John Salley – Keith Middlebrook has taught me not to participate in a recession, but to take full advantage of it!

on Keith Middelbrook…..

Being rich and famous is what dreams are made of. Being broke and famous is a nightmare. Broke is a temporary state of financial hardship, while poor, unfortunately, is an epidemic/condition. My professional basketball career ended in 2000 after winning my fourth NBA championship with Los Angeles Lakers. I suddenly had to figure out how to maintain the same lifestyle on less than half of the millions I had made over the last 15 years. It wasn’t easy and my life was hit hard financially. When my lifestyle downgraded, so did the lives of many others who depending of me. While trying to pick up the pieces in my lifestyle change and trying to stay afloat, I lost my credit standings. Forget going from a AAA to a AA- , I went from A to Z… At one point, I went to secure a large loan amount and was denied. And this was a loan I REALLY needed! When I was a multi-millionaire, I could have walked into any financial institution and gotten any amount…but now, when I need the credit the most, they deny me? It hit me then. Cash in not king…it’s credit! Don’t get me wrong, hard cold cash is great when you’re making it rain but when you’re building longevity, history and generations of wealth, it’s credit that paves that bridge. I didn’t understand the true power of credit and OPM (other people’s money) when it comes to true financial freedom and success! In comes Keith Middlebrook…Entrepreneur Extraordinaire. Keith more than guided me, but made things happen. Keith stepped in and restored my credit at light speed and personally trained me on exactly how to maintain my impeccable FICO score, which is currently 805! In these critical financial times, credit is everything! Keith has me currently using my personal credit as a nucleus for Business Lines of Credit and LLC Financing never touching my personal profile! Did you know that during the Great Depression of 1929, more millionaires and billionaires emerged from that crisis than any other time in history by taking advantage of amazing investment opportunities? Keith has taught me not to participate in a recession but to take full advantage of it! He is now training me to use credit to leverage major financial equity and momentum with my investment portfolio so I am making money while I sleep! Keith Middlebrook is a miracle worker who changed my business thought process and my life. Thank you Keith!

John Salley

4 Time NBA Champion / Television Host

Micheal Jordan and John Salley


John Thomas Salley (born May 16, 1964) is a retired American professional basketball player, actor and talk show host. He was the first player in NBA history to play on three different championship-winning franchises.

After being drafted in the first round out of Georgia Tech in 1986, the 6’11” (2.11 m) Salley played both power forward and center for the Detroit PistonsMiami HeatToronto RaptorsChicago BullsPanathinaikos BC and Los Angeles Lakers. He was a long-time host of the former Fox Sports Net show The Best Damn Sports Show Period.


Basketball career

Detroit Pistons

Salley was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 1986 NBA Draft out of Georgia Tech. After joining the Pistons, he became close friends with Adrian Dantley, who taught him proper nutrition, how to exercise, and how to conduct himself off the court. Salley, for his part, called Dantley “The Teacher.” Salley would become good friends with comedian Eddie Murphy and made several appearances at comedy clubs in the off-season. In 1989 and 1990, he played on two Pistons championship teams. He is among the Pistons’ all-time leaders in blocked shots.

Heat and Bulls

He was traded to the Miami Heat in 1992 and, a few years after that, was left unprotected by Miami in the 1995 expansion draft. Following a short stint with the inaugural Toronto Raptors team where he received little playing time, he negotiated a buyout of his contract in order to sign with the Chicago Bulls, where he helped Michael JordanScottie Pippen and former Pistons teammate Dennis Rodman (as well as former teammate James Edwards) lead the Bulls to a record-breaking 72-win season, after which Salley retired. However, in 1996, he came out of retirement to join the Greek team Panathinaikos BC for a few games.


In 1999, he joined a Lakers team led by Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. He saw little action for the Lakers en route to their first of three consecutive NBA championships from 2000–2002. In 2000 he retired again following the first Lakers championship season after proudly proclaiming that he had won “four championship rings, with three different teams, in three different decades and two different millenniums.”[4]

Post-basketball career

Salley advertising for an electric shaver before the 2008 USC-UCLA game.

John Salley had a role in Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2, as a thick-glassed computer hacking nerd who gets out of jail because he helps crack files for the Miami Police Department. In 1996, 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 the fall of 1998, Salley hosted the game show I Can’t Believe You Said That, which aired on the Fox Family Channel. During that time, he also guest-starred as a panelist on Hollywood Squares.

In 2001, Salley made an appearance in the Luther Vandross music video, “Take You Out”.

In 2004 he was part of the panel of celebrity judges in the TBS Superstation show He’s a Lady.

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

In 2007, 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. In the first round of competition, Salley matched up against professional wrestler John Cena and tennis star Serena Williams. Salley also became the host of the new BET show Ballers.

Salley joined the cast of the reality competition show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!, which premiered on June 1, 2009.[5] He came in third place with Lou Diamond Phillips winner and Torrie Wilson runner-up. On the show he became friends with Patti Blagojevich who is the wife of Rod Blagojevich.

He also 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 named Kotex in the blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite.[6]

He was one of the hosts of The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports Network. Salley hosted The John Salley Block Party, a radio morning show on Los Angeles station 100.3 The Beat from May 2005 – 2006.

For a short time, Salley provided analysis for NBC’s NBA Showtime.

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

Salley hosted a podcast on Adam Carolla‘s ACE Broadcasting Network with sportswriter Kevin Hench entitled Spider and the Henchman.[7] The show was canceled on March 18, 2011.

Salley also hosted VH1’s Basketball Wives.

In 2012, he appeared as a celebrity judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race (season 4, episode 2).

He is also ambassador for Operation Smile.

Personal life

Salley is a vegan and has appeared on PETA‘s testimonial videos,[8] as well as in promoting alternatives to practices of massive factory farming.[9]

On May 4, 2010, it was announced that Salley had joined the Simply Raw team. The group of individuals who produced the documentary Raw for 30 had approached Salley with their video about reversing diabetes, and “it instantly got his attention” since his father had the disease.

Salley teamed up with Farm Sanctuary in 2010 to host their New York City Walk for Farm Animals on Sunday, October 24, 2010.[10]

Salley has been married to Natasha Duffy since 1993 and they have 3 children together.

John Salley is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.


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