Category:Jewish men's basketball players
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1. Ben Auerbach – Benjamin Ben Auerbach was an early American professional basketball player in the American Basketball League. He had a college career for New York University, and, despite the shared surname. Auerbach grew up in New York City, attended DeWitt Clinton High School, playing the guard, he was forced to abstain from playing on the schools varsity team as a freshman because it was not permitted during that era of college basketball. When he became eligible in 1938–39 as a sophomore, it was the first of three seasons he was a full-time starter and he scored 147 points in his first year, one in which the NYU Violets finished with an 11–11 record. This scoring total placed him ninth in the New York City metropolitan area, as the premier player on the team, Auerbach specialized in defending the opponents top scorers, and once he even had to play center in a game against Notre Dame. As a junior in 1939–40, Auerbach helped guide NYU to an 18–0 season record losing their final game to rival City College of New York. He had a successful season as well and was named First Team All-Met. Auerbach was honored with the coveted Haggerty Award, given annually since 1935–36 to the best male collegiate basketball player in the greater New York City area, the Violets did not participate in any postseason tournaments despite their record. The school, citing exhaustion on behalf of the players, declined all invitations, the following year, the team finished with a 13–6 record with Auerbach being the captain. He was declared ineligible for the two games of the year, but still finished in the top 25 for scoring in the metropolitan area. He has since been inducted into the NYU Athletics Hall of Fame, after college, Auerbach played in the American Basketball League, which was semi-professional and considered the top league in the East. His first team was the Brooklyn Celtics, but he played in three games for them toward the end of the 1941 season. He then missed all of the 1941–42 season before joining the Harrisburg Senators the following year, due to World War II, the league only had five total teams. Auerbach only played in one game for the Senators and he joined the Wilmington Bombers the next season as they won the ABL championship, four games to three in a best-of-seven finals, over the Philadelphia Sphas. He played in 20 games and averaged 3.3 points per contest, Wilmington would only finish with a 14–14 record the next year, but Auerbach played in all 28 of their games. He spent two seasons in the league playing for Paterson Crescents, but in neither season did the Crescents qualify for the playoffs. By the time he retired professional basketball, Auerbach had played for four teams, the Brooklyn Celtics, Harrisburg Senators, Wilmington Bombers and Paterson CrescentsBen Auerbach – Auerbach at NYU, c. 1940
2. Red Auerbach – Arnold Jacob Red Auerbach was an American basketball coach of the Washington Capitols, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Boston Celtics. After he retired from coaching, he served as president and front office executive of the Celtics until his death, as a coach, he won 938 games and nine National Basketball Association championships in ten years. Auerbach is remembered as a pioneer of basketball, redefining basketball as a game dominated by team play and defense. He groomed many players who went on to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, additionally, Auerbach was vital in breaking down color barriers in the NBA. Famous for his nature, he was well known for smoking a cigar when he thought a victory was assured, a habit that became, for many. In 1967, the NBA Coach of the Year award, which he had won in 1965, was named the Red Auerbach Trophy, and Auerbach was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969. In 1980, he was named the greatest coach in the history of the NBA by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America, Arnold Jacob Auerbach was one of the four children of Marie and Hyman Auerbach. Hyman was a Russian Jewish immigrant from Minsk, Russia, and Marie Auerbach, Auerbach Sr. had left Russia when he was 13, and the couple owned a delicatessen store and later went into the dry-cleaning business. Little Arnold spent his childhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, playing basketball. With his flaming red hair and fiery temper, Auerbach was soon nicknamed Red, amid the Great Depression, Red played basketball at PS122 and in the Eastern District High School, where he was named Second Team All-Brooklyn by the World-Telegram in his senior year. Auerbach received a scholarship to the basketball program of Bill Reinhart at George Washington University in Washington. Auerbach was a basketball player and graduated with a M. A. in 1941. In those years, Auerbach began to understand the importance of the fast break, in 1941, Auerbach began coaching basketball at the St. Albans School and Roosevelt High School in Washington, D. C. Two years later, he joined the US Navy for three years, coaching the Navy basketball team in Norfolk. There, he caught the eye of Washington millionaire Mike Uline, who hired him to coach the Washington Capitols in the newly founded Basketball Association of America, in the playoffs, however, they were defeated by the Chicago Stags in six games. The next year the Capitols went 28–20 but were eliminated from the playoffs in a one-game Western Division tie-breaker, in the 1948–49 BAA season, the Caps won their first 15 games and finished the season at 38–22. The team reached the BAA Finals, but were beaten by the Minneapolis Lakers, in the next season, the BAA and the rival league National Basketball League merged to become the NBA, and Auerbach felt he had to rebuild his squad. However, owner Uline declined his proposals, and Auerbach resigned, Auerbach was then approached by Ben Kerner, owner of the Tri-Cities BlackhawksRed Auerbach – Boston Celtics president Red Auerbach in front of collage created by his brother, Zang Auerbach
3. David Blatt – David Michael Blatt, is an Israeli-American professional basketball coach, and a former professional basketball player. He is the coach for Darüşşafaka of the Turkish Super League. Blatt played point guard at Princeton University from 1977 to 1981 and he then played professional basketball in Israel for nine of the next twelve years, before an injury ended his playing career, and he began coaching full-time. He is one of the most successful American coaches in European basketball history, as a coach, Blatt has been the Israeli League Coach of the Year four times, the Russian Super League Coach of the Year, and the EuroLeague Coach of the Year. Blatt took over as Clevelands head coach, and led the team to the 2015 NBA Finals in his first season and he guided them to the top of their conference the next year, but was fired mid-season, and subsequently returned to coaching in Europe. David Blatt grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts, and is Jewish, as a boy, he went to a Reform temple, and until his bar mitzvah he attended Hebrew school twice a week. He says that in Israel he became much more Jewish and much more Zionist, in his sophomore year at Princeton, a coach for an Israeli kibbutz team recruited him to play in Israel for the summer. The summer at Kibbutz Gan Shmuel turned out to be a life-changing experience, Blatt graduated from Princeton in 1981 with a B. A. in English literature, completing his senior thesis on Bernard Malamud, author of The Natural. In 1981 he immigrated to Israel, and served in the Israel Defense Forces on the Schneller military base, in 1991 Blatt married Kinneret, from Netanya, Israel, she had played on an Israeli professional basketball team that he coached. They have four children, twin daughters Shani and Adi, daughter Ela and he played high school basketball at Framingham South High School, where he was also high school class president. Blatt, a point guard, played basketball at Princeton University from 1977 to 1981 under coach Pete Carril with the Princeton Tigers. He also participated in the Maccabiah Games as part of the USA national team won a gold medal in 1981. After retiring from basketball as a player, Blatt became assistant manager for Hapoel Galil Elyon, in the middle of the season, the head coach was fired and Blatt took his place. The following year he became Pini Gershons assistant for the 1994–95 season, the next year he won the title of Israeli Coach of the Year for 1996. In 1997 he continued coaching Hapoel Galil Elyon, while becoming the assistant coach of the Israeli National Team. For six years, he coached Russian national basketball team, winning the EuroBasket 2007, Blatt returned to coach Galil Elyon, and remained assistant manager of the Israeli National Team for the next two years. For the 1999–2000 season, he moved to Maccabi Tel Aviv, during that season, his team took part in the Israeli League and Israeli Cup, and also in the EuroLeague, where Maccabi finished in 2nd place. In the years between 2000–04, he continued as assistant coach under Pini Gershon and actively recruited foreign players such as Anthony Parker, during those four years, Maccabi won one EuroLeague title, reached the EuroLeague Final Four, and reached the final stage of the Adriatic LeagueDavid Blatt – Blatt with the Cavaliers in October 2014.
