Scott Allen Skiles Sr. is an American basketball coach and former player. He most served as the head coach of the Orlando Magic, he coached the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks. A first-round draft pick out of Michigan State University, Skiles played ten seasons as a point guard in the NBA, he holds the NBA record for assists in one game with 30, set in his fifth season in the league and second with Orlando, in which he earned the 1990–91 NBA Most Improved Player Award. In 1982, Skiles led Plymouth High School to the Indiana State Championship, scoring 39 points to lead the Pilgrims past the Gary Roosevelt Panthers in double overtime. During the 1982 season Skiles led the state in scoring, he set several records during high school, including most points in a home game and most points in an away game. He left Plymouth as the school's all-time career scoring leader, a record that would stand until 2005. Skiles had his number 22 jersey retired at Plymouth High School in 1992. Skiles attended Michigan State University, where in his senior season he was a First Team All-America selection as well as the Big Ten Conference MVP and scoring champion.
He left MSU as its all-time career scoring leader and still holds the Spartans' record for most points scored in a season. While in East Lansing, he was arrested and charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana; the cocaine charge was dropped, Skiles pleaded guilty to the marijuana possession. He was arrested and charged with drunken driving a year and served 15 days in jail. During his senior season, Skiles committed a parole violation on an earlier marijuana conviction, served a brief jail sentence; the Milwaukee Bucks made Skiles the 22nd selection of the 1986 NBA draft. In ten seasons, he played for the Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, Washington Bullets, Philadelphia 76ers. Skiles was little used his rookie season with the Bucks, averaging 3.8 points and 3.5 assists in just 13 games off the bench. With the Indiana Pacers the next season Skiles averaged fewer minutes but played in more games, increasing his scoring marginally to 4.4 points and posting the same 3.5 assists per game in 50 games, just two of them starts.
He played in 80 games in 1988–89, starting just 13 and averaging 6.8 points and 4.9 assists in under 20 minutes a game. In 1989 Skiles was selected by the newly formed Orlando Magic in the NBA expansion draft. A backup point guard, he scored 7.7 points and posted 4.8 assists in 20.9 minutes per game in 70 games, 48 off the bench. In 1990–91 he transitioned to a starting role at the position, jumping to a career high 17.2 points and improved 8.4 assists in 34.4 minutes over 79 games and 66 starts. The season was highlighted on December 30, 1990, when Skiles racked up 30 assists in Orlando's 155-116 victory over the Denver Nuggets at Orlando Arena, breaking Kevin Porter's NBA single-game assists record, his well more than doubling scoring and nearly doubling his assists marks from the previous year earned him the NBA Most Improved Player Award. The next year, 1991–92, was a bit of a backslide, dropping to 14.1 points and 7.3 assists in 31.7 minutes in 75 games, with games started, field goals made, field goal percentage, 2-pointers made, 2-point percentage, 3-pointers made, 3-point percentage, free throws, free throw percentage, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, steals all falling off.
1992–93 saw a bouncing back nearly across the board, with scoring up to 15.4 points, a career high 9.4 assists, career highs in shooting percentage and 2-point shooting percentage in a career high 39.6 minutes in 78 games, all starts. Skiles played in all 82 games in 1993–94 but only started 46, showing severe drop-offs in minutes, field goals, field goal percentage, 2-pointers made, 2-point percentage, rebounds and scoring, posting just 9.9 points and 6.1 assists per game. Skiles began the year as a starter but in the second half of the season he became a reserve, leaving Anfernee Hardaway as his successor. Skiles was traded to the Washington Bullets in the offseason to create salary cap space; as a Washington Bullets in 1994–95 Skiles' minutes were back up to 33.5 per game in just 62 games, all starts, improvements were shown in every statistical category, though points per game only rose to 13.0 and assists to 7.3. Skiles spent only a single season in Washington, moving on to the Philadelphia 76ers in his final NBA season in 1995–96.
