HoopsHype Rony Seikaly rumors

March 28, 2013 Updates

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. The Big Lead

February 22, 2012 Updates

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. FOXSports Florida

November 20, 2011 Updates

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." ESPN.com

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?" ESPN.com

June 11, 2011 Updates

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. Syracuse.com

November 21, 2010 Updates

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." Orlando Sentinel

August 14, 2010 Updates

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. Miami Herald

July 30, 2010 Updates

John Salley: Seikaly was one of my guys. He knew I wasn't there to take his job; I was there to play power forward. One day, he says to me, "Hey, man, how do you play all the way into June?" Remember, I'd been with the Pistons for six seasons and made the playoffs every year. I say, "What'd you say?" He goes, "The playoffs, third round, you guys play all the way to, like, June 28." "Uh, that's what you do when you win a championship," I say. "But you only get paid from November to April. That's taking too much of the summer, man. This is ridiculous." I say: "Well, playing for a championship is about pride. It's not about money." He says: "It has to be, because this is some bullshit. You guys play an extra two months." And I was like, holy shit. I didn't even realize it. I was playing an extra two-and-a-half months, for free. Deadspin.com

Seikaly was one of my guys. He knew I wasn't there to take his job; I was there to play power forward. One day, he says to me, "Hey, man, how do you play all the way into June?" Remember, I'd been with the Pistons for six seasons and made the playoffs every year. I say, "What'd you say?" He goes, "The playoffs, third round, you guys play all the way to, like, June 28." "Uh, that's what you do when you win a championship," I say. "But you only get paid from November to April. That's taking too much of the summer, man. This is ridiculous." I say: "Well, playing for a championship is about pride. It's not about money." He says: "It has to be, because this is some bullshit. You guys play an extra two months." And I was like, holy shit. I didn't even realize it. I was playing an extra two-and-a-half months, for free. Deadspin.com

July 20, 2010 Updates

Upon retirement in 1989, Seikaly, who lives in a $7.5 million, 10,000-square-foot mansion on Miami Beach's North Bay Road and is divorced from a Mexican supermodel, wasn't searching for money or prestige. But the club owner, who now operates Wall Lounge in South Beach's W Hotel, started getting serious about spinning records, and it soon became his post-basketball profession. After all, the two gigs aren't so different, he says: "In both basketball and DJing, the adrenaline is there. You control the night for everybody in attendance: You can make sure they have a great time, or you can ruin their night by missing a shot or not playing the music they want to hear." Miami New Times

July 9, 2010 Updates

Former NBA Superstar Rony Seikaly has a new career in mind as an up-and-coming DJ/Producer and with that goal in mind has signed with Subliminal Records. Ready with a string of completed, floor-friendly tunes, the first of these, "Come With Me"-with lyrics by Seikaly-is released this summer on Subliminal Records. Bumping, classic house numbers with bite, Subliminal has a Seikaly track scheduled for a release every four-to-five weeks. The next single comes September 2010. "[Seikaly] is a raw talent with a great musical ear," says Subliminal's Erick Morillo. "That is why I am excited to put out his first single on Subliminal and unleash him on the world." Antimusic.com

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