|Power forward / Center|
June 12, 1974 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)|
|Listed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school||C.E. King (Houston, Texas)|
|NBA draft||1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Pro playing career||1996–2009|
|1998||Long Island Surf|
|2004–2007||Armani Jeans Milano|
|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.
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. 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. When play resumed, it was a 4-on-4 match, before ultimately becoming a 3-on-3 match. Strangely, Blair was not ejected.
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.
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- "Basketball fight: Arizona WILDcat strikes in Russia". Ballineurope.com. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
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- Italian League Profile (Italian)
- Turkish League Profile
- NBA Draft Profile