Rony Seikaly, the former Syracuse center who spent over a decade in the NBA, is dating a Brazilian model named Martha Graeff. In addition to being a retired NBA player dating a Brazilian model, Seikaly, who turns 48 in May, has a second career as a DJ. Is this news to anyone else? Rony Seikaly, who was on the Syracuse team that lost the title game to Indiana and Keith Smart in 1987, started playing music for friends at parties. Now he is an international DJ that makes his own music and tours the world from Miami to Ibiza playing for packed houses.
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But some didn’t even consider that Haslem’s top highlight Thursday. His seven rebounds gave him 4,549 for his nine-year career, all with the Heat, and moved him into second place on the franchise’s all-time list. He passed Rony Seikaly (4,544) but still trails Alonzo Mourning (4,807). “(Haslem) eventually will be the mayor of this town,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game about the Miami native and team captain who is quite popular among fans and teammates because of his relentless play. It sounded like a joke, but it wasn’t. Haslem said he really is thinking of running one day for mayor. “I plan on it. I hope so,” said Haslem, who said his platform would be to help disadvantaged youth in the city.
Fine, who stands accused of molesting two ball boys over a 16-year period, was also integral to that run of success as coach Jim Boeheim’s longtime right-hand man. “Completely ridiculous,” said Seikaly, who ranks second in career rebounds for Syracuse with 1,094, fourth in blocked shots with 319 and fourth in games started with 133. “Do people want a quick buck or something?”
Former Syracuse star Rony Seikaly, speaking in phone interviews this week about allegations against Bernie Fine, has passionately defended the Orange assistant coach, saying he refuses to believe the accusations of molestation. “Bernie would never do such a thing,” Seikaly told The Associated Press. “I vouch for Bernie. There is no way something like this could ever happen in my eyes. No way.”
Former Syracuse basketball star Rony Seikaly has transitioned from NBA player to club DJ. After releasing his first set of tracks last summer, Seikaly, who played for the Orange from 1984-88, is releasing a new track later this month. During his NBA days with the Miami Heat, Seikaly was called the “Spin Doctor,” but it wasn’t for his DJ-ing skills, it was for his low-post moves. In an interview with the New York Times last year, the Lebanese-born Seikaly said his love of music started as a teen in Athens, Greece.
Seikaly, who lives in Miami, also spins his records at the biggest dance clubs in the U.S. and overseas. “It’s new to people, but not new to me. I’ve been doing this music stuff since I was 14. It was kind of my passion,” he said. “Some people like to paint or read books, but I always loved to play around with music.” Seikaly said as a teenager he set up a “little disco,” complete with light show, in a room in his parents’ house. Now, in his post-basketball life, his music has gone from a personal plaything to something bigger. “A few people started hearing me in Miami and said, ‘You got to get out there,'” he said. “But I don’t want to do this to be in the public eye. I do it for myself. It just took off.”
Speaking of former basketball players, Miami Heat alum Rony Seikaly, a partner in Mokai and Wall at the W South Beach, has switched gears from the court to the turntables as DJ and now producer. In fact, Seikaly has just signed with Subliminal Records, the electronic/house label founded by legendary DJ/producer Erik Morillo. Says his rep, Seikaly will be releasing a track every four to five weeks. His debut single, Come With Me, is out now.