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« Reply #21 on: Dec 22, 2010, 10:41:18 PM »

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« Reply #20 on: Dec 14, 2010, 12:51:56 PM »

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Basketball Professionals Players:
Rony Seikaly a Former NBA center plays to a different crowd, at his own little club

When Rony Seikaly was a young teenager in Athens, long before he grew into a 6-foot-11 all-American basketball player at Syracuse and a productive N.B.A. center, he built a small disco at home.

“I took a garage and turned it into my own little club,” said Seikaly, now 45. “I would save up money and I bought the record player, then a second record player, then a mixer. I built the whole disco myself, all the electricity, and I built all these kinds of colored lights and colored bulbs, and I’d make, like, a light show. I did that all myself.”

His interest in playing D.J. at the center of a party only grew, like his legs and his fame. Now Seikaly, more than a decade since his last game, has re-emerged as an up-and-coming D.J., playing a growing number of gigs at trendy clubs in places like Miami, New York, Las Vegas, Paris, and Ibiza, Spain. He is starting to record his own music, too, and released a compilation of music this year.

“I’m not doing this to be a celebrity,” Seikaly said. “I’m not doing this to become famous. I’m doing this just to share the love, and to share the music.”

Last Saturday night — Sunday morning, actually, at 1:25 — a huge domed nightclub called LIV was filled with a pounding beat and beautiful people. Through the thumping of a party just getting under way, a voice introduced “Mr. Rony Seikaly.” And in the D.J. booth, Seikaly went to work.

There were four CD players, not two record players. There was a mixer, festooned in colored lights and covered in small dials. While a song throbbed through the club’s sound system, Seikaly listened to another in his headphones. He touched a dial, then another, then another, like a man adjusting the temperature of his bath water. He blended one song into the other, sometimes overlapping them for a minute or more, fine-tuning their beats into an electronic symphony.

Seikaly, a human metronome, bobbed his long, lean frame to the beat. The building vibrated as if it had a pulse. Topless models painted in Day-Glo colors slithered on a small stage across the vast room. Laser lights and strobes shot through downdrafts of machine-made fog. Hundreds of bodies pitched and swayed, stirring the dance floor into a dark and restless sea.

“I call it capturing the moment,” Seikaly had explained at his house in Miami Beach the night before. Born in Lebanon and raised largely in Greece, he has a hint of an indistinguishable accent.

He explained how the night “morphs” at a club like LIV, in the Fontainebleau hotel. The first hour, he said, people get their bearings, “see who’s who, where’s where.” Loosened by drinks and music, if not the nocturnal sense that dawn is coming fast, they begin to move toward the night’s peak.

“The most important thing is to capture that moment where all of a sudden everybody is in a great mood, everybody starts dancing, and all of a sudden you feel it click between you and the crowd,” Seikaly said. “And as soon as that click happens, it’s not something that anybody else can feel except that person playing the music. As soon as you feel that connection to the crowd, then you know you’ve got them. And then you can take them on any journey you want.”

More than 25 years ago, Seikaly arrived in the sporting consciousness as a big, dark-haired freshman who helped Syracuse beat Georgetown and its star center, Patrick Ewing. As a junior in 1987, Seikaly led Syracuse to the national title game, which Indiana won on a late basket by Keith Smart. Seikaly’s No. 4 jersey is retired.

He was the first N.B.A. draft pick of the Miami Heat, chosen ninth over all in 1988. He spent the first 6 of his 11 N.B.A. seasons with the Heat, the best coming in 1992-93, when he averaged 17.1 points and 11.8 rebounds. For his career, which took him to Golden State, Orlando and New Jersey, Seikaly averaged 14.7 points and 9.5 rebounds. And his nickname, thanks to his low-post moves, was the Spin Doctor. It had nothing to do with being a D.J.

Most teammates knew little about Seikaly’s love of music. If anything, they teased him for his “Euro” tastes and his penchant for disco and pop. It was part of a well-rounded musical education that included trumpet lessons as a child. Seikaly’s parents filled the house with classical music on Sundays, and Seikaly’s wide-ranging preferences in the late 1970s included Kiss, Genesis and Barry White.

“Into the ’80s, believe it or not, we listened to a lot of Julio Iglesias,” Seikaly said. “More Latin, more love ballads. That was in. If your parents were cool, they’d listen to Julio Iglesias. As genres changed, I changed with it, until I found my niche, which is house music.”

House music is a nebulous descendant of disco, with ever-extending derivatives. It is, generally, electronic music dominated by strong, steady percussion. Vocals, often background chants or soulful wails, rarely prompt singalongs. Adherents of house music prefer the “know-it-when-you-hear-it” definition. Those who frequent dance clubs that do not play hip-hop or dabble in standards from previous decades — no Village People here — certainly have heard it.