Appearing in only 10 games Skiles stats backslid again, with only 6.3 points and 3.8 assists in 23.6 minutes per game over 9 starts. Nursing a serious shoulder injury in 1996, Skiles left the U. S. for the Greek League, joining PAOK in Thessaloniki. Expectations were high for the new arrival from the NBA, but midway through the season injuries and contract problems with key players threatened the season for both PAOK and French coach Michel Gomez. Still struggling with injury himself, at odds with Gomez, Skiles asked to be released from his contract. Instead, president Lakis Alexopoulos offered Skiles the job. Despite lacking three of their top players due to injury, Skiles led PAOK to a winning record as coach in the remainder of the'96-'97 season, an unexpected 3rd-place finish in the Greek League, thus assuring a qualification to the following year's Euroleague. Skiles returned to the NBA for the 1997–98 season as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns, being elevated to head coach in 1999.
Under Skiles Phoenix compiled a.595 Won-Loss record and made the playoffs in two of his three years as head coach, including a first-round win over the defending NBA cha
William Mark Price is an American former basketball player and coach. He was most the head coach of the UNC Charlotte 49ers; as a player, he played for 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association, from 1986 to 1998. Spending the majority of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his last three years consisted of one season each with the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic. Standing at 6 feet tall, Price played college basketball at Georgia Tech. During his time playing on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team, he was a two-time All American and four-time All ACC basketball player who helped lead the Yellow Jackets to an ACC Championship his junior year by defeating North Carolina in the ACC Tournament championship game, he was named the ACC Player of the Year for the 1984–85 season and his jersey was retired. He was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1991 and into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. Price graduated in four years with a degree in Industrial Management.
All-time Georgia Tech leader in 3-point field goal percentage All-time Georgia Tech leader in steals All-time Georgia Tech leader in consecutive games started All-time Georgia Tech leader in minutes played A point guard, he mystified critics who said he was too slow, too small and too deliberate for a high-level game. Selected first in the second round by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1986 NBA draft, he was acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a draft day trade that helped turn the team into an Eastern Conference power. Price was known as one of the league's most consistent shooters, he finished his career with a 90.4% free throw shooting percentage and a 40% three-point field goal shooting percentage. During the 1988–89 season, Price became the second player, after Larry Bird, to join the NBA's 50–40–90 club for those who shot at least 40% from three-point range, at least 50% from the field and at least 90% from the free throw line in a single season, is still one of only seven players to have done this while achieving the NBA league minimum number of makes in each category.
Price ranked among the assist leaders, twice won the Three Point Contest, was a four-time All-Star. Price was named to the All-NBA First Team after the 1992–93 season. Price was second in franchise steals with 734, a Cavaliers record that stood until December 9, 2008 when LeBron James surpassed him. Another one of Price's distinguishing traits on the court was his pioneering of the splitting of the double team; as former teammate Steve Kerr explains, "Mark revolutionized the way that people attack the screen and roll. To me, he was the first guy in the NBA who split the screen and roll. A lot of teams started blitzing the pick and roll and jumping two guys at it to take the ball out of the hands of the point guard. He'd shoot that little runner in the lane. Nobody was doing that at that time. You watch an NBA game now and everybody does that. Mark was a pioneer in that regard." Price was plagued by injuries late in his career, a factor in his trade to the Washington Bullets prior to the 1995–96 season.
He played one season for Washington before moving on to the Golden State Warriors with whom he spent the 1996–97 season. On October 28, 1997, Price was traded to the Orlando Magic for David Vaughn Brian Shaw, he spent two seasons with the Magic before being waived on June 30, 1998 ending his career. During his career Price represented the United States national team, he played for them in the 1983 Pan American Games where the team won gold medals, represented the national team in the 1994 FIBA World Championship, where they were known as Dream Team II, won gold medals. Not long after retirement, Price's number, 25, was retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers, he is a member of the Georgia and Oklahoma Sports Halls of Fame. The city of Enid, renamed the basketball arena Mark Price Arena, as a tribute to the NBA player's accomplishments, since he was one of the best basketball athletes in Enid High School history, his brother Brent Price played ten seasons in the NBA. His daughter Caroline had a short stint in professional tennis after playing for the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Mark Price began his coaching career during the 1998–99 basketball season as a community coach under head coach and friend Joe Marelle at Duluth High School for the varsity boys team. After Marelle discovered he had non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Price became a primary factor in the team's return trip to the final four of the class 5A GHSA state tournament, it was the first time. Price went on to be an assistant coach to Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech during the 1999–2000 season. After Cremins retired from coaching at Georgia Tech, Price went on the following year to be the head coach at Whitefield Academy in Atlanta for the 2000–01 season leading the team to a 27-5 record and the final eight teams of the state Class A tournament, a 20 win improvement over the prior season and 27 win improvement two seasons before Price arrived. NBA player Josh Smith played at Whitefield Academy the same season Price was coach. In 2002, Price won the John Wooden Keys to Life Award. In 2003, Price was a consultant for the NBA's Denver Nuggets.
