John Salley

John Thomas Salley (born May 16, 1964) is an American retired professional basketball player, and talk show host. He was the first player in NBA history to win championships with three franchises, as well as the first player (and only one of two, the other being Tim Duncan) in the NBA to win a championship in three decades.

After being drafted in the first round out of Georgia Tech in 1986, the 6'11 (2.11 m) Salley played both power forward and center for the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Panathinaikos and Los Angeles Lakers. He was a long-time host of the former Fox Sports Net show The Best Damn Sports Show Period. He is a vegan activist, chef, and wellness entrepreneur.[1][2]

John Salley
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Salley in 2007
Personal information
BornMay 16, 1964 (age 55)
Brooklyn, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolCanarsie (Brooklyn, New York)
CollegeGeorgia Tech (1982–1986)
NBA draft1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1986–2000
PositionPower forward / Center
Number22, 16
Career history
19861992Detroit Pistons
19921995Miami Heat
1995–1996Toronto Raptors
1996Chicago Bulls
1996Panathinaikos
1999–2000Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points5,228 (7.0 ppg)
Rebounds3,356 (4.5 rpg)
Blocks983 (1.3 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early life

Salley was born in Brooklyn, New York. Salley played high school ball at Canarsie High School in Brooklyn.[3] He is a 1988 graduate of Georgia Tech's College of Management.[4] He holds Georgia Tech's personal fouls record, and has had his jersey number 22 retired—a very rare honor in college basketball.[5]

Basketball career

Detroit Pistons

Salley was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 1986 NBA draft out of Georgia Tech. After joining the Pistons, he became close friends with Adrian Dantley, who taught him proper nutrition, how to exercise, and how to conduct himself off the court. Salley, for his part, called Dantley "The Teacher". Salley would become good friends with comedian Eddie Murphy and made several appearances at comedy clubs in the off-season. In 1989 and 1990, he played on two Pistons NBA championship teams. He is among the Pistons' all-time leaders in blocked shots.

Under the coaching of Chuck Daly, Salley was part of the Pistons era that featured three consecutive NBA finals appearances. The team's defense oriented style of play earned them the nickname of the NBA's "Bad Boys", with Salley playing alongside Dennis Rodman, Bill Laimbeer, James Edwards, Joe Dumars, Isiah Thomas, Rick Mahorn and Dantley. After losing the 1988 NBA Finals in 7 games to the Lakers, the Pistons turned it around to sweep the Lakers in 4 games in 1989. Salley and the Pistons repeated in 1990 defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in 5 games. The Pistons' run came to an end when the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls swept them in 4 games in the 1991 Eastern Conference finals.

Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors

Salley was traded to the Miami Heat in 1992 and, a few years after that was left unprotected by Miami in the 1995 NBA expansion draft where he got picked up by the inaugural Toronto Raptors team.

In February 1996, he got waived by the club and negotiated a buyout of his contract thus ending his stint with the Raptors during which he averaged 19.3 minutes and 6 points per game.

Chicago Bulls

Free of his Raptors contract, in early March 1996, Salley signed a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls, where he played with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoč, and former Pistons teammates Dennis Rodman and James Edwards. Following another 10-day contract right after the first one ended, the Bulls signed Salley as a free agent and he spent the rest of the season with the team. The 1995-96 Bulls achieved a record-breaking 72-win season, the best-ever regular season record at the time, later surpassed by the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors at 73-9, and ended with a victory in the NBA championship. After the championship, Salley retired.

