|Nationality American / Egyptian|
Pro career 1990–2000
Weight 109 kg
Name Alaa Abdelnaby
Career start 1990
|Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)|
Role Basketball player
Career end 1995
College Duke (1986–1990)
Height 2.08 m
|Born June 24, 1968 (age 47)
Alexandria, Egypt (1968-06-24) |
NBA draft 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25th overall
Education Bloomfield High School, Duke University
Similar People Christian Laettner, Acie Earl, Cherokee Parks, Mahmoud Abdul‑Rauf, Danny Ainge
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
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Alaa Abdelnaby (Arabic: علاء عبد النبي, born June 24, 1968) is a retired Egyptian American professional basketball player. He played for Duke University and then played in the NBA and CBA, among other leagues. Abdelnaby is currently a basketball broadcaster/analyst for CSN Philadelphia, CBS Sports Network, and Westwood One Radio.
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- Early life
- College career
- Professional career
- Broadcasting career
- Personal life
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Abdelnaby was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and moved to the United States with his family in 1971 at the age of two. Abdelnaby is Muslim. He was raised in Nutley and Bloomfield, New Jersey and played on the Bloomfield High School basketball team.
Abdelnaby was selected as a standout American high school athlete as both a McDonald's All-American and a Parade All-American.
Abdelnaby played at Duke University from 1986 to 1990, where he was a Third-Team All-ACC selection as a senior.
Abdelnaby commented on Duke University's academic requirements: "The only way I can make five A's is when I sign my name."
Abdelnaby was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association with the 25th pick of the 1990 NBA Draft, and he spent five years in the league, playing for Portland as well as the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Sacramento Kings. He was signed by the Golden State Warriors but he never played for that franchise.
After leaving the NBA, Abdelnaby played for the Papagou BC (Greece) (1995–1996), the Omaha Racers (CBA) (1996–1997), Olympique Antibes (France) (1997–1998), and the Idaho Stampede (CBA) (1999–2000).
Abdelnaby began broadcasting NBA games in Arabic in 1995 with Orbit Satellite Television and later worked for other Arabic channels.
Abdelnaby currently serves as the color analyst for the Philadelphia 76ers, working alongside play-by-play commentator Marc Zumoff (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia). He is also a CBS Sports Network college basketball in-studio analyst and provides color commentary for on-site NCAA basketball games. Additionally, Abdelnaby does color commentary for Westwood One Radio.
Abdelnaby and his wife, Celeste (née Barnette), also a Duke University graduate, reside in New Jersey and California.