Rony Seikaly, Lebanon’s finest export since cheap olive oil, spent two and a half fine years roaming the paint for the Golden State Warriors. His greasy Mediterranean locks won him many a favor with the ladies, until he married and then divorced Mexican model Elsa Benitez.
The 6’10” center spent 11 solid years in the NBA. Following his two-plus years in Oakland, he went to Orlando and New Jersey, but he never regained the mojo he had as a Warrior. Plus, he once got traded to Utah, but refused to report. We like to imagine Rony talking to Jazz coach Jerry Sloan in the third person: “Sorry Jerry, Rony no coming to Utah. Rony no like Mormons. Rony need booze.”
Rony Seikaly was also a pretty candid guy. When Magic Johnson returned to the NBA all HIV-positive, Rony challenged him to a game of one-on-one to show everyone that HIV is not contagious by touch.
Seikaly hosts an annual golf tournament to benefit cystic fibrosis research. Which is good. The tournament, not cystic fibrosis.
Rony Seikaly [wikipedia]