4. David Blu – David Blu is an Israeli American former professional basketball player. He also represented the Israeli national basketball team, standing at 6 ft 7 in, he played at the small forward and power forward positions. He is considered to be one of the top three-point shooters in Euroleague history and his mother is Jewish, and his African American father converted to Judaism. He represented the United States at the Maccabiah Games in 1997, before high school, Blu attended Palms Junior High. He attended the University of Southern California, which was founded by his great-great-great-grandfather, a starter from his sophomore season on, he was consistently one of the top players in the Pac-10. In 2001–02, his season, Blu was named All-Pac 10 honorable mention. He averaged 12.1 points,7.5 rebounds and his most memorable performance remains the 27 points scored against Kentucky in an NCAA Regional Semifinal upset in 2001 made by a Trojans team led by Blumenthal and Brian Scalabrine. After graduation and being undrafted in the 2002 NBA Draft, he went to Europe, during two years with Maccabi Tel Aviv he lifted team to the Euroleague championship in 2004 and the Israeli National Cup twice. He scored 20 points off the bench in the 2004 Euroleague final and he then tried his luck in the NBAs summer league, and was signed by the Sacramento Kings on August 7,2004, as a forward, but was released in November before the 2004–05 season started. In 8 games he shot 69. 6% from 2-point range, after only two months in Russia, he went to Italy to play for Benetton Treviso. He shot over 60% from 2-point range, and over 51% from 3-point range, in the summer of 2005, he signed with Virtus Bologna, and became one of their top players with 20.2 points per game. After the 2005–06 season, he signed with Virtus intense crosstown rivals Fortitudo, during the 2006–07 season for Fortitudo, he averaged 16 points and 4.2 rebounds in Euroleague play, and also made 71. 1% of his two-point shots and 46. 2% of his three-pointers. On June 15,2007, he returned from Fortitudo to Maccabi Tel Aviv and he averaged 8.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 25 Euroleague games for Maccabi as they advanced to the Euroleague final against winners CSKA Moscow. On July 10,2008, he signed a deal with Le Mans. Over 10 games in the Euroleague, he averaged 12.5 points and 3.8 rebounds, in the summer of 2010, Blu yet again returned to Israel and signed a one-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv. He finished the season averages of 9.3 points and 3 rebounds in the Euroleague. In July 2010 Maccabi extended Blu contract for another year, in June 2012 Blu said that he will not return in the club for another season because he wants to finish his school in the USA. In the summer of 2013 Blu signed a new contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv, following his comeback, after up and down season, Maccabi has won the Euroleague, sixth in the clubs history and his secondDavid Blu – Blu playing with Maccabi Tel Aviv
5. Tal Brody – Tal Brody is an American-Israeli former basketball player, and current Goodwill Ambassador of Israel, who lives in Israel. Brody was drafted #12 in the National Basketball Association draft and he played on national basketball teams of both the United States and Israel, and served in the armies of both countries. A New Jersey All Star basketball player in school, Brody led his team to an undefeated state championship. In college, he was a high-scoring, slick-passing All-American and All-Big Ten guard in 1965 and that year, he was drafted 12th in the NBA draft. Before the NBA season started, he traveled to Israel where he led the American team to a medal in the 1965 Maccabiah Games. Convinced by Moshe Dayan and others to return to Israel to help elevate the countrys basketball team and morale, in 1977, he led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the European Cup Basketball Championship. Along the way, his team defeated the heavily favored Soviet Red Army team CSKA Moscow, Brodys famous remark upon beating the Soviets – We are on the map. And we are staying on the map – not only in sports, – became a part of Israeli culture. It has been used for decades in various contexts, from political speeches to National Lottery commercials, Brody is Jewish, and the son of Max and Shirley Brody. His father and paternal grandfather had emigrated from Eastern Europe to the United States and his father spent three years in Palestine in the 1920s, working as an engineer on the construction of the Rothenberg electric station, the countrys first. Both his father and his grandfather, who lived in Palestine for 10 years, helped build the countrys first airfield, Brody has an older sister, Renee. He was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Brody started playing basketball at age 8 in the Biddy Basketball League of the Trenton Jewish Community Center, in the Police Athletic League, and in the local Boys Club League. He then attended Trenton Central High School, there, he was a New Jersey basketball All Star selected to the First Team All-State Team by The Star-Ledger in his senior year, and led his undefeated 24–0 team to a state championship. Asked by his yearbook what he wanted to be in his life, he said that he would like to either a professional basketball player. Over 40 colleges approached Brody with scholarship offers, conceding that the university was in fact a big one, Brody nevertheless told the coach that he liked the challenge of trying to be a big fish in a big pond. Brody attended the University of Illinois, on the social side, he joined Zeta Beta Tau, the campus Jewish fraternity. The basketball-focused Brody would sleep with his basketball, and dribble it to class, at the time, freshmen were not allowed to play on the varsity basketball team, but as a sophomore he replaced the just-graduated Jerry Colangelo. Brody was an outstanding 6 feet 1.5 inches basketball star for the Illini and he was quick, slick, smart, and an excellent shooter and passerTal Brody – Tal Brody, in March 2011
6. Larry Brown (basketball) – Lawrence Harvey Larry Brown is an American basketball coach, who was most recently head mens basketball coach at Southern Methodist University. He is the coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA national championship and an NBA title. He also won an ABA championship as a player with the Oakland Oaks in the 1968–69 season, and he is also the only person ever to coach two NBA franchises in the same season. Before coaching, Brown played collegiately at the University of North Carolina and he has been a basketball coach since 1972. Brown was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on September 27,2002, Brown is Jewish, and was born in Brooklyn, New York. A5 ft 9 in point guard, he attended Long Beach High School and then played at the University of North Carolina under legendary coaches Frank McGuire and Dean Smith. During that time Brown was selected for the 1964 Summer Olympics team, on which he played and with which he won a gold medal, Brown was named MVP of the ABAs first All-Star Game in 1968, and was named to the All-ABA Second Team the same year. Brown led the ABA in assists per game during the leagues first three seasons, and when he ended his career, Brown was the ABAs all-time assist leader. His total of 2,509 assists places him seventh on the ABAs career list, Browns first head coaching job was at Davidson College in North Carolina in 1969. Unfortunately for Wildcat fans, it would only last during the summer offseason, Brown moved on to the ABA and coached with the Carolina Cougars and then the Denver Nuggets, who later joined the NBA in 1976, for five and a half seasons from 1974 to 1979. He then moved on to coach for UCLA, leading his freshman-dominated 1979–80 team to the NCAA title game before falling to Louisville, 59–54. However, that appearance was vacated by the NCAA after two UCLA players were found to be ineligible—one of the few times a Final Four squad has had its record vacated. Brown was the coach for the NBAs New Jersey Nets for two years following that, from 1981 to 1983. Brown began his tenure at the University of Kansas, replacing the fired Ted Owens, who had overseen back-to-back losing seasons in 1981-82 and 1982-83. In the meantime Brown signed the most coveted high school player in the country, Danny Manning, to play for KU after signing his father, Ed Manning, perhaps Browns finest team at Kansas was the 1985-86 team. This squad put together a 35-4 record, the first 30-win season in KU history, in the 1987-88 season, Kansas got off to a mediocre 12–8 start, including 1–4 in the Big 8, and the end of the Jayhawks 55-game homecourt winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas then proceeded to defeat 11th-seed Xavier, 14th-seed Murray State, and 7th-seed Vanderbilt before meeting rival Kansas State, KU upset the 4th-seeded Wildcats 71-58 in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four in Kansas Citys Kemper Arena. Once there, Kansas upset the East Regions #2 seed Duke, 66-59, Manning, who scored 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the final, was named Most Oustanding Player of the TournamentLarry Brown (basketball) – Brown in 2005 as coach of the New York Knicks