He became an NBA television analyst and color commentator for both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks. In March 2006, Price was named the inaugural head coach of the Australian NBL's South Dragons, a new franchise for the 2006–07 season. Price was th
Power forward (basketball)
The power forward known as the four, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. It has been referred to as the "post" position. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center, they play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense. The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of, rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot, several players have become accurate from 12 to 18 feet. Earlier, these skills were more exhibited in the European style of play; some power forwards, known as stretch fours, have since extended their shooting range to three-point field goals. In the NBA, power forwards range from 6' 8" to 7' 0" while in the WNBA, power forwards are between 6' 1" and 6' 4". Despite the averages, a variety of players fit "tweener" roles which finds them in the small forward or center position depending on matchups and coaching decisions.
Some power forwards play the center position and have the skills, but lack the height, associated with that position
University of Georgia
The University of Georgia referred to as UGA or Georgia, is a public flagship research university with its main campus in Athens, Georgia. Founded in 1785, it is one of the oldest public universities in the United States; the Center for Measuring University Performance ranks the University of Georgia among the top research universities in the nation and the university is classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a Research I university. It classifies the student body as "more selective," its most selective admissions category, while the ACT Assessment Student Report places UGA student admissions in the "highly selective" category, the highest category. Incoming students include those from 47 countries around the world; the university is ranked as one of the "Best National Universities for Undergraduate Teaching", tied for 13th overall among all public national universities in the 2019 U. S. News & World Report rankings, is a Kiplinger's and Princeton Review top ten in value.
The university is organized into 17 constituent schools and colleges offering more than 140 degree programs. The university's historic North Campus is listed on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places as a designated historic district; the contiguous campus areas include rolling hills and extensive green space including nature walks, fields and large and varied arboreta. Close to the contiguous campus is the university's 58-acre Health Sciences Campus that has an extensive landscaped green space, more than 400 trees, several additional historic buildings. Athens has ranked among America's best college towns due to its vibrant restaurant and music scenes. In addition to the main campus in Athens with its 460 buildings, the university has two smaller campuses located in Tifton and Griffin; the university has two satellite campuses located in Lawrenceville. The university operates several outreach stations spread across the state; the total acreage of the university in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539 acres.
The university owns a residential and research center in Washington, D. C. and three international residential and research centers located at Oxford University in Oxford, England, at Cortona, at Monteverde, Costa Rica. Over 750 student organizations including academic associations, honor societies, cultural groups and intramural athletics, religious groups, social groups and fraternities and community service programs, philanthropic groups are integral parts of student life; the University of Georgia's intercollegiate sports teams known by their Georgia Bulldogs nickname, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and the Southeastern Conference. UGA served as a founding member of the SEC in 1932. In their more than 120-year history, the university's varsity sports teams have won 45 national championships, 264 individual national championships, 170 conference championships, 45 Olympic medals; the Georgia Redcoat Marching Band, the official marching band of the university, performs at athletic and other events.
In 1784, Lyman Hall, a Yale University graduate and one of three doctors to sign the Declaration of Independence, as Governor of Georgia persuaded the Georgia legislature to grant 40,000 acres for the purposes of founding a "college or seminary of learning." Besides Hall, credit for founding the university goes to Abraham Baldwin who wrote the original charter for University of Georgia. From Connecticut, Baldwin graduated from and taught at Yale University before moving to Georgia; the Georgia General Assembly approved Baldwin's charter on January 27, 1785 and UGA became the first university in the United States to gain a state charter. Considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Baldwin would represent Georgia in the 1786 Constitutional Convention that created the Constitution of the United States and go on to be President pro tempore of the United States Senate; the task of creating the university was given to the Senatus Academicus, which consisted of the Board of Visitors – made up of "the governor, all state senators, all superior court judges and a few other public officials" – and the Board of Trustees, "a body of fourteen appointed members that soon became self-perpetuating."
