|No. 4, 9, 2|
May 10, 1965 |
|Nationality||American / Lebanese|
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (211 cm)|
|Listed weight||253 lb (115 kg)|
|High school||American School (Athens, Greece)|
|NBA draft||1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Miami Heat|
|Pro playing career||1988–2000|
|1994–1996||Golden State Warriors|
|1998–1999||New Jersey Nets|
|2000||FC Barcelona (Spain)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||9,991 (14.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||6,424 (9.5 rpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Ronald Fred "Rony" Seikaly (Arabic: رونالد ﺼيقلي), known in Greece as Rony Sakalis (Greek: Ρόνι Σακαλής); born May 10, 1965) is a retired Lebanese-born American professional basketball player. Considered one of the top college players from Syracuse Orange men's basketball program, Seikaly's stellar offense and defense placed him among the school's all-time leaders in rebounds, points and blocks while earning several nationally recognized awards and honors.
Drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) by the Miami Heat, Seikaly became one of the team's earliest franchise players as he ranked among the team's top offensive and defensive contributors. He also played for the Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets and internationally in Spain. He was also part of the US national basketball team during the 1986 FIBA World Championship, winning gold. After his retirement from basketball, Seikaly has developed a musical career as a DJ and music producer.
Seikaly was born in Beirut, Lebanon. As a child, Rony moved from Beirut to Greece, where he spent the rest of his youth, and was known by the name Rony Sakalis. He attended and graduated from the American School, also known as ACS Athens. In addition to playing basketball, he was also a football (soccer) player, and an accomplished track and field athlete. As a youth in Greece, he played basketball with both the youth and senior men's sections of the Greek club Panathinaikos. He played with the club's youth sections, where he learned how to play the sport, and with the club's senior men's team at a tournament in Cyprus.
Despite being raised in Greece, he was unable to attain Greek citizenship, due to bureaucratic problems caused by a back-log in his citizenship paperwork. This happened because in order to get his Greek citizenship, he had to wait for his citizenship papers to fully process while he was still in Greece, without leaving the country until the process was completed. This process, as it would turn it out, would not be fully completed until it was past the time he had to report to the USA to play college basketball, or he would lose his college scholarship. So, deciding he would rather not lose his college scholarship, he left Greece to play NCAA basketball in the USA, just before his Greek citizenship was finalized. He would later go on to become a naturalized American citizen.
In 1984, Seikaly began attending Syracuse University in central New York, where he played college basketball. He played center for the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team. He led his Syracuse team to the 1987 NCAA Tournament championship finals against the Indiana Hoosiers during his junior year, after averaging 22 points and 11 rebounds per game throughout the tournament. He was an All-American, and was also named to the John R. Wooden All-American Team. He graduated from Syracuse as the school's all-time leading rebounder, second in school history in blocked shots, and fourth in school history in scoring. At the time, he was only the second player to record 1,000 points and rebounds during his tenure at Syracuse. He was chosen on the Orange's All Century Team, and his number 4 jersey has been retired and raised to the rafters at the Carrier Dome.
Seikaly was taken by the Miami Heat with the 9th pick in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft, the franchise's first ever college draft pick. The rookie center quickly emerged not only as a pivotal player within the team, but also among the league's top young centers. He led the Heat in points, rebounds and blocks while placing sixth in the league for rebounds during his second NBA season.
Seikaly's career with Miami saw him setting numerous team records, including blocks (8), rebounds (34) and double doubles. He averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game in his career with the Heat. He was also named the NBA's Most Improved Player in 1990. During his run with the Heat, he had the nickname "The Spin Doctor", due to his trademark low-post spin moves.
In 1994, Seikaly was traded to the Golden State Warriors, where he spent two years, before going on to play for the Orlando Magic. He averaged 16 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for the Magic. During the 1997–1998 season, he was traded to the Utah Jazz, but the transaction was voided. Eventually, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets in early 1998, before announcing his retirement from the game in 2000. He holds NBA career averages of 14.7 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, and 1.29 blocks per game.
Seikaly's NBA career highs in a game are 40 points, 34 rebounds, 8 blocked shots, 4 steals and 6 assists.
Records and accolades
- Set the Miami Heat record for blocks in a game (8)
- Set the Miami Heat record for free throw attempts in a game (26) and blocks in a season (124)
- 1989-1990 NBA's Most Improved Player
- Set the Miami Heat record for rebounds in a season (934)
- NBA Player of the Week award
- Set the Miami Heat record for defensive rebounds (26) and total rebounds (34) in a game
- Set the Miami Heat record for free throws made in a game (16)
- 20 games of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in the same game
USA national basketball team
|Birth name||Ronald Seikaly|
|Born||10 May 1965|
|Genres||House music, deep house, tech house and techno|
|Occupations||DJ / Music producer|
|Labels||Subliminal Records, Suara, Nervous Records|
Rony Seikaly has become very popular over the past few years as a producer/DJ with his distinct style, regularly performing at some of the world’s biggest clubs, from Ibiza (Pacha, Amnesia, Ushaia) New York City ( Marquee, Pacha, Provocateur, Cielo) Miami ( Space, Story, LIV, Wall) and many other cities around the world.
