Joseph Blair

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Joseph Blair
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1974-06-12) June 12, 1974 (age 40)
Akron, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school C.E. King (Houston, Texas)
College Arizona (1992–1996)
NBA draft 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career 1996–2009
Career history
1996–1997 Pau-Orthez
1997–1998 Harlem Globetrotters
1998 Long Island Surf
1998–1999 Fila Biella
1999–2000 Scavolini Pesaro
2000 Harlem Globetrotters
2000–2001 PAOK
2001–2002 Scavolini Pesaro
2002–2004 Ülkerspor
2004–2007 Armani Jeans Milano
2007–2008 Spartak Primorje
2008–2009 Spartak Saint Petersburg
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Blair (born June 12, 1974) is a retired American professional basketball player. He is 2.10 m (6 ft 10.75 in) tall and he weighs 120 kg (265 pounds). He played as a forward-center. He is well known for his spectacular style of play among other things, and has been a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Pro career[edit]

After being drafted 35th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Draft, he made a successful career of international play, spending 12 seasons in Europe, including stops in France, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Russia. He never played in the NBA, although he participated in a Chicago Bulls preseason game in 2007.[1] His performances in the Euroleague earned him a spot in the All-Euroleague Second Team for the Euroleague 2001-02 season, while he was playing with Scavolini Pesaro. He also won the Euroleague 2002-03 regular season MVP award, while playing with Ülkerspor.

On October 30, 2008, in a Russian Cup quarterfinal game between Spartak Saint Petersburg and Lokomotiv Rostov, Blair started an on-court brawl which led to the ejection of 16 players.[2] When play resumed, it was a 4-on-4 match, before ultimately becoming a 3-on-3 match.[2][3] Strangely, Blair was not ejected.[2]

Current info[edit]

Joseph Blair is now recognized as a community leader. He is the founder of Blair Charity Group based in Tucson, AZ. Blair Charity Group's mission is to create and support programs that address the priorities of Southern Arizona community, while still helping to strengthen the non-profit sector through collaboration and consultation. He donates hundreds of hours to making the Tucson community the best it can be. He holds basketball camps at no cost to the children who participate. Blair has returned to University of Arizona to complete his undergraduate degree, and is an Undergraduate Assistant Coach to the top ranked basketball program in the 2013-2014 season, working with the big men.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Profile". Nba.com. 1974-06-12. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "Huge Basketball Fight in Russia, Afterwards they play 3 on 3, Video". Neswsports.com. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Basketball fight: Arizona WILDcat strikes in Russia". Ballineurope.com. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 

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