“It’s music that you’re going to walk into a club and you’re not going to be saying, ‘Oh my God, we’ve got to get out of here,’ ” Seikaly said. “I play that music that you walk in and say: ‘O.K., I can put up with this. I may not like it, but it’s not offensive.’ ”

He laughed at the sound of that.

“It’s happy,” he said. “It keeps you there.”

Seikaly plays and creates what he called happy underground music. As a D.J., he takes pride in uncovering little-known tracks on the Web and avoiding dance-club anthems. And his original songs are electronically built atop steady, synthesized drums.

“When my mom tells me, ‘Son, your music sounds kind of all the same,’ I say, ‘That’s exactly what I thought about your classical music,’ ” Seikaly said.

Seikaly, who married and had a daughter with the model Elsa Benitez (the two divorced in 2006), has invested much of his time and money into the club scene in Miami Beach. He has had ownership stakes in a number of trendy hot spots, like Mynt, Bar None and Mokai. (He has no stake, however, in LIV.) On countless nights, he and close friends would retreat to his mansion’s “playroom” — a high-tech incarnation of the home disco he built as a child. (He has another such room, in a house he built in the 1990s in Beirut, where his parents live.)

The room feels like a mellow garage-size lounge, with dim lighting and a mirrored Buddha high on a shelf. The dark walls are lined with low couches. What looks like a bar holds CD players and a mixer, not drinks. The room is equipped with a hard-to-spot, club-level sound system.

Friends always wanted to bring more friends. Finally, in 2008, Seikaly agreed to D.J. for an expanded audience at Mokai, which he no longer owns.

“It turned out to be an amazing night,” Seikaly said.

Now he keeps a steady schedule at clubs around the world. He is scheduled to play at Lavo in Manhattan on Saturday; in Marrakesh, Morocco, later this month; and back in Miami Beach on New Year’s Eve.

He is focused on making his own music, too. Erick Morillo, one of the best-known house-music D.J.’s and founder of Subliminal Records, produced Seikaly’s first CD, “House Calls.”

“It’s a passion,” Seikaly said of his music career. “It’s a hobby. It’s a hobby on steroids because it’s no longer a hobby. You’ve crossed a line when you’re starting to make it into a business.”

The next night — morning, really — Seikaly was at work in that same D.J. booth, a 20-foot-long bar a few feet above one end of a dance floor increasingly crammed with bodies. He wore jeans and a long-sleeve T-shirt with the sleeves pushed above the elbows. His body bobbed and his fingers fondled the dials. In front of him, hundreds danced. Every once in a while, he pumped his fist to the beat and smiled.

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« Reply #19 on: Dec 10, 2010, 10:07:01 AM »

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Italian Basketball Comes of Age on the Flloor of Madison Square Garden

On Wednesday night, two of the NBA's three Italian players were on the floor of Madison Square Garden when the Knicks hosted the Toronto Raptors on Italian Heritage Night, Danilo Gallinari is in his third season with the Knicks and Andrea Bargnani is in his fifth season with the Raptors. The third, Marco Belinelli, plays for the New Orleans Hornets.

Ten years ago, few could have envisioned that Italy would have three players in the N.B.A. Even in 2006, Gallinari played in the second Italian league at the same time that Bargnani was elected the best under-21 basketball talent in Europe. Gallinari, better known for being the son of the Vittorio Gallinari, who shared a room in Serie A with Knicks Coach Mike D’Antoni, was thought to be a valuable future player though not a first-round pick in the N.B.A. draft. At that time, for the young “Gallo” the word N.B.A. was just a dream.

On many Sunday mornings, he was jumping on a bus for up to seven hours before reaching the opponent’s court. His routine was simple: get up early, take something to read on the road and sleep on the way back because at 8:30 the next morning, he had to be in school.

At that time, Belinelli was probably more successful than his two Italian colleagues in the N.B.A. He grew up in Bologna, the capital of Italian basketball. In 2005 at 19 years old, he won the Italian championship and became M.V.P. of the Italian “Supercoppa,” one of the major national trophies of the regular season. The previous season, his club, Fortitudo Bologna, had a disappointing playoffs with the former N.B.A. players Dominique Wilkins and David Rivers. With Belinelli, Fortitudo Bologna showed it was finally ready to compete in Italy and Europe.

In a country where soccer is a religion, these were the days when Italian fans started to watch basketball as a different sport discipline. Italy had always a strong international basketball tradition, but beside all the major important victories of its national team, Italians had always missed a complete international talent.

When Bargnani became eligible for the N.B.A. draft, Dirk Nowitzki was already the new Boris Becker in Germany. In the former Yugoslavia, the heart of Drazen Petrovic was still beating inside great icons like Tony Kukoc and Vlade Divac.

In Spain, a son of a Catalan medical doctor, became the rookie of the year. Before winning the title with the Lakers, Pau Gasol helped open doors to the N.B.A. for many of his national teammates.