The former NBA player, who earned the increasingly appropriate nickname “The Spin Doctor” on the court, is not new to music or DJing. Since the age of 14, Seikaly has had a music room in any home he has lived in. Here, Seikaly plays music for friends and parties. Any type of event, and Seikaly is the one behind the decks. The more friends and friends of friends were exposed to Seikaly's talents, the more he was encouraged to share his DJing skills and selection with the public. In 2007, Seikaly was convinced to play out for fun, and the DJ rollercoaster ride has not stopped. "Sports will always be my love. But music will always be my passion," Seikaly—now an in-demand DJ and producer—states.
Seikaly's music background is diverse. This is apparent n his DJing style. Growing up on everything from Barry White to Genesis to Kraftwerk, Seikaly has moved with the times embracing disco at its peak during his teenage years, moving to R&B and developing a kinship for electronic music through all its developing stages. Speaking knowledgeably about various musical eras, Seikaly has an inherent understanding for the music that has inspired him and influenced his unique style. Dubbed "Rony Style" by electronic music heavyweights.
"It's underground" Seikaly explains. "But it is also not music that is going to scare you away. It is groovy, sexy club music."
Pete Tong named Seikaly as one of the most underrated DJs of the year in DJ Times Magazine's 2009 Top 100 DJs, stating that Seikaly was "on fire." Seikaly himself is possibly the one having the most fun in any nightclub. His enjoyment in playing music and seeing the crowd's reaction is a huge part of the experience.
""When he DJs at LIV or Story, [Seikaly] always brings out the A-list crowd--both socially and musically," states David Grutman, owner and operator of the lavish, high-tech LIV & Story nightclubs in Miami Beach.
"It's a showcase," concurs Frederic Henri of Paris' infamous hotspot, Queen. "[Seikaly's] talent has made him Queen's 2010 revelation. His following is getting bigger and bigger with each visit. The French are discovering his sound."
Grooving in the booth has extended Seikaly's musical involvement to original productions. Hes had numerous releases on Beatport and Itunes and maintains an arsenal of unreleased tracks that he plays exclusively in his sets.
His very popular weekly “SugarFree” Radio show on Sirius/XM is one of the hottest shows on Radio and further proves his musical diversity playing more of a downtempo style that has gained many followers.
|Nervous Nitelife Presents Rony Seikaly
|Subiminal Essentials Presents House Calls EP
|East West EP
|Funk the Monk / MILF
- 2010: "Come with Me" (featuring Polina) (Subliminal Records)
- 2010: "Let You Go" (featuring Polina) (Subliminal Records)
- 2010: "Let You Go Part Two" (featuring Polina). Remix by Cedric Gervais (Subliminal Records)
- 2011: "Take Me Higher" (Subliminal Records)
- 2011: "The World Is Beautiful" (Subliminal Records)
- 2011: "Personal Stereo" (Swing Records)
- 2011: "Crazy Powder" (Nervous Inc)
- 2012: "MILF" (Juicy Records)
- 2012: "Funk The Munk" (Juicy Records)
- 2012: "Mood That I Love" (Nervous Records)
- 2012: "Desert Nights" (Nervous Records)
- 2012: "Oh Yeah" (Swing Records)
- 2012: "Perfect Match" (Swing Records)
- 2012: "Illusion" (Nervous Records)
- 2012: "Le Freak" (with Antranig) (Stereo Productions)
- 2012: "Welcome to the Machine" (Nervous Inc.)
- 2012: "Happy Trees" (Nervous Inc.)
- 2013: "You Make Me Feel" (with Jean Claude Ades) (Be Crazy Music)
- 2013: "Thanks for Everything" (Perfect Driver Music)
- 2013: "Can You Hear Me" (Suara Records)
- 2013: "TATOUS" (Nervous Records)
- 2011: "Fly Away" (In The Screen vs. Rony Seikaly feat. Craig David) (Erick Morillo, Harry Choo Choo Romero & José Nunez Mix)
When Magic Johnson returned to the NBA HIV-positive, and there was opposition to his inclusion in the league, because of his health status, Seikaly challenged him to a game of one-on-one to show everyone that HIV is not contagious by touch.
Seikaly is involved in many charities, such as the Miami Heat's Corporate Education and "Shoot for the Stars" programs. He founded the Rony Seikaly Golf Tournament to benefit cystic fibrosis research.
Revenues from the sale of his 2012 album Nervous Nitelife Presents Rony Seikaly went to the Children's Department at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Foundation in Miami.
- Athlitiki Echo (Greek newspaper) Digital Historical Archive, 9 June 1986, page 2.
- Athlitikihxo.gr (Digital Archive run with DjVu viewer).
- "1989–90 Hoops #243 – Rony Seikaly RC (Rookie Card)". Hoops. NBA Properties, Inc. 1989. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- "1990-91 Hoops #169B – Rony Seikaly". Hoops. NBA Properties, Inc. 1990. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- Encyclopedia.com: Roni Seikaly (Lebanese / Lebanon's Ex-NBA player).
- Bleacherreport.com The Top 10 Scorers in Miami Heat History.
- ACB.com Spanish League Profile (Spanish)
- Euroleague.net - Rony Seikaly page
- 1986 USA Basketball statistics.
- Michael Picard (July 31, 2012). "Rony Seikaly: The Spin Doctor". Huffington Post. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- Lesire Lab.com: Interview with Rony Seikaly (27 June 2012)
- NBA.com Historical Player File
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com