Danny Schayes

In Their Own Words


1977, 1981, 2013 Maccabiah Games – three gold medals
National Basketball Association – 18 years

To say that Basketball is in his blood is no exaggeration for Danny. His father Dolph, Legend of the Maccabiah 2012, is a Basketball legend and ironically was also his coach at his first Maccabiah Games in 1977. Danny was a high school senior when he made the team for those Games and he fondly remembers the final game as the most memorable game he has ever played – through high school, college and the NBA. The USA played a nail-biting game against the Israel National Team and won. He returned four years later before entering into his NBA career to represent the USA at the Games.

In his NBA career, Danny played with several teams including the Utah Jazz, the Denver Nuggets, and finished up his professional basketball career in Florida with the Miami Heat in 1995/96 before moving to the Orlando Magic through 1999. He was also an Executive Director with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA).

Danny has stayed involved with Maccabi USA as a volunteer and coach and speaks about the organization whenever he is given the opportunity. In addition to his work with Maccabi USA, he has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the Anti-Defamation League and the NBRPA.

Danny is a sports columnist for Sheridan Hoops and has authored a soon-to-be-released book, “Fast Broke.” He recently joined Intensity Corporation as a Director of Business Optimization.

Danny and his wife Wendy live in Scottsdale, AZ with their son Logan who is also an aspiring writer and basketball athlete.