Rony Seikaly

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Rony Seikaly
روني ﺼيقلي
No. 4, 9, 2
Center
Personal information
Born (1965-05-10) May 10, 1965 (age 49)
Beirut, Lebanon
Nationality American / Lebanese
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school American School (Athens, Greece)
College Syracuse (1984–1988)
NBA draft 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Pro career 1988–2000
Career history
19881994 Miami Heat
19941996 Golden State Warriors
19961998 Orlando Magic
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.

Early life[edit]

Seikaly was born in Beirut, Lebanon. As a young 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.

After being scouted by Panathinaikos player Takis Koroneos, Seikaly was selected to join Panathinaikos' men's senior team, and played with them in a tournament in Cyprus in 1984. However, because he did not have Greek citizenship at the time, he could not register with them to play in the Greek Basket League, as the league did not permit foreign players at the time. Seikaly continued to train with the club's youth teams.

Despite being raised in Greece, and being eligible for Greek citizenship, as a contributor to Greek society as a prospective member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team, Seikaly was unable to attain Greek citizenship. This was because while he was waiting to attain his Greek citizenship, after the head of the Hellenic Basketball Federation, George Vassilakopoulos, had officially applied for his status in 1984, Thanasis Tsouras, the then head of the Greek State Department, stated that Seikaly would have to wait his turn to get citizenship, behind over a thousand other qualified applicants that were ahead of him. Seikaly unfortunately was not in a position to wait, because he had to accept his scholarship offer to play college basketball in the United States at the University of Syracuse, and so he left without attaining his Greek citizenship.[1]

Seikaly would later go on to become a naturalized American citizen and play with Team USA at the 1986 FIBA World Championship.[2] However, he later returned to train with and support Lebanese national team at the 1998 West Asian Basketball Torunament, and celebrate along with them when they won the tournament's gold medal.

College Basketball Career[edit]

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,[3] 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.[3] He graduated from Syracuse as the school's all-time leading rebounder,[3] 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.[3] 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.

NBA career[edit]

Miami Heat[edit]

Seikaly was taken by the expansion team Miami Heat with the 9th pick in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft, the franchise's first ever college draft pick.[3] The rookie center quickly emerged not only as a pivotal player within the team, but also among the league's top young centers, averaging 10.9 points a game and 7 rebounds in his first season with a Heat team that failed to make the playoffs. [4] In his second season, he led the Heat in points (16.6), rebounds (10.4) and blocks (1.7) while placing sixth in the league in rebounding. [4] At the conclusion of the season he was awarded the 1990 NBA Most Improved Player Award.

In the 1990-1991 season, Seikaly increased his rebounding average to 11.1 boards a game while maintaining his 16 points per game average, and while the Heat could not muster up a playoff berth they had by then acquired other young players to serve as scoring options such as Glen Rice and Steve Smith. In the 1991-1992 season, Seikaly again averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds (6th in the league) and the Heat bolstered by his play and Rice's scoring led the team to 38 wins and the first playoff berth for the franchise. Despite the breakthrough, Miami was no match for the defending champion Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan, who swept the Heat in three games. For the series Seikaly averaged 19.1 points with 9.2 rebounds against the Bulls.

Seikaly increased his scoring to 17.3 and once again averaged 11.8 rebounds a game (8th in the league) during the 1992-1993 season, but Miami could not improve on its previous season and missed the playoffs. He did manage to win a player of the week award for the week of March 7th. The following season featured increased scoring by Rice and Smith, and Seikaly averaged 15.1 points a game for third on the team while leading the team in rebounds with 10.3 boards a game. The Heat won 42 games, good enough to make the playoffs. Facing off against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, Miami managed to win its first ever playoff series, but lost to the first seeded Hawks in 5 games.

Seikaly's career with Miami saw him setting numerous team records, including blocks (8), rebounds (34) and double doubles. During his run with the Heat, he had the nickname "The Spin Doctor", due to his trademark low-post spin moves.[5] On November 2, 1994 Seikaly was traded to the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State Warriors[edit]

Seikaly only played in 36 games during the 1994-1995 season but started in all but one of those appearances averaging 12 points and 7 rebounds per game for the lottery bound Warriors. He would go on to start in 60 of 64 games in the 1995-1996 season, averaging 12 points and 7.8 rebounds but the Warriors once again could not reach the post-season. In November of 1996 he was once again traded, this time to the Orlando Magic.

Orlando Magic[edit]

The Magic had been a dominant Eastern Conference team but lost superstar center Shaquille O'Neal, and Seikaly was brought in to fill the void. Despite playing alongside other veteran scoring options such as Horace Grant, Nick Anderson and Dennis Scott, Seikaly boosted his scoring to 17.3 points a game for second on the team behind all-star Anfernee Hardaway, and led the team in rebounds per game (9.5) and blocks (1.4). The Magic 45 games and entered the playoffs as the 7th seed in the conference, facing off against Seikaly's old team in Miami who now featured all-star center Alonzo Mourning. Despite taking a 2-0 lead in Miami, the Magic responded with two wins at home to tie the series at 2 games apiece, but injuries forced Seikaly's out of the 4th and deciding 5th game in which the Heat won to advance.