One month with Panathinaikos

In September 1996, thirty-two-year-old Salley came out of what turned out to be only a three-month retirement and went to play in Greece, where he joined the Greek Basket League team Panathinaikos, signing a one-year US$1 million contract.[6] Before accepting the offer from the Božidar Maljković-coached Panathinaikos, Salley reportedly consulted with recent Bulls teammate Toni Kukoč who knew Maljković well having spent four trophy-laden seasons anchoring his late 1980s KK Split teams.[7]

Salley made his Panathinaikos debut on 25 September 1996 in EuroLeague away at FC Barcelona, a 77-58 loss during which he scored 5 points before fouling out in only 12 minutes of action.[7] Right away, Salley got on the bad side of coach Maljković who refused to modify his disciplinarian approach in order to accommodate a veteran player with a notable NBA career behind him.[7] Though Salley's performances somewhat improved over the following three EuroLeague outings — 10 points in a home loss versus ASVEL, 9 points and 11 rebounds in a blowout home win versus KK Split, and 21 points and 8 rebounds in a win away at minnows Bayer Leverkusen — as he seemingly adjusted to European referees and managed to stay out of foul trouble, he continued to butt heads with coach Maljković. After flying back to Athens with the team the morning after the Leverkusen game, Salley refused to go to practice and as a result, got dropped by Maljković for their Greek League game the following day.[8] He then flew back to the United States for meetings with TV executives over a new talk show he had been planning to host for Disney, returning to Athens an hour before the club's Greek Cup game versus P.A.O.K. on 22 October 1996 — a trip that included Salley renting a private Lear jet in Paris for US$20,000 out of his own pocket in order to make it back to Athens in time for the game after having his connecting flight delayed and then even renting a helicopter once he landed at Athens' Ellinikon Airport to take him right to Panathinaikos' OACA Hall in the city's Marousi neighbourhood.[8] However, Maljković still refused to include him in the lineup and in response, Salley decided to leave Panathinaikos unilaterally two days later after only a month at the club.

He appeared in 7 games for Panathinaikos and ended up getting paid about €300,000.[7]

Los Angeles Lakers

In 1999, Salley joined a Lakers team led by superstars Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant and also reunited with his former Bulls coach, Phil Jackson. He saw little action for the Lakers en route to their first of three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. In 2000, he retired again following the first Lakers championship season after proudly proclaiming that he had won "four championship rings, with three different teams, in three different decades and two different millenniums".[9] 14 years later, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs would become the second player to achieve this record, leading his Spurs to 5 championships between 1999 and 2014.

Post-basketball career

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Salley in 2008

John Salley had a role in Bad Boys and Bad Boys II as a thick-glassed computer hacking nerd who gets out of jail because he helps crack files for the Miami Police Department. In 1996, Salley appeared as a veteran basketball player alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the film Eddie, about a fan who takes over as coach of the New York Knicks.

In the fall of 1998, Salley hosted the game show I Can't Believe You Said That, which aired on the Fox Family Channel. During that time, he also guest-starred as a panelist on Hollywood Squares.

In 2001, he made an appearance in the Luther Vandross music video, "Take You Out". He also appeared on a celebrity episode of Weakest Link that same year and was voted off in the first round.

In 2003, Salley appeared in the Showtime TV film Coast to Coast alongside actress Selma Blair.

In 2004, he was part of the panel of celebrity judges in the TBS Superstation show He's a Lady.

In 2005, he appeared in the television series Noah's Arc as Victor.

In 2006, Salley was named the Commissioner of the American Basketball Association.

In 2007, Salley appeared in the ABC reality television series Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, featuring a dozen celebrities in a stock car racing competition. In the first round of competition, Salley matched up against professional wrestler John Cena and tennis star Serena Williams. Salley also became the host of the BET show Ballers.

Salley joined the cast of the reality competition show I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!, which premiered on June 1, 2009.[10] He came in third place behind winner Lou Diamond Phillips and runner-up Torrie Wilson.

He also appeared in the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic in 2009 as a member of the shopaholic help group (playing a retired NBA player) and had a bit role as a pimp in the blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite.[11]

He was one of the hosts of The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports Network. Salley hosted The John Salley Block Party, a radio morning show on Los Angeles station 100.3 The Beat from 2005 - 2006.

For a short time, Salley provided analysis for NBC's NBA Showtime.

Salley appeared in the Disney Channel original movie, The Ultimate Christmas Present, as a tall elf.

In 2018, Salley appeared in the Netflix original movie, Nappily Ever After, starring Sanaa Lathan.

