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    Default Down And Out In Toronto With Isiah Thomas And Crazy Alvin Robertson

    This courtesy of former Raptors John Salley:

    Now, if you don't know, I was on the Toronto Raptors their first year, 1995-96. Isiah Thomas was the owner. B.J. Armstrong and I were all in the expansion draft. I had to leave Miami, which I didn't really want to do, even though at the time the asshole general manager—you can look it up—was busting my ass, never mind that I played hurt all year because of Rony Seikaly's injury.

    Anyway, I go to the Raptors and I'm sitting there and it's a big day for some reason. Isiah takes me and B.J. Armstrong in a car, and I think we're going to the airport. No, it's a party. This schmooze thing at, like, 6:30 p.m. at a beautiful place in Toronto.

    So, we open the door, and Isiah asks B.J. what he thinks. Now, B.J. and Isiah are both from Chicago, got the same tone, and B.J. says: "Thanks, I appreciate it, Zeke, but you gotta get me outta here. I can't play here." So he works a deal and gets rid of B.J.

    So, Isiah goes to to me, "Hey, Sal, what are you thinking?"

    I'm like, B.J. knows something I don't know. I need to get out of here, too. So I tell him, "Hey, if you can hook it up, I'd love to leave."

    But Zeke is like, "Well, there's three things with that. Orlando wants to give me Anthony Avent and this other white player [Brooks Thompson or Jeff Turner]. I'm not doing that."

    And I'm thinking, "C'mon, I wanna play with Shaq and Penny! I won't even play, just get a check and sit in the sun. C'mon, man."

    And he tells me: "Chicago wants to give you a gig, but they've got Dennis Rodman and James Edwards. And you know Detroit wants you back, but you know I'm not negotiating with them. Listen. This is going to be a great place for you."

    I'm looking at him like, please, please, massa, let me go. And he doesn't trade me. He's got three offers for me, and he still won't trade me.

    But he says that Toronto's going to be a spot. That I'll be able to own the town. I buy into it.

    I had no idea what I was getting into. Every day in the newspaper was a full page explaining a referee's call. They had to explain basketball to these people.

    The team was full of these characters, too. There was Carlos Rogers, Oliver Miller—people forget because of the weight thing, but the Big O could play—and Alvin Robertson. Alvin Robertson was the scariest player I ever played against. He would beat the shit out of anybody. If you told me to put together a team of all the old-timers, it would be Alvin Robertson and Sidney Moncrief—just tough dudes.

    Now, Alvin Robertson gets arrested the night before our first game for kicking a naked prostitute out of his hotel room after deciding he didn't want to pay. He gets bailed out the next day at like 3 in the afternoon and our game is at 7. He goes out and leads the team in scoring and we win the first game. That's when I knew that season was going to be weird.
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    Now, Alvin Robertson gets arrested the night before our first game for kicking a naked prostitute out of his hotel room after deciding he didn't want to pay. He gets bailed out the next day at like 3 in the afternoon and our game is at 7. He goes out and leads the team in scoring and we win the first game. That's when I knew that season was going to be weird.
    LOL on Alvin for kicking a naked prostitute out of his hotel room after deciding he didn't want to pay, I mean that's 3 violations right there!

    Alvin Robertson was a crazy mofo.

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    Thats a tight article

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    So, did he end up liking Toronto? Or?

    Pretty awesome story, I'll probably check that podcast out some time.. I always liked John Salley, seemed like a good guy.

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    Salley for years has thought of himself as a comedian.

    A lot of people do find him funny.

    However, I first remember him from when the Pistons drafted him out of GIT.

    People in Detroit thought he was going to make them forget this guy.



    Instead he only started 90 games in six seasons.

    A mediocre version of Amir Johnson.

    He retired at the age of 31 and then returned to the NBA at the age of 35 for 45 forgettable games with the Lakers in 99-00.

    I guess he played for them long enough to make the connections necessary to start jump start his Hollywood career as a comedian.

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/...sallejo01.html
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    He was on "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here". How can anyone take him seriously?

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    Default he did own this town

    Sall, put TDots club district on the map. held some of the hottest parties for sure. was the catalist for NBA players investing in our entertainment district. he owned clubs along with shaq and vince. regardless of what they say. those guys all love TDOT. and still come back to party. not so much since the david miller socialist regime. but they pop in now and then

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    Quote Zigus wrote: View Post
    Sall, put TDots club district on the map. held some of the hottest parties for sure. was the catalist for NBA players investing in our entertainment district. he owned clubs along with shaq and vince. regardless of what they say. those guys all love TDOT. and still come back to party. not so much since the david miller socialist regime. but they pop in now and then
    On the basketball threads like this one; i.e. "Everything Raptors"



    we try and avoid political commentary.

    Just saying.
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    LOL on Alvin for kicking a naked prostitute out of his hotel room after deciding he didn't want to pay, I mean that's 3 violations right there!

    Alvin Robertson was a crazy mofo.
    That's why he's in jail now.....he's a crazy perverted mofo'er.

    *****On February 27, 2010, Robertson was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a child, trafficking an underage child for purposes of sex and forcing a sexual performance by a child. Authorities claim that Robertson was part of a ring that kidnapped a 14-year-old girl from San Antonio, forced her to have sex with clients and to dance at a Corpus Christi strip club in 2009. The girl escaped her alleged captors, prompting an investigation. http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/13178



    JSalley has a grip of crazy stories- dude used to live in a 62 room freak palace while he was a Piston....
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    Quote Zigus wrote: View Post
    Sall, put TDots club district on the map. held some of the hottest parties for sure. was the catalist for NBA players investing in our entertainment district. he owned clubs along with shaq and vince. regardless of what they say. those guys all love TDOT. and still come back to party. not so much since the david miller socialist regime. but they pop in now and then
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