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John Salley has a conversation with Rony Seikaly you would never have with Kobe

Jul 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

Got to love John Salley.

Not so much when he was a key part of the Bad Boys, but now as one of the funnier ex-players. A guy willing to tell some stories. Which he is doing for Deadspin (and to promote his new podcast).

The first one is classic — playoff veteran and champion Salley recounting a conversation with Rony Seikaly when both were on the Heat.

(Seikaly said) “Hey, man, how do you play all the way into June?” Remember, I’d been with the Pistons for six seasons and made the playoffs every year. I say, “What’d you say?” He goes, “The playoffs, third round, you guys play all the way to, like, June 28.”

“Uh, that’s what you do when you win a championship,” I say.

“But you only get paid from November to April. That’s taking too much of the summer, man. This is ridiculous.”

I say: “Well, playing for a championship is about pride. It’s not about money.”

He says: “It has to be, because this is some bulls—. You guys play an extra two months.”

And I was like, holy s—. I didn’t even realize it. I was playing an extra two-and-a-half months, for free.

File that under “conversations you would never have with Kobe Bryant

  1. john - Jul 30, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    File that under “conversations Pat Riley is about to have with Chris Bosh”.

  2. Edward - Jul 30, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Kobe’s response to such a question by Seikaly would no doubt be to immediately kick the &(^& out of him and then kick him out of the gym.

  3. Jim - Jul 30, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    The heck with Kobe. Can you imagine Laimbeer’s or Mahorn’s response?

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