Salley hosted a podcast on Adam Carolla's ACE Broadcasting Network with sportswriter Kevin Hench entitled Spider and the Henchman.[12] The show was canceled on March 18, 2011.

Salley has also hosted VH1's Basketball Wives (2010-2012) & Basketball Wives LA (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015) Reunion Specials.[13]

In 2012, he appeared as a celebrity judge on RuPaul's Drag Race (season 4, episode 2).

On an episode of Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker ("The NFL Kicker and the Workaholic", aired March 12, 2013), he acted as a consultant to Patti Stanger to help one of her clients (an ex-NFL player) become less of a "playa" and find a woman to settle down with.

Vegan Activism & Wellness Career

Salley is a vegan activist and has appeared on PETA's testimonial videos,[14] as well as in promoting alternatives to practices of massive factory farming.[15]

Salley is also noted for speaking at Michigan's Vegfest since 2009 and appearing on VegMichigan's billboard campaign. He also appeared before the U.S. Congress to advocate for vegetarian options to be served in public schools in Nov ’09 and May ’10 as part of the Child Nutrition Act discussions.[16]

On May 4, 2010, it was announced that Salley had joined the Simply Raw team. The group of individuals who produced the documentary Raw for 30 had approached Salley with their video about reversing diabetes, and "it instantly got his attention" since his father had the disease.[17]

Salley teamed up with Farm Sanctuary in 2010 to host their New York City Walk for Farm Animals on Sunday, October 24, 2010.[18]

In June 2012 Salley became the official spokesperson for a natural supplements line called VirMax that is developed by Natural Product Solutions, LLC.[19]

In December 2015, Salley encouraged US First Lady Michelle Obama to go vegan "for the planet" - setting a lifestyle example of reducing environmental impacts from greenhouse gas release.[20][21]

"Vegan eating is not just a slam dunk for human health; it's also the most effective way to combat climate change." ~ John Salley

Salley is an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry, launching his own cannabis brand Deuces22 and taking an ownership stake in the cannabis testing company GreenSpace Labs.[22] Salley is also and advisory board member with cannabis social networking platform BudTrader.

Salley is an ambassador for Operation Smile.

Personal life

Salley married Natasha Duffy in 1993,[23] and they have 2 children together. John also has a daughter from a previous relationship. John Salley is a member of Omega Psi Phi initiated through Nu Omega Chapter in Detroit Michigan.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Salley won an NBA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1986–87 Detroit 82 2 17.8 .562 .000 .614 3.6 0.7 0.5 1.5 5.3
1987–88 Detroit 82 16 24.4 .566 .709 4.9 1.4 0.6 1.7 8.5
1988–89 Detroit 67 21 21.8 .498 .000 .692 5.0 1.1 0.6 1.1 7.0
1989–90 Detroit 82 12 23.3 .512 .250 .713 5.4 0.8 0.6 1.9 7.2
1990–91 Detroit 74 1 22.3 .475 .000 .727 4.4 0.9 0.7 1.5 7.4
1991–92 Detroit 72 38 24.6 .512 .000 .715 4.1 1.6 0.7 1.5 9.5
1992–93 Miami 51 34 27.9 .502 .799 6.1 1.6 0.6 1.4 8.3
1993–94 Miami 76 45 25.1 .477 .667 .729 5.4 1.8 0.7 1.0 7.7
1994–95 Miami 75 50 26.1 .499 .739 4.5 1.6 0.6 1.1 7.3
1995–96 Toronto 25 6 19.3 .486 .723 3.9 1.6 0.4 0.5 6.0
1995–96 Chicago 17 0 11.2 .343 .600 2.5 0.9 0.5 0.9 2.1
1999–00 L.A. Lakers 45 3 6.7 .362 .750 1.4 0.6 0.2 0.3 1.6
Career 748 228 22.1 .506 .214 .714 4.5 1.2 0.6 1.3 7.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1987 Detroit 15 0 20.7 .500 .643 4.8 0.7 0.2 1.1 6.2
1988 Detroit 23 0 27.1 .538 .000 .710 6.7 0.9 0.7 1.6 7.0
1989 Detroit 17 0 23.1 .586 .667 4.6 0.5 0.5 1.5 8.9
1990 Detroit 20 0 27.4 .475 .755 5.9 1.0 0.5 1.7 9.5
1991 Detroit 15 0 20.5 .543 .600 4.1 0.7 0.4 1.3 7.5
1992 Detroit 5 1 29.8 .455 .000 .821 6.0 2.8 0.6 2.8 12.6
1994 Miami 5 5 40.2 .386 .688 8.0 1.6 0.4 1.0 11.0
1996 Chicago 16 0 5.3 .545 .286 0.7 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.9
2000 L.A. Lakers 18 0 4.3 .385 .700 1.2 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.9
Career 134 6 20.1 .505 .000 .690 4.4 0.8 0.4 1.2 6.4