7. Tal Burstein – Tal Burstein is a retired Israeli professional basketball player. He played at the point guard position and also as a swingman and he has also been named as one of the best Israeli basketball players ever. He last played for the Maccabi Tel Aviv, Burstein is Jewish, and was born in Petach Tikva, Israel. Tal Burstein began his career with the Bnei-Herzliya junior team. In the 1997–1998 season, he made his debut and he was named the Israeli League Rookie of the Year. He became a captain in the 1999–2000 season. In the 2001–02 season, he led the Israeli League in three-point field goal percentage, since 2000–01, he has played with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He became a starter in his first season in Tel Aviv, with the club, Burstein has won 8 Israeli National Championships and 6 Israeli State Cups. He has also won 3 European championships with Maccabi, the 2001 FIBA SuproLeague championship, after the 2008–009 season, Burstein left Maccabi Tel Aviv and signed with the Spanish team Fuenlabrada. A year later, Burstein returned to Maccabi on a three-year contract, in August 2012, he announced retirement from professional basketball after learning that he would have to undergo surgery on his injured hip, which would take him away from the whole next season. Burstein has played for all of the Israeli junior national teams, in August 2000, he was the captain of the under-20 national team, which won a silver medal at the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship in Ohrid, Macedonia. In August 2001, Burstein was a member of the Israeli Under-22 national team at the FIBA Under-21 World Championship in Saitama, Japan, where his team finished in 7th place. He also played with the mens team, the Israeli national basketball team at the 2003 European Championship in Sweden. As of 2008, Burstein was a captain on Israels national team and he plays as the national teams first shooting guard and he can also play as a point guard if neededTal Burstein – Burstein playing with Maccabi Tel Aviv
8. Omri Casspi – Omri Moshe Casspi is an Israeli professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He is 6 ft 9 in tall, and plays the forward position. He was drafted 23rd overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings, with his Kings debut in 2009, Casspi became the first Israeli to play in an NBA game. The Cleveland Cavaliers traded for him in June 2011 and he signed with the Houston Rockets in July 2013. In July 2014, Casspi was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a three-team trade and he then returned to Sacramento prior to the 2014–15 season. In February 2017, he was traded to to the Pelicans alongside DeMarcus Cousins, Casspi is Jewish, was born in Holon, Israel, and grew up in Yavne. He is the son of Shimon and Ilana, and has a brother, Eitan. Both of Casspis parents are Israeli-born and of Moroccan Jewish heritage, as a child, Casspi played for junior programs at Elitzur Yavne and Maccabi Rishon LeZion. When he was 13, he moved to the Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team, having previously played for Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team, Casspi made his professional debut at age 17 with Maccabi Tel Aviv during the 2005–06 season. In his rookie season as the player, he had averages of 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game in the Israeli League. In 2006, he was loaned to Hapoel Galil Elyon for the 2006–07 season, going on to win the 2007 Discovery of the Year award and he averaged 11.1 points and 3.1 rebounds over 28 games. In April 2007, he scored 14 points for the World Select team at the Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis, Casspi returned to Maccabi for the 2007–08 season. The team reached the Euroleague Finals in 2008, Casspi received the 2008 Israeli League Sixth Man of the Year award, averaging 10.4 points and 4 rebounds per game. In February 2009, he finished in place in voting for the FIBA Europe Young Mens Player of the Year Award for the 2008–09 season, behind Ricky Rubio, Danilo Gallinari. Maccabi won a championship in 2009. In the same season, Casspis role in the increased in the Israeli League. Over 27 league games, Casspi averaged 12.8 points,4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists, all career-highs. In 2008, Casspi declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA draft, on June 25,2009, Casspi was selected with the 23rd overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2009 NBA draft, becoming the first Israeli player selected as a first-round draft pickOmri Casspi – Casspi with the Kings
9. Tanhum Cohen-Mintz – Tanhum Cohen-Mintz was an Israeli basketball player. He was 68 tall, and played center, Cohen-Mintz, who was Jewish, was born in Riga, Latvia. Cohen-Mintz started his career in tennis, following the footsteps of his mother, Edith Cohen-Mintz. He himself was Israels junior tennis champion and he was viewed on the tennis court by legendary basketball coach Yehoshua Rozin, who was impressed by his height and athletic abilities. Rozin convinced Cohen-Mintz to convert to basketball and he played for Maccabi Tel Aviv. He also played for and was captain of the Israel national basketball team, playing for it 89 times from 1958–71 and he was a starting-five member of the 1964 and 1965 European All-Star Team. In 1961, he was selected as Israels Sportsman of the Year, in 1998, Maariv named him one of the five best basketball players in Israels history. His son, Uri Cohen-Mintz, is also a basketball player and had also played for Israels national team. Cohen-Mintz died October 11,2014, at the age of 75, of cancerTanhum Cohen-Mintz – Cohen-Mintz playing for Israel against Poland, 1962
10. Jeff Cohen (basketball) – Jeffrey Maxwell Cohen was an All-American basketball player at the College of William & Mary in 1960-61. He was selected as the 14th pick in the round of the 1961 NBA Draft by the Chicago Packers. At William & Mary, Cohen played his way into the NCAA record books and he is the ninth all-time leading rebounder in the pre-1973 college basketball era, having grabbed 1,679 boards. He is one of very few men’s basketball players in NCAA history to score 2,000 points, at the time of his graduation, he was only one of 10 players to ever accomplish that feat. Cohens 2,003 career points rank third all-time at William & Mary and he was a three-time All-Southern Conference selection from 1959 to 1961, and in 1990 he had his jersey number retired posthumously. Additionally, Jeff set a W&M single game scoring record of 49 points on February 25,1961 and he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Despite being drafted to the NBA, Jeff was never signed by any team and he spent some time playing professionally in the now-defunct American Basketball League from 1961 to 1963. As a member of the Hawaii Chiefs, he averaged 10.8 points,6.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game for the 1961-62 season. The following season, Cohen averaged 12.5 points,8.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists while playing for the Chicago Majors, List of NCAA Division I mens basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds List of NCAA Division I mens basketball career rebounding leadersJeff Cohen (basketball) – Jeff Cohen
11. Shawn Dawson – Shawn Dawson is an Israeli professional basketball player for Maccabi Rishon LeZion of the Israeli Premier League. He is also a member of the Israeli national team, Dawson was born in Eilat, Israel. He is the son of Joe Dawson, an American basketball player who played in Israel for more than 20 years and his parents divorced when he was 11, and he lived with his mother in Eilat. He played in Hapoel Eilat youth teams until he was 14, before moving to live with his father and his brother, Tyler. He then joined the Maccabi Rishon LeZion youth team, in 2012, Dawson joined the Maccabi Rishon LeZion senior team and made his debut in the Israeli Basketball Premier League during the 2012–13 season. In 24 games as a rookie, he averaged 3.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. In 2013–14, Dawson played in 29 games for Maccabi, averaging 10.5 points,5.1 rebounds,1.4 assists,1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. Dawson made his break in 2014–15, as he led Maccabi Rishon LeZion to the playoffs and earned All-Israeli League First Team honours, as well as being named the Israeli League Rising Star. In 39 games in 2014–15, he averaged 14.6 points,5.9 rebounds,2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game, Dawson declared himself eligible for the 2015 NBA draft, but he went undrafted. He went on to help Maccabi Rishon win their first ever championship in 2015–16 after scoring 21 points against Hapoel Jerusalem in the final game. In 39 games in 2015–16, he averaged 15.2 points,5.7 rebounds,2.8 assists,1.8 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, in July 2016, Dawson joined the Washington Wizards for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On August 12,2016, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, however, he was later waived by the Pelicans on October 21 after appearing in three preseason games. Three days later, he returned to Maccabi Rishon LeZion, Dawson represents the Israel national team, and played for the squad at EuroBasket 2015. Dawsons profile at fiba. com Dawsons profile at draftexpress. comShawn Dawson – Dawson with Maccabi Rishon LeZion in 2015
