44 Facts About John Salley


John Thomas Salley is an American former professional basketball player.


John Salley was the first player in NBA history to win championships with three franchises, as well as the first player in the NBA to win a championship in three different decades.


John Salley was a long-time host of the former Fox Sports Net show The Best Damn Sports Show Period.


John Salley is a vegan activist, chef, and wellness entrepreneur.


John Salley played on the basketball team at Canarsie High School in Brooklyn.


John Salley is a 1988 graduate of Georgia Tech's College of Management.


John Salley helped the Yellow Jackets win the 1985 ACC Championship, they advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.


John Salley left in 1986 as Tech's all-time leader in blocked shots.


John Salley holds Georgia Tech's personal fouls record, and has had his jersey number 22 retired, a very rare honor in college basketball.


John Salley was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 1986 NBA draft out of Georgia Tech.


John Salley would become good friends with comedian Eddie Murphy and made several appearances at comedy clubs in the off-season.


John Salley is among the Pistons' all-time leaders in blocked shots.


Under the coaching of Chuck Daly, John Salley was part of the Pistons era that featured three consecutive NBA finals appearances.


The team's highly physical, defense-oriented, and dirty style of play earned them the nickname of the NBA's "Bad Boys", with John Salley playing alongside Dennis Rodman, Bill Laimbeer, James Edwards, Joe Dumars, Isiah Thomas, Rick Mahorn and Dantley.


The Pistons' run came to an end when the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls swept them in four games in the 1991 Eastern Conference finals; following game four, while most of the Pistons players chose to return to the locker room rather than congratulate the new Eastern Conference champions, John Salley was one of the few who stayed on the court as the game ended to congratulate the Bulls.


Free of his Raptors contract, in early March 1996, John Salley signed a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls, joining the roster with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, and former Pistons teammates Dennis Rodman and James Edwards.


In September 1996, thirty-two-year-old John Salley came out of what turned out to be only a three-month retirement and went to play in Greece, where he joined the reigning EuroLeague champions Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League on a one-year US$1 million contract.


Right away, John Salley got on the bad side of coach Maljkovic who refused to modify his disciplinarian approach in order to accommodate a veteran player with a notable NBA career behind him.


However, Maljkovic still refused to include him in the lineup and in response, John Salley decided to leave Panathinaikos unilaterally two days later on October 24,1996, after only a month at the club.


In 1999, John Salley joined a Lakers team led by superstars Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant and reunited with his former Bulls coach, Phil Jackson.


John Salley saw little action for the Lakers en route to their first of three consecutive NBA championships, primarily serving as O'Neal's backup.


In 1995, John Salley had a role in Bad Boys as a thick-glassed computer hacking nerd who gets out of jail because he helps crack files for the Miami Police Department.


In 1996, John Salley appeared as a veteran basketball player alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the film Eddie, about a fan who takes over as coach of the New York Knicks.


In 2003, John Salley reprised his role of Fletcher in Bad Boys II and appeared in the Showtime TV film Coast to Coast alongside actress Selma Blair.


John Salley appeared in the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic in 2009 as a member of the shopaholic help group and had a bit role as a pimp in the blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite.


John Salley appeared in the Disney Channel original movie, The Ultimate Christmas Present, as a tall elf.


In 2018, John Salley appeared in the Netflix original movie, Nappily Ever After, starring Sanaa Lathan.


In 2022, John Salley appears in Sneakerella as a famous sneaker maker and former basketball star.


John Salley was one of the hosts of The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports Network.


John Salley has hosted VH1's Basketball Wives and Basketball Wives LA Reunion Specials.


John Salley appeared on a celebrity episode of Weakest Link that same year and was voted off in the first round.


In 2006, John Salley was named the Commissioner of the American Basketball Association.


In 2007, John Salley appeared in the ABC reality television series Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, featuring a dozen celebrities in a stock car racing competition.


John Salley came in third place behind winner Lou Diamond Phillips and runner-up Torrie Wilson.


John Salley hosted a podcast on Adam Carolla's ACE Broadcasting Network with sportswriter Kevin Hench entitled Spider and the Henchman.


John Salley is a vegan activist and has appeared on PETA's testimonial videos, as well as in promoting alternatives to practices of massive factory farming.


John Salley is noted for speaking at Michigan's Vegfest since 2009 and appearing on VegMichigan's billboard campaign.


On May 4,2010, it was announced that John Salley had joined the Simply Raw team.


John Salley teamed up with Farm Sanctuary in 2010 to host their New York City Walk for Farm Animals on Sunday, October 24,2010.


In June 2012 John Salley became the official spokesperson for a natural supplements line called VirMax that is developed by Natural Product Solutions, LLC.


John Salley is an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry, launching his own cannabis brand Deuces22 and taking an ownership stake in the cannabis testing company GreenSpace Labs.


John Salley is an advisory board member with cannabis social networking platform BudTrader.


John Salley married Natasha Duffy in 1993, and they have two children together.


John Salley is a member of Omega Psi Phi initiated through Nu Omega Chapter in Detroit.