See also

References

  1. ^ Ogilvie, By Jessica P. "Former NBA star John Salley touts the vegan life". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  2. ^ "NBA Star Turned Vegan Gourmet Shares Healthy Dishes". The Doctors. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  3. ^ Anderson, Dave. " Sports of The Times; City Teen-Agers Hold A Calm Garden Party", The New York Times, March 19, 1995. Accessed October 10, 2007.
  4. ^ Leigh Montville. "Holy Cow, What Digs!". Sports Illustrated. November 6, 1989. Retrieved on January 9, 2010.
  5. ^ The retiring of players' jerseys is not uncommon in college basketball, but retirement of numbers is far more rare. The main reason is that far fewer numbers are available for use by college teams than in the NBA. NCAA rules, unlike those of the NBA, prohibit the use of any digits greater than five in player numbers. Georgia Tech has not only retired Salley's number 22, but also the number 25 worn by Salley's teammate Mark Price, the number 15 worn by current NBA player Matt Harpring, the number 20 worn by former NBA player Tom Hammonds, and the numbers 21 and 40 worn by Roger Kaiser and Rich Yunkus, respectively.
  6. ^ Wolff, Alexander (19 May 1997). "NO LONGER LA DOLCE VITA". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Ο μήνας της "αράχνης" ‹See Tfd›(in Greek).
  8. ^ a b Thomsen, Ian (26 October 1996). "Retirement Follows Pay Disputes With His Greek Team : Ex-NBA Star Salley Calls It Quits". New York Times. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  9. ^ "John Salley Trivia & Quotes". TV.com. 1993-07-31. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  10. ^ "I'm a Celebrity Cast Announced; Blagojevich Inexplicably Still Involved". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  11. ^ "Film Review: Black Dynamite". Archived from the original on January 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  12. ^ Spider and the Henchman Archived January 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Sneak Peek Basketball Wives L.A Finale Reunion Airs Right After!". vh1insider.com. Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2012-12-06.
  14. ^ "I am an athlete and I am a vegan", Featured Veggie Testimonial, PETA, Accessed July 4, 2008.
  15. ^ "John Salley on Animals as Food". YouTube. 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  16. ^ Yingling, Jennifer (2009-11-16). "Four-time NBA champ to lobby Congress". TheHill. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  17. ^ http://www.rawfor30days.com/blog/?p=83
  18. ^ "New York City Teams Up with NBA Champion John Salley for the 2010 Walk for Farm Animals". Farmsanctuary.org. 2010-10-08. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2013-02-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ NBA Player Challenges Michelle Obama To Go Vegan, Ecorazzi.com
  21. ^ NBA Champ Challenges FLOTUS to Take PETA’s Vegan Pledge, December 29, 2015
  22. ^ "GreenSpace Labs partners with 4-time NBA champion and cannabis reform advocate, John Salley; launches the GreenLite mobile pesticide screening device" (Press release). PR Newswire. February 20, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  23. ^ "WEDDINGS; Natasha Ann Duff, John Salley". Retrieved 2018-06-25.

External links

1986 NBA draft

The 1986 NBA draft was held on June 17, 1986.

1986–87 Detroit Pistons season

The 1986-87 NBA season was the Pistons' 39th season in the NBA and 30th season in the city of Detroit.After drafting John Salley and Dennis Rodman, the team earned the nickname "Bad Boys" because of their physical style of play.