Seikaly would start in 47 games to start the 1997-1998 season, but in February he was traded to the New Jersey Nets. He averaged 16 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in his stint in Orlando.

New Jersey Nets and Retirement[edit]

Following his arrival in New Jersey, Seikaly only played in 9 games to finish the 1998 season, and would only play in 9 games of the lockout shortened 1998-1999 season before retiring from the league. He holds NBA career averages of 14.7 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, and 1.29 blocks per game.

Records and accolades[edit]

[6]

  • 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

International career[edit]

His last year professionally was as an international player with FC Barcelona Bàsquet in the Liga ACB, the professional Spanish basketball league.[7][8]

USA national basketball team[edit]

Seikaly played for the US national basketball team at the 1986 FIBA World Championship, and with the US team he won the gold medal.[9]

Music career[edit]

Rony Seikaly
Birth name Ronald Seikaly
Born (1965-05-10) 10 May 1965 (age 49)
Origin Lebanon
Genres House music, deep house, tech house and techno
Occupations DJ / Music producer
Years active 2010-present
Labels Subliminal Records, Nervous Records
Associated acts Jean Claude Ades, Polina, Erick Morillo
Website ronyseikaly.com

Seikaly, an avid lover of music, had been DJing on and off since the age of 14. After retiring from basketball, he developed a musical career as a professional DJ and as a music producer.[10] "Sports will always be my love. But music will always be my passion," he said.[11] He also had his own studio in Florida. Seikaly has been producing and working in the genres of house, deep house, tech house and techno.[citation needed] He has played in major clubs in Ibiza, Atlantic City, New York, and Miami.[10]

He has released two EPs, House Calls in 2010 and East West EP in 2012.[12] In 2012, he released a full mix album titled Nervous Nitelife Presents Rony Seikaly[13] and singles released on Nervous Records, Subliminal Records and many more.

He has his own radio show on Sirius/XM Electric Area called SugarFree which airs every Saturday and Monday.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title details Tracklist
Nervous Nitelife Presents Rony Seikaly
  1. Released: June 5, 2012
  2. Record label: Nervous Inc.
  1. "Mood That I Love" (Rony Seikaly & Jean Claude Ades Remix) (5:56)
  2. "Can't Decide" (Fabo feat. Angela Sheik) [Original Mix] (5:13)
  3. "The Playa" (Original Mix) (6:25)
  4. "Miami Vice" (Lazaro Casanova feat. Amy Douglas) [Julien Sandre Mix] (5:53)
  5. "Bring It On (Original Mix) (4:35)
  6. "Build Up the Volume" (Original Mix) (4:19)
  7. "You Can Feel It" (Original Mix) (6:05)
  8. "Future Lately (Saarid feat. Javi Silva) [Walker & Royce Remix] (5:04)
  9. "Desert Night" (Original Mix) (5:03)
  10. "Illusion" (Original Mix) (5:48)
  11. "Watergate" (CamelPhat Instrumental) (5:09)
  12. "Maro" (Original Mix) (5:17)
  13. "Empty Days" (Original Mix) (4:16)
  14. "Bourgie Bourgie" (John Davis & The Monster Orchestra - Catz 'n Dogz Remix) (5:24)
  15. "Nervous Nitelife: Rony Seikaly" (Continuous Mix) (1:14)

EPs[edit]

Title details Tracklist
Subiminal Essentials Presents House Calls EP
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Subliminal Records
  1. "Ignition" (Original Mix) (6:30)
  2. "Close Your Eyes" (Original Mix) (6:28)
  3. "Session 13" (Original Mix) (6:46)
  4. "Sensations" (Original Mix) (8:11)
  5. "Carry the Light" (Rony Seikaly feat. Polina) [Original Mix] (8:26)
East West EP
  • Credited to: Jean Claude Ades & Rony Seikaly
  • Released: 2012
  • Record label: Swings Records
  1. "Oh Yeah"
  2. "Perfect Match"
  3. "Mood That I Love"
Funk the Monk / MILF
  • Released: August 13, 2012
  • Label: Juicy Music
  1. "Funk the Monk" (6:36)
  2. "MILF" (7:50)
  3. "MILF" (Robbie Rivera Remix) (6:21)

Songs[edit]

  • 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)

Featured[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Seikaly owns and runs a multi-million dollar real estate investment company;[10] he is also an investor in the South Beach, Miami restaurants Quattro, Sosta, Solea, and Club Wall.

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.

He was formerly married to Mexican model Elsa Benítez, the 2001 and 2006 cover girl for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. They divorced in 2005; they have a daughter, Mila.

Charity

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.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Basketball
Music