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John Thomas “Spider” Salley


John Thomas “Spider” Salley (born May 16, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York)) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA, actor and talk show host. He was the first player in NBA history to play on three different championship-winning franchises. Salley was born in Brooklyn, New York. Salley played high school ball at Canarsie High School in Brooklyn. He is a 1988 graduate of Georgia Tech’s College of Management. At 6’11” (2.11 m), Salley played both power forward and center for the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Panathinaikos BC and Los Angeles Lakers. The nickname “Spider” is a reference to Salley’s fear of the arachnid, which he claims to have conquered during his time on the 2009 reality television show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!.

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