1991–92 Detroit Pistons season

The 1991–92 NBA season was the Pistons' 44th season in the National Basketball Association, and 35th season in the city of Detroit. During the offseason, the Pistons acquired Orlando Woolridge from the Denver Nuggets. The Pistons got off to a slow start with a 9–13 record, but managed to win 10 of their next 13 games. They won seven consecutive games in March, then won six in a row in April, finishing third in the Central Division with a 48–34 record. Three members of the team, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman were all selected for the 1992 NBA All-Star Game. Despite leading the league with an incredible 18.7 rebounds per game, Rodman fell short of his quest for a third straight Defensive Player of The Year award. Throughout the season, speculation that it was Chuck Daly's last season as coach of the Pistons lingered in the media, intensifying as the season went out and well into the playoffs.As the “Bad Boys” era was fading, they were eliminated in five games in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Knicks. The Pistons would not return to the playoffs until 1996. Following the season, Chuck Daly left to coach the New Jersey Nets, and John Salley was traded to the Miami Heat. Meanwhile, the Bulls-Pistons rivalry took another ugly turn as Thomas was left off the Dream Team coached by Daly, reportedly at the request of Michael Jordan.

1995 NBA expansion draft

The 1995 NBA Expansion Draft was the tenth expansion draft in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on June 24, 1995, so that the newly founded Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies could acquire players for the upcoming 1995–96 season. Toronto was awarded an expansion team on September 30, 1993, while Vancouver was awarded the league's 29th franchise on April 27, 1994. They were the first NBA teams based in Canada since the 1946–47 season Toronto Huskies.In an NBA expansion draft, new NBA teams are allowed to acquire players from the previously established teams in the league. Not all players on a given team are available during an expansion draft, since each team can protect a certain number of players from being selected. In this draft, each of the twenty-seven other NBA teams had protected eight players from their roster, and the Raptors and the Grizzlies selected fourteen and thirteen unprotected players respectively, one from each team.

Prior to the draft, the league conducted a coin flip between the Raptors and the Grizzlies to decide their draft order in this expansion draft and in the 1995 NBA draft. The Grizzlies won the coin flip and chose to have the higher pick in the 1995 Draft, allowing the Raptors to receive the first selection and the right to select fourteen players in the expansion draft.The Raptors were formed and owned by a group headed by Toronto businessman John Bitove. Brendan Malone was hired as the franchise's first head coach. The Raptors used their first pick to select three-time NBA champion B. J. Armstrong from the Chicago Bulls. However, Armstrong refused to report for training and was traded to the Golden State Warriors for five other players. The Raptors' other selections included four-time NBA champion John Salley and six other former first-round picks, Doug Smith, Willie Anderson, Ed Pinckney, Acie Earl, B. J. Tyler and Oliver Miller. Seven players from the expansion draft joined the Raptors for their inaugural season, but only Miller, Earl and Žan Tabak played more than one season for the team. Tabak and Andrés Guibert were the only international players in the draft.

The Grizzlies were formed and owned by Vancouver sports magnate Arthur Griffiths. Former Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Brian Winters was hired as the franchise's first head coach. The Grizzlies used their first pick to select former first-round pick Greg Anthony from the New York Knicks. The Grizzlies' other selections included three-time NBA champion Byron Scott and three other former first-round picks, Benoit Benjamin, Doug Edwards and Blue Edwards. On draft day, the Grizzlies acquired a second-round draft pick from the Orlando Magic in exchange for selecting Rodney Dent, who had never played in the NBA. Eight players from the expansion draft joined the Grizzlies for their inaugural season, but only Anthony and Blue Edwards played more than one season for the team.