The first meeting of the university's Board of Trustees was held in Augusta, Georgia on February 13, 1786. The meeting installed Baldwin as the university's first president. For the first sixteen years of the school's history, the University of Georgia only existed on paper. By the new century, a committee was appointed to find suitable land to establish a campus. Committee member John Milledge purchased 633 acres of land on the west bank of the Oconee River and gifted it to the university; this tract of land, now a part of the consolidated city–county of Athens-Clarke County, was part of Jackson County. As of 2013, 37 acres of that land remained as part of the North Campus; because Baldwin was elected to the U. S. Senate, the school needed a new president. Baldwin chose his former fellow professor at Yale, Josiah Meigs, as his replacement. Meigs became the school's president, as well as the only professor. After traveling the state to recruit a few students, Meigs opened the school with no building in the fall of 1801.
The first school building patterned after Yale's Connecticut Hall was built the year later. Yale's early influence on the new university extended into the classical curriculum with emphasis on Latin and Greek. By 1803, the students
Nathaniel McMillan is an American basketball coach and former player, the head coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. He coached the Seattle SuperSonics from 2000 to 2005, the Portland Trail Blazers from 2005 to 2012. McMillan grew up in the heart of North Carolina's basketball country and attended Raleigh's William G. Enloe High School, where he went unnoticed by major college scouts. After playing for two years at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, he returned to Raleigh to play for Jim Valvano at North Carolina State, before entering the NBA. McMillan helped lead NC State to a first-place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season in 1985, the Elite Eight in both the 1985 and 1986 NCAA Championship Tournaments. McMillan was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 30th pick in the 1986 draft, he would spend his entire NBA career in Seattle. During his 12-year playing career, McMillan put up career averages of 5.9 points, 6.1 assists and 1.9 steals.
He still shares the NBA rookie record for assists in a single game with 25. McMillan played as the starting point guard position for the SuperSonics for most of his career. McMillan was known for his superb defense, leading the NBA in steals per game for the 1993–94 season and being named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons. McMillan was known for his balanced play, which led to four career triple-doubles. In the 1995–96 season, McMillan helped the SuperSonics reach the NBA Finals against the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls; the SuperSonics were the only team to beat the Bulls three times that season. Known as "Mr. Sonic" for his 19 years of service to the team, his no. 10 jersey was retired by the SuperSonics. He was known to be one-third of the "Big Mac" team of the SuperSonics in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the others being Xavier McDaniel and Derrick McKey. After retiring in 1998, McMillan stayed in Seattle as an assistant under Paul Westphal, he held this role until 2000 when the Sonics made McMillan interim coach.
Although the team missed the playoffs during his first year, he earned a winning record of 38–29 as interim head coach. He was led the club to the playoffs; as a result, he was named permanent head coach after the season. McMillan's Sonics had mediocre records the next two years, going 40–42 and 37–45. In the 2004–05 season, he led the team to 52–30 record in the regular season; the team advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals. After 19 years in Seattle, McMillan left Seattle on July 6, 2005, to become the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, he took over a team riddled with cap problems and off-the-court drama, but calmed the waters in Portland. His hard-nosed coaching style earned him the nickname "Sarge." On December 5, 2009, McMillan ruptured his right Achilles tendon while scrimmaging with the Trail Blazers during practice. He coached much of the season in a protective boot after surgery and led the team to 50 wins in spite of a historic number of injuries to his key players. McMillan coached the Blazers until March 15, 2012.