12. Norm Drucker – Norm Drucker was a major influence in professional basketball officiating for over 35 years. Drucker was born in New York City, New York and he was hired as a referee by the National Basketball Association in 1953. By the early 60s he was regularly officiating two to four games in the NBA Finals each season and their contracts were the first multi-year officiating contracts in pro basketball history. Such was Druckers stature and reputation, that his salary, as a referee and Supervisor of Officials. It made him, at time, the highest paid referee in the history of basketball. Within a year, all other pro basketball officials benefited, as their salaries more than doubled, as a result, officiating professional basketball evolved from a part-time second job, to a full-time career, with greatly improved working conditions, benefits and pension plans. In the ABA, Drucker officiated and also served as the leagues Supervisor of Officials, with the ABA-NBA merger in 1976, Drucker was one of only a handful of ABA referees hired by the NBA to return. When he retired after the 1976-77 NBA season to become the NBAs Supervisor of Officials and it remains the record for longest tenure for a pro referee among those whose entire career was during the era of only two referees per game. During that span he officiated 6 All-Star Games, a higher total than any official in pro basketball history other than Mendy Rudolph. When he retired, his total of 38 NBA and ABA championship round games officiated was the second highest in pro basketball history. In his 24-year officiating career, Drucker was well known for his even-handed officiating for visiting teams in an era when many officials were criticized as homers - favoring the home team. For 14 seasons, from 1963 through 1977, Drucker along with Mendy Rudolph, of the nearly 400 referees who have officiated in the NBA and ABA, only two others Mendy Rudolph and Joe Crawford have officiated in more deciding games. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he was involved in what the press called a heated feud with legendary Boston Celtic coach Red Auerbach and his second ejection of Auerbach in a one-month period led to the coachs 3-game suspension by NBA president Maurice Podoloff on November 13,1961. Druckers career gave him a view of key moments of the NBAs first 35 seasons. He was the last active NBA referee to have officiated in 1953-54—the last season before the NBA introduced the 24-second clock. That same season, he was selected to officiate the only game in NBA history that experimented with rims 12 feet, rather than 10 feet. He officiated the games when Bob Pettit scored his 15, 000th career point and Wilt Chamberlain scored his 25, Drucker is also the link to referees whose careers span the entire history of the NBA. At the end of his career, Drucker demonstrated a commitment to improving the salary, benefitsNorm Drucker – Pictured 1969
13. Lior Eliyahu – Lior Eliyahu is an Israeli professional basketball player who plays for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Super League. He is 2.03 m in height and he weighs 105 kg and he plays at the power forward position. The Minnesota Timberwolves own his NBA Draft rights, Eliyahu is Jewish, and was born in Ramat Gan, Israel. Eliyahu grew up in the system of Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan. The move paid off when, under the guidance of Oded Katash, after the 2005–06 season, Eliyahu entered the 2006 NBA Draft, a move criticized by Hanoch Mintz, Eliyahus coach during his time in Ramat Gan. In pre-draft camps in Europe, Eliyahu impressed along with fellow Israeli Yotam Halperin, on June 28,2006, he made national headlines in Israel by being selected by the Orlando Magic with the 44th pick of the 2006 NBA Draft. He was later traded to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations and he also impressed during matches of Maccabi against NBA teams. During the Euroleague 2006-07 season, Eliyahu averaged 10.8 points per game, in December 2008, Eliyahu became the first Israeli to be named the Euroleague MVP of the Month during the season. He recorded a double in all three games he played during December. Overall for the 2008–09 Euroleague season, Eliyahu averaged 14.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, in September 2010 he returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv, signing a five-year contract. On June 26,2012, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded the 18th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chase Budinger, in November 2013, he signed a three-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem. Eliyahu has also been a member of the senior Israeli national basketball team and he played at the EuroBasket 2007, the EuroBasket 2009 and the EuroBasket 2011. FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, All Tournament Team EuroChallenge, All-Star Note and he also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable. List of select Jewish basketball players Lior Eliyahu at draftexpress. com Lior Eliyahu at eurobasket. com Lior Eliyahu at euroleague. netLior Eliyahu – Lior Eliyahu
14. Simon Farine – Simon Farine is a Canadian basketball player who currently plays for Ironi Kiryat Ata of the Israeli Super League. Farine was born in Toronto, Ontario, playing for the powerhouse Northern Secondary School Red Knights, Farine was a three sport star. After mulling offers from Division I schools such as, Davidson, Boston University, Simon committed to the Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix to start his college career. Appearing in 27 games he averaged 1.4 ppg in limited action, after one year at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Simon decided to transfer to the Dalhousie Tigers of the CIS where he felt he would be able to develop more with increased playing time. After redshirting the 06–07 season, Farine was out to prove his doubters wrong in his first season of Canadian university basketball and he averaged 15.9 ppg 5.0 ast 5.8 reb, but was not satisfied by his teams overall performance. Averaging 29.7 pts,7.7 rebs, and 6.0 ast a game in the playoffs, Farine showed that he was ready for the challenge. Farine put together another big year in the 09–10 season, where he led the Dalhousie Tigers by averaging 21.9 pts,6.5 reb, and 5.5 ast. Simon had an impressive Assist to Turnover ratio of 3.09, unfortunately, the Tigers could not repeat as AUS champions as they lost to Cape Breton in the semi-finals. Going into his last season with the Tigers, Simon showed his determination and toughness by appearing in all 20 games and averaging 36 minutes a game. With Season Averages of 19.1 ppg,6.4 reb, Simon was named Tournament MVP, as well as the Player of the Game in the Championship game, where he scored 24 points. Farine was named a CIS All-Canadian, and First Team AUS All Star, Simon scored 1452 regular season points over his career at Dalhousie, making him the second leading scorer in Tigers history. Following a successful career, Simon decided to play professionally for the 2011–12 season. Following a June tryout in South Florida, Simon signed a deal with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Super League. He’s a physical guard, strong rebounder, with a touch from mid-range. Simon struggled to get consistent playing time in his first professional season, appearing in 16 games, Simon averaged 11 minutes a game, scoring 2. 3ppg. Simon headed back to Israel for the 2012–2013 season excited at the opportunity his new team presents. ”Simon had a reason to be excited at the opportunity in Tivon, as he went on to start all 31 games and rank 3rd in the league in minutes per game at 35.9. While the team had an inconsistent season finishing with a record of 8–18, Simon was a steady contributor and led the team onto the court each night. Showing his continued development, Simon went on to average 15.5 pts,4.6 reb,3.8 ast, Farine decided to continue his professional career in Israel by signing a one-year contract with Ironi Kiryat Ata of the Israeli National LeagueSimon Farine – Simon Farine