Yes, Italian basketball fans were feeling close to Kobe Bryant and his young years in Reggio Emilia, Reggio Calabria and Pistoia. It’s funny to remember that when he was 13, he was not the best player on this local team and several players are still blustering around the fact that they beat him one to one.

In the recent past, Italy was proud of its adopted sons Manu Ginobili and Carlos Delfino, both nurtured by the coach Tonino Zorzi in Reggio Calabria before moving to Bologna with different teams. But if you are looking for an Italian native, you would have to wait a little bit longer.

Now that Belinelli is in New Orleans is back on track after the unhappy seasons in San Francisco and Toronto, and now that Bargnani and Gallinari are in the league, the N.B.A.’s popularity in Italy is increasing day after day. For example, if you compare the same Euroleague and N.B.A. article on the same online sport newspaper, you will realize the N.B.A. article will have five times more comments than the same article on Euroleague.

Of course, if you analyze the personalities of Gallinari, Bargnani and Belinelli, you will discover three different characters. Bargnani took part of his first two seasons to understand how to interact with the American news media. Without Chris Bosh, he is playing solid and strong basketball. Is he ready for the All Star Game? In Italy everybody will tell you yes.

When you speak with Belinelli, he will keep saying that he never quit and he will try the hardest because he is well aware of his capabilities. Don’t ask him what he thinks about Toronto; just keep going and ask him about his relationship with Chris Paul.

Gallinari is different. He doesn’t like to expose his cards. He will always take two seconds to think before he responds and let himself go, but at the end of story, all three are reaching a notable level of success in a special world called N.B.A.

Do we need something else? After long seasons of experimental cuisine, finally the Italian culinary school had mixed its quality dishes and is ready to present its new menu. I will suggest tortellini with ricotta filling, a nice Florentine steak and a dessert of the best tiramisu’ you never had.

In other words, you pick the table and when you pay the bill you will be satisfied. If you don’t trust us, well, ask the Italian N.B.A. fans.

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« Reply #18 on: Nov 25, 2010, 10:20:22 AM »

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« Reply #17 on: Nov 20, 2010, 11:41:15 PM »

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Van Den Spiegel a nice piece to Milano puzzle

Armani Jeans Milan have many a reason to be giddy about this season both in Italy and Europe.

Piero Bucchi's team is flying high in Lega A with five wins in as many games, and Milano are 2-2 in the Euroleague.

Now that the club has signed veteran center Thomas Van Den Spiegel for the next couple of months, Armani Jeans should become even better.

Van Den Spiegel was in Valencia last week, where Armani Jeans hammered their opponents and put the final nail in the coffin of coach Manuel Hussein (the club announced on Tuesday that Svetislav Pesic was their new coach).

At the time, he said he was waiting to put pen to paper on a deal.

He’s an ideal player to come off the bench and give valuable minutes in the low post.

The 2.14m center was good at Roma, and even better at CSKA Moscow where he helped Ettore Messina's teams capture two Euroleague crowns, in 2006 and '08.

Van Den Spiegel does three things very well.

He brings energy off the bench, rebounds and blocks shots.

It's why Messina, when he became the coach of Madrid before last season, made a move for Van Den Spiegel.

Injury limited Van Den Spiegel to just 10 official games last season but now that he’s healthy, look for him to make a solid contribution for a Milano team that is growing in confidence.

Van Den Spiegel and Belgium

Van Den Spiegel, now 32, did something else this summer.

He put on the Belgium shirt and helped his national team win its group to qualify directly for EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.

It was one of the greatest moments of his career because Belgium haven’t played at a EuroBasket since 1993.

Van Den Spiegel hadn't been able to compete for his country for several years before this summer.

He talked to about the Belgium experience.

"I broke my wrist the first week of practice," he said.

"Yes, I had some bad luck again, but then came back and played the last six games.

"It went great because we ended up winning our group.

"Our last game was do-or-die that we won at home against Poland in front of 6,000 crazy Belgian fans."

That clash with Poland indeed a thriller.

Eddy Casteels' men trailed the Poles by as many as 10 points in the first and second quarters but never lost their focus and ended up winning 70-67.

"I think we have a great group of players," Van Den Spiegel said.

"It's just a good feeling knowing that we are going to the European Championship next year.

"Most of us are good friends and are quite young, except for a couple of players like me.

"We have two or three veterans combined with a lot of young talent and enthusiasm and a good coach.

"We just have fun.

"You can see that if you're just having fun, you can get some results."

What was the difference this year?

"It's a combination of a lot of things," Van Den Spiegel said.

"We're not a basketball country and it's not been easy over the years.

"I think we've had a coach who put everything he had into it the past five or six years and he convinced everybody to come.

"And you see once that happens, and once you get the chemistry, a lot of things are possible."


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