Ronald Fred "Rony" Seikaly ( رونالد ﺼيقلي) is a retired Lebanese-born American professional basketball player.
Seikaly was born in Beirut. At the age of 9, Rony moved from Beirut where he'd been attending elementary school at the Athenee de Beirut to Greece, where he spent the rest of his youth. He attended and graduated from the American Community School, also known as ACS Athens. Prior to playing basketball, he was a soccer player and accomplished track athlete. He was unable to attain Greek citizenship due to bureaucratic problems, but he later became a naturalized American citizen after attending college in the U.S. and playing in the NBA.
In 1984, he began attending Syracuse University in central New York. He played center for the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team. He was an All-American and was also named to the John R. Wooden All-American Team. 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. He graduated from Syracuse as the all time leading rebounder, second in blocked shots and fourth in scoring. He led his Syracuse team to the 1987 NCAA tournament championship finals against the Indiana Hoosiers after averaging 22 points and 11 rebounds through out the tournament.
United States national basketball team
Seikaly played for the US national basketball team at the 1986 FIBA Worls Championship, and with the US team he won the gold medal.
Lebanese national basketball team
Seikaly was briefly included in the Lebanese National Basketball Team formation wearing the jersey #4. But after consultations with FIBA, he was dropped, since he had been part of the US national team in 1986, which disqualified him from playing for his country Lebanon
Post basketball career
Seikaly owns and runs a multi-million dollar real estate investment company; he is also an investor in the South Beach, Miami restaurants Quattro, Sosta, Solea, Quattro NY and Club Wall.
He is also an avid music lover and has been spotted working as a house music DJ in some of the biggest clubs in the world. He is frequently spotted with his close friend DJ Erick Morillo, and has performed alongside him at Club LIV in the Fountainbleu Hotel in Miami.
Every year Seikaly hosts the annual Rony Seikaly Golf Tournament for cystic fibrosis. When Magic Johnson returned to the NBA HIV-positive, and there was opposition to his inclusion because of his status, Rony Seikaly challenged him to a game of one-on-one to show everyone that HIV is not contagious by touch. Seikaly also entered the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Miami Open, in an attempt to play pro beach volleyball.
He was formerly married to Mexican supermodel Elsa Benitez, the 2001 and 2006 cover girl for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. They divorced in 2005; they have a daughter, Mila.
Records and accolades
- Set Miami Heat record for blocks in a game (8)
- Set Miami Heat record for free throw attempts in a game (26) and blocks in a season (124)
- 1990 NBA's Most Improved Player.
- Set Miami Heat record for rebounds in a season (934)
- NBA Player of the Week award
- Set Miami Heat record for defensive rebounds (26) and total rebounds (34) in a game
- Set 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
- Still holds numerous Miami Heat records
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