2008–09 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team

The 2008–09 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team played basketball for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. In 2007-08, they went 11-10 (4-4 ACC). Georgia Institute of Technology's basketball program is one of the most popular and successful college basketball programs in the nation. The Yellow Jackets have been to 2 NCAA Final Fours and have won 3 ACC Championships in the past 25 years. The program is most well known for its famous alumni, such as Chris Bosh, Stephon Marbury, Kenny Anderson, John Salley, Mark Price, and Jarrett Jack. Bobby Cremins built the Georgia Tech basketball program from the basement up and passed the torch to current head coach Paul Hewitt. Hewitt's teams feed off pressure defense and fast-paced transition offenses.

Bad Boys II

Bad Boys II is a 2003 American action comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. The sequel to the 1995 film Bad Boys and the second installment in the Bad Boys series, the film follows detectives Burnett and Lowrey investigating the flow of illegal drugs going into Miami. The film grossed $273 million worldwide.

Bruce Dalrymple

Henry Van "Bruce" Dalrymple (born April 21, 1964) is an American former basketball player best known for his college career at Georgia Tech. He was a second round pick in the 1987 NBA draft.

Dalrymple was born in Manhattan, but attended prep school St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on a basketball scholarship. While there, he led the school to its first state championship as a junior, then a runner-up finish as a senior. Dalrymple was named a McDonald’s and Parade high school All-American.Dalrymple chose Georgia Tech, coached by fellow New Yorker Bobby Cremins. He joined future National Basketball Association (NBA) players Mark Price, John Salley and Yvon Joseph in the starting lineup as a freshman, averaging 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game and was named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year.In Dalrymple’s sophomore season, the Yellow Jackets added Duane Ferrell and the team won both the ACC regular season and tournament championships, finishing the season 27–8 after losing to Georgetown in the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament. The next season, Dalrymple was featured with senior backcourt partner Price on the cover of Sports Illustrated as Georgia Tech was the magazine’s preseason number one. The team went 27–7 and made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the 1986 NCAA Tournament.

After the close of his Yellow Jackets career, Dalrymple was drafted in the second round (46th pick) of the 1987 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. Considered a tweener (seen as too small to play as a forward but without the shooting ability to play shooting guard in the NBA), he did not make the Suns’ final roster. He played briefly with the Rockford Lightning in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) during the 1987–88 season, before retiring from professional basketball.

Bulls–Pistons rivalry

The Bulls–Pistons rivalry is an NBA rivalry between the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons. The rivalry began in the late 1980s and was one of the most intense in NBA history for a couple of years, when Michael Jordan evolved into one of the league's best players and the Pistons became a playoff contender. They represent the two largest metro areas in the Midwest and are only separated by a 280-mile stretch of road, mostly covered by I-94.

He's a Lady

He's a Lady was an American reality television show that aired on TBS from October 19 to November 16, 2004. The premise of the show involves eleven men accepting an invitation to be a part of a reality show, under the guise that it will be the ultimate male competition. It is eventually revealed that the contestants will have to live, act and dress like their wives or girlfriends in order to win $250,000. The show's name is a parody of Tom Jones's 1971 hit song, "She's a Lady".

The show is hosted by Tony Frassrand, and produced by Evolution Film & Tape, Inc. and Full Circle Entertainment.

I Can't Believe You Said That

I Can't Believe You Said That! was the title of a game show that aired from August 1998 to early 1999 on Fox Family Channel with a companion series, Outrageous, and was a charter original series of the relaunched network. The show was hosted by former NBA player John Salley and was produced by Marc Summers, who also handled announcing duties, partnered with longtime game show producer and friend David M. Greenfield, for Stone Stanley Entertainment. A remake of the 1967 series The Family Game, the premise of the show was to have a family tell the presenters embarrassing stories about each other's lives and then have members of the family guess who told the story.

KKLQ (FM)

KKLQ (100.3 MHz, Positive, Encouraging 100.3) is a non-commercial FM radio station owned by Educational Media Foundation and carries the contemporary Christian music format of its nationally syndicated network K-Love throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Licensed to Los Angeles, California, KKLQ's transmitter is located atop Mount Wilson and has a booster in Santa Clarita, KKLQ-FM2 at 100.3 MHz, to extend its coverage into the Santa Clarita Valley and other areas north of Los Angeles.