McMillan was an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski for the US national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship and in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning bronze and gold medals, respectively. He is a member of the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame, due to his All-American performance at Chowan. McMillan again served as an assistant coach under Krzyzewski for the US national team during the 2012 London Summer Olympics. On July 1, 2013, McMillan was hired by the Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach for the 2013–14 season, he replaced Brian Shaw. In May 2016, after former head coach Frank Vogel's contract was not extended, McMillan was promoted to replace Vogel as the Pacers' coach, his son Jamelle played as a guard for the Arizona State Sun Devils and is an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns. List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game Career NBA stats as a player Career NBA stats as a coach
Brad Daugherty (basketball)
Bradley Lee Daugherty is an American retired basketball player, co-owner of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team JTG Daugherty Racing. He played college basketball at the University of North Carolina and professionally with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Daugherty played basketball at Charles D. Owen High School in Black Mountain, North Carolina, where he led the Warhorses to the 1982 state finals. Daugherty accepted a scholarship to play at the University of North Carolina under legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith. Daugherty was one of the greatest big men to play at the University of North Carolina, he entered college as a 16-year-old freshman and was a two-time All-ACC first team selection, a first team All-American in 1986. He was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team in 2002 and was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Daugherty averaged more than twenty points per game in his senior season. Daugherty was taken as the first overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1986 NBA draft.
Cleveland had obtained the rights to the first pick in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers for Roy Hinson and cash. The Cavaliers drafted Ron Harper with the eighth pick in the 1986 draft and obtained the rights to Mark Price the 25th pick. Harper and Daugherty, along with fellow rookie John "Hot Rod" Williams began to pay dividends for Cleveland. Daugherty and Harper were all named to the 1986–87 All-Rookie team. Daugherty averaged nineteen points and ten rebounds per game over eight seasons in the NBA and retired as the Cavaliers all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Daugherty's all time-leading scorer record stood until March 21, 2008, when LeBron James broke the point record against the Toronto Raptors, his leading rebounder record stood until December 9, 2008, when Žydrūnas Ilgauskas broke the rebound record, again against the Raptors. He played in 41 postseason games and led the Cavaliers as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in 1992. Brad was a five time All-Star; as part of the Cavaliers' 30th anniversary in 1999–2000, Daugherty was a unanimous selection to the All-Time Cleveland Cavalier team.
Daugherty's career in the NBA was cut short at the age of 28 because of recurrent back troubles. He never played another game after the 1993–94 season, though he did make one appearance in uniform for the Whoopi Goldberg movie Eddie along with teammates Hot Rod Williams, John Battle, Terrell Brandon, Bobby Phills. After two consecutive seasons of inactivity, he announced his retirement after the 1995–96 season, his #43 jersey, a number he picked as a tribute to NASCAR legend Richard Petty was retired by the Cavaliers on March 1, 1997. Daugherty's business interests include waste management and commercial real estate, he is a college basketball analyst and NASCAR broadcaster for ESPN. For one season, he was a color commentator, alongside Michael Reghi, for Cleveland Cavaliers telecasts, he is active in many charities including hosting the Presbyterian Home for Children's annual golf tournament, which raises money in support of the home, located in Black Mountain. He has sponsored an annual scholarship to help a child from Presbyterian Home receive a higher education.