15. Jordan Farmar – Jordan Robert Farmar is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. In high school, he was named the Los Angeles Times High-School Player of the Year in 2003–04, playing for UCLA in college, he was the Rivals. com National Freshman of the Year in 2004–05. Farmar was selected 26th overall in the first round of the 2006 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, with the Lakers, he won two NBA championships in 2009 and 2010. Farmar was born in Los Angeles and his mothers father, Dr. Howard Baker, attended UCLA and worked at the UCLA Medical Center as a neurologist. Farmar has a half-sister, Shoshana Kolani, farmars parents divorced when he was two years old, and he went to live with his mother. She soon met and married her current husband, Israeli Yehuda Kolani from Tel Aviv, Farmar is Jewish, as are his mother and stepfather. He attended Hebrew school and had his bar mitzvah at Temple Judea in Tarzana, Farmar started playing basketball at age 4. He credits his stepfather Yehuda Kolani with instilling discipline, mental strength, persistence, Farmar inherited his competitive drive from his father and mentor, Damon Farmar, who played football and baseball at University High and baseball in the minor leagues. The younger Farmar spent hours in his fathers clubhouses, with his fathers teammates, farmars godfather is former major league baseball player Eric Davis. At Taft High School, Farmar scored a record 54 points in a single game, as a junior, he averaged 28.5 points per game,8.0 rebounds,5.9 assists, and 4.5 steals. As a senior, he averaged 27.5 points and 6.5 assists and he had over 2,000 points in two seasons at Taft. Farmar was named the Los Angeles Times Player of the Year, LA City Co-Player of the Year and he was a teammate with former New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith. Additionally, he was selected to play in the McDonalds High School All American game, considered one of the elite point guards in the nation at UCLA, Farmar was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team and the all Pac-10 Tournament team. As a freshman in 2004–05, Farmar was the Rivals. com National Freshman of the Year and he was named All-Pac-10 First Team the next season. In the 2006 NCAA Tournament, Farmar led the UCLA Bruins to the National Championship game against the Florida Gators, Farmar led all scorers with 18 points, and finished with 2 rebounds,4 assists, and 2 steals. Farmar made a steal and assist at the end of UCLAs Sweet Sixteen matchup with the Gonzaga Bulldogs. On April 20,2006, he declared for the NBA Draft, Farmar impressed NBA scouts at the pre-draft combine with a 42-inch vertical leap, the highest of any player there. Later, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 26th pick in the NBA draft, on July 8,2006, he made his debut at the Summer Pro League, which was held at the Walter PyramidJordan Farmar – Farmar with Maccabi Tel Aviv
16. Bernie Fliegel – Bernard Bernie Fliegel was an American standout basketball player for the City College of New York during the late 1930s, and later, a professional in the American Basketball League. Fliegel was born in New York City on May 13,1918 and his parents were both immigrants, his mother was Russian and his father was Lithuanian. At age 12, his family moved to the Bronx from Manhattan on account of his fathers illness, in high school, Fliegel began playing basketball at DeWitt Clinton High School. He grew to be 6 ft 3 in tall and became known for his basketball abilities and he led DeWitt to the Public Schools Athletic League championship over powerhouse Thomas Jefferson High School of Brooklyn as a senior in 1933–34. Fliegel, a center, was named to the all-city third team despite rarely even shooting the basketball and he then graduated in 1934, at age 16, and enrolled at the City College of New York. Fliegel played basketball for the Beavers all four years he attended and his freshman year, however, was spent on the junior varsity squad, but when he became a sophomore Fliegel suited up for Nat Holmans varsity team. Midway through his season, Fliegel became a regular starter. Although he had played the position in high school, Holman also used him as a guard and forward. The Beavers finished 10–4 in his first year on varsity, including a close four-point loss to the national champions. The following year, he accounted for approximately one-fifth of CCNYs total scoring en route to a 10–6 record and that season, Basketball Hall of Fame coach Clair Bee said that Fliegel was. the best player in the city. Fliegels senior season in 1937–38 was one filled with awards, records and he was the only player on CCNY over 6 ft 0 in tall, so he routinely played taller players than himself. Despite the frequent height disadvantage, he led all of New York Citys college players with 12.8 points per game. He scored 205 points in 16 games, which was a record for 12 years. Fliegel was the player named as a consensus First Team All-Metropolitan selection. Newspaper Enterprise Association also named him a First Team All-American, after graduating at age 19, Fliegel enrolled in the Fordham University School of Law. He also began playing professionally in the American Basketball League for Kate Smiths Celtics, the Colonials won the regular season championship but were upset by the Jersey Reds in the playoffs. The next season, Fliegels team was eliminated in the once again after finishing 19–15. Fliegel stayed with the franchise despite it being relocated once again in 1940–41, the Brooklyn Celtics, as they became known, played well in the regular season with Fliegel as their third-leading scorerBernie Fliegel – Fliegel (left) with head coach Nat Holman
17. Hy Gotkin – Hyman Hy Gotkin was an American professional basketball player who played the guard position. He was Jewish, and attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn and he played basketball for St. Johns University from 1942–44, as they won the National Invitational Tournament championships in 1943 and 1944. He had a professional career, playing in the American Basketball League. Gotkin died in 2004 at the age of 81 and he is a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame and St. Johns Athletic Hall of Fame and the Jewish National Hall of FameHy Gotkin – Hy Gotkin
18. Yaniv Green – Yaniv Green is an Israeli retired professional basketball player. Green is a 2.04 m tall forward-center and he is the most capped player in the history of the Israeli national basketball team, with 189 appearances. Yaniv was a factor in the surprising second-place finish of the U-20 Israeli national team at the 2000 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. He was also a part of the team played at the FIBA Under-21 World Championship. Green Has played in every European championship, from Eurobasket 2001 to Eurobasket 2015, at Eurobasket 2007, Green was the leading rebounder, averaging 9.3 rebounds per game. His highest performance was pulling 16 rebounds in a second match against Croatia. On 10 September 2015, Green played his 189th match for the team, making him the most capped player in Israeli national team history. He also managed to get 1,478 points which places him in the top 5 of the points leaders of the national sideYaniv Green – Yaniv Green shooting a free throw
19. Ernie Grunfeld – Ernest Ernie Grunfeld is the General Manager of the Washington Wizards. He was also once a basketball player. Born in Satu Mare, Romania, Grunfeld immigrated with his parents, Alex and Livia and he grew up in Forest Hills, in Queens, New York City, where he attended Forest Hills High School. Grunfeld was selected to participate as a member of the American basketball team at the 1973 Maccabiah Games, the U. S. team was defeated by Israel in the final game. He attended the University of Tennessee, where he played basketball with future NBA Hall of Famer Bernard King, nicknamed the Ernie and Bernie Show, they averaged over 40 points per game. With 2,249 points, he set a new record as the schools leading scorer. The record was broken by Allan Houston in 1993, Grunfeld played on the team that won a gold medal at the 1975 Pan American Games. He also participated in the event at the 1976 Summer Olympics. He became an American citizen that year, Grunfeld was drafted 11th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1977 NBA draft. He played with team for two years and moved to the Kansas City Kings for the 1979–82 seasons. In 1979 he led the NBA in games played, with 82, in 1981 he had a.535 field goal percentage. The Knicks signed him as an agent in 1982, and he played there for four years. He retired following the 1985–86 season, Grunfeld averaged 7.4 points per game in his NBA career. In 1982 he averaged 12.7 points a game, and 21.8 per 40 minutes, in 1986 he was third in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage, with.426. He finished his career with a.477 field goal percentage and his playoff shooting percentages were even better. After he retired from the NBA, Grunfeld was the Knicks radio analyst for the MSG Network from 1986–89 and he then briefly worked under Stu Jackson as an assistant coach for the Knicks before starting his career in administration. Grunfeld was appointed director of administration in the 1990–91 season and was moved to vice-president of player personnel on April 23,1991 and he was then appointed vice president and general manager on July 21,1993. He became president and general manager on February 23,1996, during his time with the Knicks, Grunfeld and his family were residents of Franklin Lakes, New JerseyErnie Grunfeld – Ernie Grunfeld
20. Dror Hajaj – Dror Hagag is an Israeli professional basketball player. He plays at the point guard position and he currently plays with the pro club Maccabi Rishon LeZion. He also played for the Israeli National Team, at 178 centimeters, he was the joint-shortest player in the Israeli League in the Israeli 2007-08 season, along with Jerel Blassingame. In 2008, Hagag signed a contract with the Euroleague club Maccabi Tel Aviv. On 12 August 2009 he was released from his contract and signed with Israeli vice-champion Maccabi HaifaDror Hajaj – Dror Hagag (left) playing with Maccabi Tel-Aviv during The IDF Officers Championship 2008. From left to right: Hagag, Derrick Sharp, Tal Russo and Tal Burstein.