From 2008 through 2017, the station broadcast a classic rock format (though it initially aired an adult album alternative format) under the brand 100.3 The Sound as KSWD. In 2017, station owner Entercom announced its merger with CBS Radio. In order to satisfy U.S. Federal Communications Commission ownership caps, Entercom retained CBS Radio's pre-existing L.A. cluster but divested KSWD to EMF, who assumed control of the station on November 16, 2017 and flipped it to K-Love programming. The former broadcast studios of The Sound were located on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles.

KKLQ is not affiliated with KLVE, a Spanish-language radio station which has used the name "K-Love" in the Los Angeles market continuously since 1974 and holds the trademark locally. Prior to assuming control of KKLQ, EMF reached an agreement with Univision Radio, owner of KLVE, that allows KKLQ to use the K-Love brand on-air yet requires the station to differentiate itself in its marketing efforts.

Kelly Monaco

Kelly Marie Monaco (born May 23, 1976) is an American model, actress, and reality television personality, best known for her portrayal of Sam McCall on the ABC soap opera General Hospital and as the first season winner of the reality TV competition series Dancing with the Stars. Monaco was also Playboy "Playmate of the Month" for April 1997, and portrayed Livvie Locke on the soap opera Port Charles from 1997 through 2003.

Kevin Hench

Kevin Hench is an American screenwriter, television producer, television writer and columnist for Foxsports.com.

Hench is a frequent collaborator with comedian Adam Carolla, having co-written and co-produced the 2007 film The Hammer and two network TV pilots starring Carolla. Hench was also a producer on Carolla's series The Man Show and Too Late with Adam Carolla. With retired NBA player John Salley, Hench hosted a podcast called Spider and the Henchman for Carolla's ACE Broadcasting Network.

Hench appears regularly on the NPR sports show Only A Game. He has also appeared on the ESPN show Jim Rome Is Burning.

Hench is an alumnus of the University of Vermont. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Heather Juergensen.

List of NBA players with most championships

This is a list of NBA players with most championships won as a player. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a major professional basketball league in North America. It was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The league adopted its current name at the start of the 1949–50 season when it merged with the National Basketball League (NBL). The NBA Finals is the championship series for the NBA and the conclusion of the sport's postseason. The winning team of the series receives the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. Players from the winning team usually receive championship rings from the team honoring their contribution. However, in some rare occasion, the teams opted to give other commemorative items, such as wrist watches, instead of rings. The number of championships won by NBA superstars is often used as a measurement of their greatness.Boston Celtics center Bill Russell holds the record for the most NBA championships won with 11 titles during his 13-year playing career. He won his first championship with the Boston Celtics in his rookie year. Afterwards, he went on to win ten championships in the next 12 years, including eight consecutive championships from 1959 to 1966. He won the last two championships in 1968 and 1969 as player-coach. Russell's teammate, Sam Jones, won ten championships from 1959 to 1969, the second most in NBA history. Four Celtics players, Tom Heinsohn, K. C. Jones, Satch Sanders and John Havlicek, won eight championships each. Two other Celtics, Jim Loscutoff and Frank Ramsey, won seven championships each. Four players, Bob Cousy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, won six championships each. Jordan and Pippen are members of the Chicago Bulls team who won three consecutive championships twice in the 1990s. George Mikan won two championships in the NBL before it merged with the BAA to form the NBA, and won five championships in the NBA.

Robert Horry and John Salley are the only players to have won championships with three teams. Horry won seven championships: two with the Houston Rockets, three with the Los Angeles Lakers and another two with San Antonio Spurs. Salley's four NBA titles came via two championships with the Detroit Pistons and one each with the Bulls and the Lakers. Horry is also the only non-Celtic to win more than six times. Frank Saul, Steve Kerr and Patrick McCaw are the only players to win two championships with two teams in consecutive seasons. Saul won consecutive championships with the Rochester Royals and the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1950s,, Kerr won consecutive championships with the Bulls and the Spurs in the 1990s, McCaw with the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in 2018 and 2019. Both Saul and Kerr were NBA champions four years in a row, each having participated in three-peats, Saul with the Lakers and Kerr with the Bulls.