At UNC, he has given to the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History and has served on the Board of Visitors and the athletic council of the General Alumni Association Board. Following his retirement from the NBA, Daugherty co-owned a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team featuring such drivers as Kenny Irwin Jr. and Kevin Harvick. In 1997 Irwin won two Craftsman Truck Series races driving for Daugherty. Daugherty joined ESPN's return to NASCAR racing telecasts in 2007, he was an analyst on the weekly topical show Inside NASCAR on Showtime, on NASCAR Now, a nightly newscast on the sport. He is part owner of JTG Daugherty Racing, which owns the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Ryan Preece and the No. 37 driven by Chris Buescher. On October 28, 2014 it was announced that Daugherty would serve as an NBA and college basketball analyst for ESPN, beginning in November. Nba.com/historical/playerfile NBA.com profile Brad Daugherty ESPN Bio Career stats at basketball-reference.com "From Basketball to Business" Asheville-Citizen Times interview, June 15, 2008
John Thomas Salley is an American retired professional basketball player, talk show host. He was the first player in NBA history to play on three championship-winning franchises, as well as the first player in the NBA to win a championship in three decades. After being drafted in the first round out of Georgia Tech in 1986, the 6'11 Salley played both power forward and center for the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, he was a long-time host of the former Fox Sports Net show The Best Damn Sports Show Period. He is a vegan activist and wellness entrepreneur. Salley was born in 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. He holds Georgia Tech's personal fouls record, has had his jersey number 22 retired—a rare honor in college basketball. 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, 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 NBA championship teams, he is among the Pistons' all-time leaders in blocked shots. Under the coaching of Chuck Daly, Salley was part of the Pistons era that featured three consecutive NBA finals appearances; the team's defense oriented style of play earned them the nickname of the NBA's "Bad Boys", with Salley playing alongside Dennis Rodman, Bill Laimbeer, James Edwards, Joe Dumars, Isiah Thomas, Rick Mahorn and Dantley. After losing the 1988 NBA Finals in 7 games to the Lakers, the Pistons turned it around to sweep the Lakers in 4 games in 1989. Salley and the Pistons repeated in 1990 defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in 5 games; the Pistons' run came to an end when the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls swept them in 4 games in the 1991 Eastern Conference finals. Salley was traded to the Miami Heat in 1992 and, a few years after, left unprotected by Miami in the 1995 NBA expansion draft where he got picked up by the inaugural Toronto Raptors team.
In February 1996, he got waived by the club and negotiated a buyout of his contract thus ending his stint with the Raptors during which he averaged 19.3 minutes and 6 points per game. Free of his Raptors contract, in early March 1996, Salley signed a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls, where he played with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoč, former Pistons teammates Dennis Rodman and James Edwards. Following another 10-day contract right after the first one ended, the Bulls signed Salley as a free agent and he spent the rest of the season with the team; the 1995-96 Bulls achieved a record-breaking 72-win season, the best-ever regular season record at the time surpassed by the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors at 73-9, ended with a victory in the NBA championship. After the championship, Salley retired. In September 1996, thirty-two-year-old Salley came out of retirement and went to play in Greece, where he joined the Greek Basket League team Panathinaikos, signing a one-year US$1 million contract.
Before accepting the offer from the Božidar Maljković-coached Panathinaikos, Salley consulted with recent Bulls teammate Toni Kukoč who knew Maljković well having spent four trophy-laden seasons anchoring his late 1980s KK Split teams. Salley made his Panathinaikos debut on 25 September 1996 in EuroLeague away at FC Barcelona, a 77-58 loss during which he scored 5 points before fouling out in only 12 minutes of action. Right away, Salley got on the bad side of coach Maljković who refused to modify his disciplinarian approach in order to accommodate a veteran player with a notable NBA career behind him. Though Salley's performances somewhat improved over the following three EuroLeague outings — 10 points in a home loss versus ASVEL, 9 points and 11 rebounds in a blowout home win versus KK Split, 21 points and 8 rebounds in a win away at minnows Bayer Leverkusen — as he adjusted to European referees and managed to stay out of foul trouble, he continued to butt heads with coach Maljković. After flying back to Athens with the team the morning after the Leverkusen game, Salley refused to go to practice and as a result, got dropped by Maljković for their Greek League game the following day.
He flew back to the United States for meetings with TV executives over a new talk show he had been planning to host for Disney, returning to Athens an hour before the club's Greek Cup game versus P. A. O. K. on 22 October 1996 — a trip that included Salley renting a private Lear jet in Paris for US$20,000 out of his own pocket in order to make it back to Athens in time for the game after having his connecting flight delayed and even renting a helicopter once he landed at Athens' Ellinikon Airport to take him right to Panathinaikos' OACA Hall in the city's Marousi neighbourhood. However, Maljković still refused to include him in the lineup and in response, Salley decided to leave Panathinaikos unilaterally two days after only a month at the club, he appeared in 7 games for Panathinaikos and ended up getting paid about €300,000. In 1999, Salley joined a Lakers team led by superstars Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant and reunited with his former Bulls coach, Phil Jackson, he saw little action for the Lakers en route to their first of three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002.
In 2000, he retired again following the first Lakers championship season after proudly proclaiming that he had won "four championship