21. Yotam Halperin – Yotam Halperin is an Israeli professional basketball player for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Basketball Super League. He is a 1.96 m tall combo guard and he was named to the 2007–08 All-EuroLeague Second Team. Halperin is Jewish, and was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and he played in the Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team and won two Israeli Youth League titles. Simultaneously, He led his school basketball team into winning the national title. Halperin debuted in Maccabi senior team at the age of 17 in a EuroLeague game against Alba Berlin, in his first years with Maccabi, Yotam had barely gained minutes behind stars as Ariel McDonald and Šarūnas Jasikevičius. In his first three seasons he averaged 12.3 minutes per game in the Israeli BSL, Halperin has won the 2003–04 Euroleague title with Maccabi. He scored 7 points and passed 4 assists in the final against Skipper Bologna, the team were able to win the 2004–05 Euroleague as well, but Halperin didnt have a major part in the success. On August 31,2005 Yotam signed a contract with Slovenian League Champions Union Olimpija. Maccabi agreed to release Halperin, in order for him to experience at the EuroLeague level. Halperin immediately took a role in the team, averaging 13.9 points in 36 minutes per game during the 2005–06 Euroleague. At the domestic level, he won the Slovenian National Cup, after his breakout season with Union Olimpija, Halperin declared himself as available for the 2006 NBA Draft. The NBA Mock draft websites didnt project him to be drafted at all, despite the earlier predictions, Halperin was selected in the 2nd round by the Seattle SuperSonics. After failing to gain a contract in the NBA, Yotam has signed a three-years deal with former club Maccabi Tel Aviv. He had bigger part in the team rotation then his first term with the team, gaining more than 24 minutes per game, in the 2007–08 Euroleague season Halperin helped Maccabi reach the EuroLeague final. His good performance has earned him a place in the All-EuroLeague 2nd Team, on June 25,2008 Yotam has signed a deal with EuroLeague team Olympiacos Piraeus. The contract was worth 4.5 million USD spread over three years, the buy-out from Maccabi, in which he had a contract in, had cost Olympiacos 950, 000USD. In Olympiacos Halperin joined his former teammate Nikola Vujcic, and former EuroLeague MVP Theodoros Papaloukas, the team has reached 2008–09 Euroleague final four losing to Arch enemies Panathinaikos in the semis. A year later reached the 2009–10 Euroleague final but lost to FC BarcelonaYotam Halperin – Halperin in a Maccabi jersey.
22. Nadav Henefeld – Nadav Henefeld is a former Israeli basketball player. A2.00 tall power forward born in Ramat Gan, Israel and he returned to Israel in 1990 where he played for Maccabi Tel Aviv for 12 years, until his retirement from basketball. During this time he helped his team reach the Euroleague Final Four on three occasions, in 2000,2001 and 2002, winning the trophy in 2001, Henefeld was a regular member of the Israeli national teamNadav Henefeld – Nadav Henefeld, 2005
23. Sidney Hertzberg – Sidney Sonny Hertzberg was an American pro basketball player. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and died in Woodmere, Hertzberg played for Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn and at City College, where he was a teammate of longtime Knicks coach Red Holzman. He was a member of the original New York Knickerbockers, playing for them in 1946/1947, the 5-foot-9 guard scored a team-high 14 points in the Knicks first home game in 1946. He later became the scorer of the Boston Celtics in 1949/1950. He later was a scout and assistant coach for the Knicks, after ending his basketball career at the age of 28, Hertzberg went on to become a managing director of Bear Stearns, an investment banking and brokerage firm. List of select Jewish basketball players Knicks. com – Remembering Sonny The First Basket – Documentary FilmSidney Hertzberg – Hertzberg circa 1949
24. Art Heyman – Arthur Bruce Art Heyman was an American professional basketball player. Heyman, who was Jewish, was born in New York City, at the last moment, however, Heyman changed his mind and agreed to play for the Tar Heels greatest rivals, the Duke Blue Devils. During one of the Duke-North Carolina freshman games, North Carolina freshman Dieter Krause attacked Heyman, Heyman needed five stitches after the attack. During his sophomore season, Heyman starred for the varsity team, on February 4,1961, the Duke and North Carolina freshman teams had played the first game of the double header. There were multiple fights during the game, and North Carolina had finished the game only three players on the floor. Brown threw the ball and then a punch at Heyman, touching off a general melee, the melee lasted about ten minutes, and despite Heyman being ejected for fighting, his 36 points had given Duke the victory, 81–77. Brown, Walsh and Heyman were all suspended for the remainder of the ACC season, Heyman was allowed to play in non-conference games, and the ACC Tournament. At the time, only the champion was admitted to the NCAA Tournament. Heyman finished the season averaging 25 points and nearly 11 rebounds per game and he also won numerous national plaudits, being named to the UPI and AP Third-Team All American squad. Heyman was once again voted to the All-ACC Basketball first team, however, during Heymans 1963 senior year, Heyman unleashed his best season yet. Duke won the regular season title, but to make the NCAA tournament. Their first game was against 8th seed Virginia, a game in which the Blue Devils won handily, in the tournament semi finals, the Blue Devils defeated the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 82–65. In the final, they had a chance to get revenge for the 1961 tournament final loss, Heyman and Duke avenged that 1961 loss, defeating the Demon Deacons 68–57, earning the Blue Devils the right to play in the 1963 NCAA Tournament. In the East Regional final, Heyman and the Blue Devils defeated Saint Josephs University, 73–59, despite Heymans 29 points and 12 rebounds in the semi-finals, the Blue Devils succumbed 94-75 to eventual national champion Loyola of Chicago. In the consolation game, Heyman completed his career when Duke defeated Oregon State 85-63. In this game, Heyman scored 22 points, and added seven rebounds, Art Heyman was also named MVP of the 1963 NCAA tournament, even though Duke finished third. Heyman again won the plaudits of the sportswriters, winning the AP National Player of the Year award, the ACC Player of the Year award, and the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Heyman averaged 25.1 points per game and scoring 1,984 points while at Duke University, Heyman is one of three athletes in ACC History to have been elected unanimously to the All-ACC Mens Basketball team three times, along with David Thompson and Tyler HansbroughArt Heyman – Heyman with the Duke Blue Devils
25. Mel Hirsch – Melvin M. Mel Hirsch was a US professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics for 13 games in the 1946-1947 season. He scored 19 points and was credited with 10 assists and he played on the squadrons officers team, and is pictured above on April 9,1945, in the 403rd Group Championship against the squadrons enlisted men on Biak Island. At 5 feet 6 inches tall, he was the shortest player in NBA history until Muggsy Bogues arrived in the more than 40 years later. He would become the third shortest player in the NBA. Hirsch died at 47 years old from leukemiaMel Hirsch – Mel Hirsch April 9, 1945, WWII, Biak, New Guinea
26. Nat Holman – Nat Holman was one of the early pro basketball players and one of the games most important innovators. Known for his exceptional ball-handling and his shooting, Holman was a star player at New York University. He was also an important part of the Original Celtics, who were no relation to the Boston Celtics, also a gifted passer and excellent floor leader, Holman was a prototype of later playmakers. Although he played pro basketball until 1930, he took over the coaching position at the City College of New York in 1920. Known as Mr. Basketball, Holman guided CCNY to the grand slam of college basketball. In 1951, Holmans CCNY team became involved in a point shaving scandal involving seven different schools. While several CCNY players, including Ed Warner and Ed Roman were arrested, the scandal eventually led CCNY to de-emphasize athletics and suspend Holman after the 1951-52 season. He returned for brief stints in 1954-56 and 1958–59, retiring for good in 1959, Holman compiled a 421–190 record in 37 seasons at CCNY, retiring in 1959. Holman also founded Camp Scatico in 1921 and ran the camp until he sold it to his niece, in 1922, Nat Holman wrote a book on basketball technique titled Scientific Basketball. In his later years, he lived and died at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, list of select Jewish basketball players Basketball Hall of Fame profile Nat Holman at Find a GraveNat Holman – Nat Holman 1933 Goudey Sport Kings card
