member of the Omega Psi PhiFraternity. Salley played high school ball at Canarsie High Schoolin Brooklyn. [Anderson, Dave. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CEEDD1130F93AA25750C0A963958260 " Sports of The Times; City Teen-Agers Hold A Calm Garden Party"] , " The New York Times", March 19, 1995. Accessed October 10, 2007.]
At 6'11" (2.11 m), Salley played both power forward and center for the
Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Panathinaikos BCand Los Angeles Lakers. He gained the nickname "Spider" for his in-your-face style of guarding his opponent. Salley is also the first player in NBA history to play on three different championship-winning franchises; Robert Horryjoined him in this exclusive club in 2005. John Salley is considering coming back to the n.b.a.
He was drafted by the
Detroit Pistonsin the first round of the 1986 NBA Draftout of Georgia Tech. He is among the Pistons' all-time leaders in blocked shots, holds Georgia Tech's blocked shot record, and has had his jersey number 22 retired—a very rare honor in college basketball. [The retiring of players' "jerseys" is not uncommon in college basketball, but retirement of numbers is far more rare. The main reason is that far fewer numbers are available for use by college teams than in the NBA. NCAA rules, unlike those of the NBA, prohibit the use of any digits greater than five in player numbers. Georgia Tech has not only retired Salley's number 22, but also the number 25 worn by Salley's teammate Mark Price, the number 15 worn by current NBA player Matt Harpring, the number 20 worn by former NBA player Tom Hammonds, and the numbers 21 and 40 worn by Roger Kaiser and Rich Yunkus, respectively.] After joining the Pistons, he became close friends with Adrian Dantley, who taught him proper nutrition, how to exercise, and how to conduct himself off the court. Salley, for his part, called Dantley "The Teacher." Salley would become good friends with comedian Eddie Murphyand made several appearances at comedy clubs in the off-season. In 1989 and 1990, he played on two Pistons championship teams.
Heat and Bulls
He was traded to the
Miami Heatin 1992 and, a few years after that, was left unprotected by Miami in the 1995 expansion draft. Following a short stint with the inaugural Toronto Raptors team where he received little playing time, he negotiated a buyout of his contract in order to sign with the Chicago Bulls, where he helped Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippenand former Pistons teammates Dennis Rodmanlead the Bulls to a record-breaking 72-win season, after which Salley retired. However, in 1996, he came out of retirement to join Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos BCfor only a few games.
In 1999, he joined a Lakers team led by
Kobe Bryantand Shaquille O'Neal. He saw little action for the Lakers en route to their first of three consecutive NBA championships from 2000–2002; he retired again following the first championship season after proudly proclaiming that he had won "four championship rings, with three different teams, in three different decades and two different millenniums."
Currently, he is one of the hosts of "
The Best Damn Sports Show Period" on Fox Sports Network. Salley hosted "The John Salley Block Party", a radio morning show on Los Angeles station "100.3 The Beat" from May 2005 - 2006.
In 2007, Salley appeared in the ABC
reality televisionseries , featuring a dozen celebrities in a stock carracing competition. In the first round of competition, Salley matched up against professional wrestler John Cenaand tennisstar Serena Williams.
For a short time, Salley provided analysis for NBC's "
In 2006, Salley was named the Commissioner of the American Basketball Association.
In 2004 he was part of the panel of celebrity judges in the
TBS Superstationshow He's a Lady. For a short time in the late 1990s, Salley had a late night TV talk show. It did not do well in the ratings. He is now the host of the new hit talk show that comes live from a club, Ballers.
In the fall of 1998, Salley also hosted the game show "
I Can't Believe You Said That", which aired on the Fox Family Channel. During that time, he also guest-starred as a panelist on " Hollywood Squares".
Salley has also starred in the
Disney ChannelOriginal Movie, " The Ultimate Christmas Present" as a tall elf.
In 1996, Salley starred as a veteran basketball player alongside Whoopi Goldberg in "Eddie" about a fan who takes over as coach of The New York Knicks.
In 2001, Salley made an appearance in the
Luther Vandrossmusic video, Take You Out.
Salley is a devoted
vegetarianand has appeared on PETA's testimonial videos. [ [http://veggietestimonial.peta.org/psa.aspx?CID=e16eb785-0f3e-475f-aacf-ff2065433634 "I am an athlete and I am a vegatarian"] , Featured Veggie Testimonial, " PETA", Accessed July 04, 2008.]
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