NBA Showtime

NBA Showtime is the pregame show aired before each NBA on NBC telecast. The program, a half-hour in length, began during the 1990–91 NBA season, and was initially hosted by Bob Costas. Costas left in the mid-1990s, and became lead play-by-play voice of The NBA on NBC in 1997. Hannah Storm replaced Costas and hosted Showtime until Ahmad Rashād replaced her as host of the pregame show when Storm went on maternity leave in 2001. Storm returned in 2002 which meant that her and Rashad would alternate as hosts throughout the season. NBC kept the title of Showtime prior to the 2000–01 NBA season.

Showtime analysts included:

Quinn Buckner 1991–1993

P. J. Carlesimo 2000–2001

Pat Croce 2001–2002

Julius Erving 1993–1997

Mike Fratello 2001–2002

Kevin Johnson 2000–2001

Pat Riley 1990–1991

John Salley 1997–1998

Isiah Thomas 1998–2000

Tom Tolbert 2002

Peter Vecsey 1990–2001

Jayson Williams 2001–2002Midway Games created an NBA Showtime arcade game in 1999. The game was an update to the NBA Jam series, and used the same opening music and presentation style as the television show.

Robert Horry

Robert Keith Horry (; born August 25, 1970) is an American retired basketball player and current sports commentator. He played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), winning seven championships, the most of any player not to have played on the 1960s Boston Celtics. He is one of only two players (the other is John Salley) to have won NBA championships with three teams: two with the Houston Rockets, three with the Los Angeles Lakers and two with the San Antonio Spurs. He earned the nickname Big Shot Bob because of his clutch shooting in important games; he is widely considered to be one of the greatest clutch performers and winners in NBA history. Horry now works as a commentator on Spectrum SportsNet.

The Best Damn Sports Show Period

The Best Damn Sports Show Period was an American sports television show that aired on Fox Sports Net and Comcast SportsNet. The show regularly featured irreverent and opinionated interviews with top athletes, coaches, celebrities, and entertainers. It also aired Top 50 countdown shows and other sports specialty shows. Since its debut on July 23, 2001, BDSSP welcomed thousands of guests and aired more than 1,300 episodes. The last original show aired June 30, 2009; however, FSN taped a handful of Top 50 specials.

The show aired weeknights at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time, usually after FSN Final Score, or later if there was a local live sporting event that ran longer than expected, depending on the region and telecast schedule.

The Ultimate Christmas Present

The Ultimate Christmas Present is a 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie starring Brenda Song and Hallee Hirsh. It premiered December 1, 2000 on Disney Channel as part of their Christmas season.

Yvon Joseph

Yvon Joseph (born October 31, 1957) is a retired Haitian basketball player. He played collegiately at Georgia Tech and appeared in one game in the National Basketball Association. Joseph was the first native Haitian to play NCAA Division I college basketball in the United States.Joseph, a 6'11" center from Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, had never played organized basketball in 1980 when he was discovered by a coach from Miami Dade College and was offered a scholarship to the school. A former volleyball player, Joseph picked up the game quickly, leading the team to an undefeated regular season in his sophomore campaign and reaching the NJCAA Tournament final, falling to Spud Webb and Midland College in overtime. As an assistant coach at Miami Dad's, Bruce Comer passed him many many balls in the post to help him develop into a baseketball player. He then moved to Georgia Tech to play for coach Bobby Cremins, where he played from 1982 to 1985. He teamed with future NBA players Mark Price and John Salley to lead the Yellow Jackets to their first Atlantic Coast Conference title and the regional finals of the 1985 NCAA Tournament. For his Georgia Tech career, Joseph scored 758 points (11.7 per game) and 446 rebounds (6.9 per game).After the close of his college career, Joseph was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the second round of the 1985 NBA draft (36th pick overall). He played only one game in the NBA, scoring 2 points and committing a personal foul in 5 minutes of action against the Indiana Pacers on October 26, 1985.After basketball, Joseph became a businessman who provides water-purification systems to developing countries.

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