27. Red Holzman – William Red Holzman was an NBA basketball player and coach probably best known as the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1982. Holzman helped lead the Knicks to two NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986, in 1996, Holzman was named one of Top 10 Coaches in NBA History. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1920, to Jewish immigrant parents, as the son of a Romanian mother, Holzman grew up in that boroughs Ocean Hill–Brownsville neighborhood and played basketball for Franklin K. Lane High School in the mid-1930s. He attended the University of Baltimore and later the City College of New York, Holzman joined the United States Navy in the same year, and played on the Norfolk, Virginia Naval Base team for two years. Holzman was discharged from the Navy in 1945 and subsequently joined the NBL Rochester Royals, Holzman was Rookie of the Year in 1944–45. In 1945–46 and 1947–48 he was on the NBLs first All League team, Holzman stayed with the team through their move to the NBA and subsequent NBA championship in 1951. In 1953, Holzman left the Royals and joined the Milwaukee Hawks as a player-coach, eventually retiring as a player in 1954, during the 1956–1957 season, Holzman led the Hawks to 19 losses during their first 33 games, and was subsequently fired. In 1957, Holzman became a scout for the New York Knicks for ten years ending in 1967, during this 15-year span as Knicks coach, Holzman won a total of 613 games, including two NBA championships in 1970 and 1973. In 1969, Holzman coached the Knicks to a then single-season NBA record 18-game win streak, for his efforts leading up to the Knicks 1970 championship win, Holzman was named the NBA Coach of the Year for that year. He was one of very few individuals to have won an NBA championship as both player and coach, as a coach, his final record was 696 wins and 604 losses. In 1985, he was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the New York Knicks have retired the number 613 in his honor, equaling the number of wins he accumulated as their head coach. He lived with his wife in a home they bought in Cedarhurst, following his lengthy NBA coaching career, Holzman was diagnosed with leukemia and died at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York in 1998Red Holzman – Red Holzman in the 1970s
28. Eban Hyams – Eban Isaac Hyams is an Indian-Israeli-Australian professional basketball player, a writer, producer, actor, model and musician. He is 6 ft 5 in tall, and plays point guard and he has played professionally in the Australian National Basketball League and that countrys Waratah League, part of the second division Australian Basketball Association. He has also played in Israel in the first division Super League and he is the first ever Indian national to play in ULEB competitions. Born on 21 March 1981, in Pune, India, Eban Hyams is an Indian-Israeli-Australian professional basketball guard, a member of the Bene Israeli community, Eban is Jewish and holds Israeli citizenship. His mother is Marilyn Hyams and his father was Erick Isaac Hyams, following his fathers death in 1989, he attended boarding school where he excelled in sports. In 1996, his mother remarried and the moved to Sydney. Following his time in the US, Eban returned to the Australian ABA with the Hornsby Spiders for the 2005 season and that year Eban also broke out as Do It All on the AND1 Mixtape Tour, averaging 18 points and 5 rebounds during streetball exhibitions Asia Pacific circuit. Embracing his Jewish heritage, he took part in the 2005 Maccabiah Games in Israel. Returning to the ABA with the Bankstown Bruins the following year, Eban excelled, averaging 20 points per game, Eban broke his hand in 2008 while visiting his mother and sister in Sydney. Due to a misdiagnosis, it was eight months before he could play again at a professional level, in 2011, he travelled to India to train with the India national basketball team ahead of the September 2011 FIBA Asia Championship. Immediately prior to the championships, however, he contracted Dengue fever and, after a period of hospitalisation, based in Mumbai, he assists in the administration of the Mahindra NBA Challenge amongst other basketball skills development and health education programs. In June 2013, Eban returned to the United States intending to play professionally during the 2013–2014 season and he was invited to the NBA Development League National Invitational Tryouts in New York City on 15 June 2013 where he competed with other NBA D-League hopefuls for a roster spot. He now plays in the UBA, the new Indian Professional basketball league with Harayana Gold, list of Jewish basketball players draftexpress. com, Eban Hyams Profile Australiabasketball. com, Eban Hyams Profile Euroleage, Eban Hyams Profile Hoopistani, Eban Hyams indexEban Hyams – Hyams during a Lakers' camp in 2013
29. Elishay Kadir – Elishay Kadir is an Israeli professional basketball player who plays for Maccabi Rishon LeZion and the Israeli National Basketball Team. He plays in the forward position, and is 202 cm tall. Elishay born and raised in Yavne and he started playing in the youth team of Ironi Ramat Gan simultaneously with his high school team. He has been promoted to the pro team during 2004-05 season, playing four games for the team, in the same year, Kadir led his high school team to the national final averaging 30 points and 5 rebounds per game. In the summer He participated in FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and led the Israeli team to the 7th place, before 2005-06 season, kadir has signed a three-year contract with his childhood club Ironi Ramat Gan. Kadir has gained some playing minutes, but didnt helped the team to relegation from the 2005–06 Israeli Basketball Super League. During 2006-07 season, Elishay has become a five player promoting with his team back to Ligat HaAl. Kadir hasnt started his year in the first league very well. In the end of that year Kadir decided to leave Ramat Gan, in his first year with the team they qualified to the 2008–09 Israeli Final Four. In his second year with Galil Gilboa, Kadir led the team to winning the championship with averages of 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds, in the end of that year he was named Leagues MVP. In June 2010 Kadir has signed for three years with Maccabi Tel Aviv, five months later he was loaned to Maccabi Haifa for the reminder of the season due to lack of playing minutes. In the end of the season Kadir was officially released from Maccabi Tel Aviv, in the middle of 2013-14 season Kadir has left Jerusalem after the team signed Lior Eliyahu in his position. He has signed with Hapoel Eilat, Kadir has represented Israel in Eurobasket 2011, Eurobasket 2013 and Eurobasket 2015Elishay Kadir – Kadir in 2015
30. Oded Kattash – Oded Kattash is an Israeli basketball coach and former player. He has coached seven teams in his career, also being assistant coach for Israel, since November 2015 he has returned to coach Hapoel Eilat B. C. As a player, he won the Euroleague title in the 1999–2000 season while playing with Panathinaikos and he is 194 cm tall and he played as a point guard. When he was 9 years old he joined the department of Maccabi Tel Aviv. He played for Maccabi Darom, Maccabi Ramat Gan, and Hapoel Galil Elyon, with Macabbis senior team he won 4 Israeli Championships and 2 Israeli Cups. He played at the Eurobasket 1997 European Championship with the Israeli national basketball team and he subsequently agreed to play with the New York Knicks, but he never actually played in the NBA because of the 1998-99 NBA season lockout that started on July 1,1998. Eventually, he signed a contract with Panathinaikos BC. In the 2000 Euroleague final game he scored 17 points against his former team Maccabi Tel Aviv to win the Euroleague Championship with Panathinaikos and his career ended prematurely a few months later when he suffered a serious knee injury. After Kattash retired from playing he took up coaching. He was the coach of Macabbi Tel Aviv from summer of 2007 until January 1,2008, shortly after he returned to Galil Elyon, Kattash helped the team stay in the first division. In 2009 he remained with Galil, leading them against the odds to the Israeli League final four, in 2010, he won the Israeli championship with Galil after a win over Maccabi in the finals. In June 2010, Kattash was appointed as Hapoel Jerusalem BC head coach, on June 21,2012, Oded Kattash was appointed head coach of Hapoel Eilat B. C. as the team was re-included to the Israeli Premier League for the 2012-13 season. On June 27,2014, at the end of his contract Kattash signed a three-year coach Hapoel Tel Aviv, on November 3,2015 was dismissed, after only four games, after three consecutive losses. He subsequently returned to Hapoel Eilat, Kattash is known to have different-coloured Irises, a condition known as heterochromia of the irises. Article about Kattash Kattash and Knicks News piece about coaching Maccabi Sinai, local Hoops, Kattash steps down as Maccabi TA coachOded Kattash – Oded Kattash in 2015.
