Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Rony Seikaly, Renaissance Man

What hasn't Rony Seikaly done in his life? He is one of the few NBA players who can ever claim being born in Lebanon, possibly because at that time most young men got their legs blown off by bombs or hit by hijacked planes walking to class. Regardless he did it. How many players can lay claim to being the first ever draft pick of an entire franchise? I don't know for sure but I am guessing that the number is less than 30, with Rony being one of them. Who has grabbed over 30 rebounds in a game? Not many players, but once again Rony is one of them. What about marrying a chick on the cover of the SI Swimsuit Issue that is a model and not an athlete or entertainer? Meet Elsa Benitez, who also could have gone by Elsa Seikaly if she chose to (sure they're divorced now but it still counts). Mentioning her, how can I forget the Herculean task of keeping the vulturing men off of her when they go out in public? Done. What does a guy like Rony do for an encore after a career surpassing a decade with millions in the bank? Try to become a pro beach volleyball player. And why not, he is a bachelor and I hear that those swimsuit models like to hang around on the beaches of Miami.

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