Matt Geiger

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Matt Geiger
Personal information
Born (1969-09-10) September 10, 1969 (age 48)
Salem, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school Countryside (Clearwater, Florida)
NBA draft 1992 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Playing career 1992–2001
Position Center
Number 52
Career history
19921995 Miami Heat
19951998 Charlotte Hornets
19992001 Philadelphia 76ers
Career NBA statistics
Points 5,059 (9.2 ppg)
Rebounds 3,158 (5.7 rpg)
Stats at

Matthew Allen Geiger (born September 10, 1969) is a retired National Basketball Association player who played at the center position.

Collegiate career[edit]

Geiger played for Countryside High School in Clearwater, Florida and was recruited to play college basketball at Auburn University. He played with Auburn before transferring to Georgia Tech for more playing time.

NBA career[edit]

His successful college career led Geiger to be selected by the Miami Heat in the second round (42nd pick overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft. He played in the NBA for 10 seasons from 1992–2002 with 3 teams: Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, and Philadelphia 76ers.[1]

In the summer of 2000, Matt Geiger's refusal to waive a $5 million trade kicker clause in his contract stopped a four-team deal between Philadelphia, the Hornets, the Detroit Pistons and the L.A. Lakers that would have sent All-Star player Allen Iverson to the Pistons.[2] He was suspended for 2 games during the 2000-01 season for a violation of the NBA/NBPA's steroid policy.[3]

Geiger signed a contract in 2001 with the Philadelphia 76ers but knee injuries forced him to retire in 2002 after a ten year career. For his career, he averaged 9.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Personal life[edit]

Geiger currently resides in Tarpon Springs, Florida where he is a real estate investor. His 28,000-square-foot (2,600 m2) estate, reported as the largest in the county,[4] sold on January 3, 2011 for 8 million dollars. The estate was originally listed for 20 million dollars and was on the market for four years.[5]The Punisher used this home as the residence of John Travolta's character Mr. Saint.[citation needed]

In January 1992, during Geiger's senior year at Georgia Tech, his fraternal twin Mark Geiger was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease at the age of 22.[6] Because his brother lost his hair during chemotherapy, Matt Geiger shaved his head during his NBA career in support of his brother.[7]