Dolph Schayes

In Their Own Words


Basketball: 10th Maccabiah
NBA Top 50 Hall of Fame
International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Dolph Schayes is one of the greatest basketball athletes of all time.  Born in New York, he played college ball at New York University.  Dolph went on to play in the NBA for the Syracuse Nationals from 1948 – 1964.  The Syracuse Nationals became the Philadelphia 76ers in 1965 and Dolph was their first coach.  He later coached the NBA Buffalo Braves franchise.

Dolph was the Head Coach of the Open Men’s Basketball Team at the 10th Maccabiah, which won a gold medal.  He has referred to his experience at the Maccabiah Games as the most important athletic experience he has ever had.  When Dolph marched into the stadium for the Opening Ceremony with his son Danny on the same team and listened to thousands of people singing Hatikvah, he became hooked on Maccabi USA, becoming a lifelong supporter.

Dolph has won many accolades and awards and been inducted into many important Halls of Fame.  However, one thing he is most proud of is that three generations of his family have had the opportunity to participate in the Maccabiah Games.

Dolph and his wife Naomi reside in Syracuse, NY and have four children and seven grandchildren.