31. Red Klotz – Louis Herman Red Klotz was an American professional basketball player. He was the oldest-living NBA world champion, over Klotzs professional basketball career, he coached or played in over 14,000 games during eight decades and in over 100 countries. Klotz was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, into a Jewish family and he began playing basketball at age 12. He attended South Philadelphia High School where he led the team to city basketball championships in 1939 and 1940. He attended Villanova University on a scholarship, playing on the undefeated freshman basketball team. He left college for World War II, serving stateside, Klotz played for a number of teams in those early and turbulent days of professional basketball, according to Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated. Klotz played with the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association of the American Basketball League as a point guard in the 1940s, in an exhibition game, the Sphas defeated the Harlem Globetrotters, Klotzs first game against them. He played with the Sphas until 1947, Klotz played during the 1948 season on the Baltimore Bullets team, the year they won the Basketball Association of America championship. He played in 11 games, scoring 15 points and he also played in six playoff games, scoring six points. At 5 feet 7 inches, he is tied as the fourth-shortest person to play in an NBA game, Klotz played for the Philadelphia Sphas of the ABL until 1947, the team had beaten the Harlem Globetrotters on more than one occasion. He later coached and managed the Sphas, Klotz named his new enterprise the Washington Generals, in honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower. From 1953 until 1995, the Generals played exhibitions against the Globetrotters, Klotz played with the team as a point guard until the age of 68. At 50 years old, he made the shot for the New Jersey Reds with three seconds left in their final win. The crowd wanted to me, he said. In 1995 Klotz disbanded the Generals and formed the New York Nationals to take their place, to erase their record, the team remained the Nationals until 2007, when they reverted to the Generals name. The Generals remain a separate organization from the Globetrotters, Klotz claimed the team still tried to win every game. Klotz was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and he became the first non-Globetrotter to receive the Globetrotters Legend award on March 10,2007. Red has stated he has lost over 13,000 games in his coaching career, the Globetrotters inducted Klotz into their Legends Ring, the teams version of a hall of fame, in 2007Red Klotz – Red Klotz
32. Ben Kramer – Ben Red Kramer was an American standout basketball player for Long Island University during the 1930s, a time in which LIU was a national power. Kramer played for Hall of Fame coach Clair Bee from 1933–34 to 1936–37, and in his four seasons the team finished with records of 26–1, 24–2, 26–0, and 29–3, respectively. At one point Long Island had a 43-game win streak, which was snapped by Stanford, Kramer, a 6 ft 0 in,200 lb. forward/guard, helped Long Island gain respect both in the New York City metropolitan area as well as in the national scene. Most schools during this era did not allow freshmen to play varsity sports in college—although there was no set rule against it—but Clair Bee did, which allowed Kramer and LIU to remain dominant. In 1935–36, the Blackbirds finished undefeated at 26–0 and were named mythical Eastern champions since neither the National Invitation Tournament nor the NCAA Tournament existed yet. The following season, Kramers last in college, he was named the Haggerty Award winner which is given annually to the best mens player in the New York City metropolitan area. At the time, it was the year in the awards existence. After college, Kramer played in the first major basketball league. In 1938–39 he played for the Kingston Colonials, then spent the three seasons with the Washington Heurich Brewers. Kramer was the leagues fifth-leading scorer all three of those seasons while averaging 4.2 points per game, after his time with the Brewers, he played five more seasons of professional basketball. In 1945–46, his best season, he played for the Wilmington Bombers, the Bombers finished third in the league with a 14–14 record but lost in the playoffs. Kramers final season came in 1946–47 while playing for the Troy Celtics, although he appeared in only three gamesBen Kramer – Ben Kramer
33. Sylven Landesberg – Sylven Joshua Landesberg is an American-Israeli professional basketball player who currently plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Super League. Standing at 6 ft 6 in, he plays at the shooting guard and he was a 2008 McDonalds High School All American and 2008 New York State Mr. Basketball in high school, and 2008–09 ACC Freshman of the Year for the University of Virginia Cavaliers. Landesberg is Jewish, and was born April 10,1990 in Brooklyn to a Jewish father, Steven, and a Trinidadian and Tobagonian mother, Ingrid. In his sophomore year at Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, he averaged 20.9 points,8.1 rebounds and he was named First-Team All-City by the New York Daily News and the New York Post. In 2006–07, during his year, he averaged 25.7 points,10.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists a game, and was again named All-City honors by the Daily News. During his senior year in 2007–08, he averaged 29.6 points,11.4 rebounds and he shot 52% from the field, and 77% from the free throw line. He scored a school-record 2,149 career points in three years on the team and he was a 2008 McDonalds High School All American, and was named New York State Mr. Basketball. He was also a second-team Parade All-American, first-team All-State, New York Gatorade Player of the Year, New York Post Player of the Year, All Star in the 2008 Capital Classic. His parents said he chose the University of Virginia over St. Johns University because he felt it was an academic school. During the 2008–09 season, in his year, he averaged 16.6 points,6.0 rebounds. He led the team in scoring, and was second in rebounds and he also led Atlantic Coast Conference freshmen in scoring, and was third in rebounds and assists. He was 10th in the ACC in scoring and he set a UVA freshman record with 12 20-point games. net, and NaismithLives. com, and won the teams Sidney Young Memorial Award. In Landesbergs sophomore season he led the Cavaliers in scoring again, averaging 17.3 points a game and he ranked sixth in the ACC in free throw percentage, and seventh in field goal percentage. He was named second-team All-ACC, 2-time ACC Player of the Week, USBWA All-District III, in 2009–10, Landesberg was named to the Jewish Sports Review All-American team. On March 6,2010, Landesberg was suspended for the game of the season for failing to meet academic obligations. On March 23, it was announced that Landesberg would not return to the Cavaliers, after going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Landesberg played for the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 NBA Summer League. On July 25,2010, Landesberg signed a deal with the Israeli team Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League. Due to the fact his father is Jewish, Landesberg received Israeli citizenship and he played his first season for the team in 2010–11Sylven Landesberg – Landesberg playing with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015.
34. Gal Mekel – Gal Mekel is an Israeli professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League. He played college basketball for two years at Wichita State and he then played in the Israeli Basketball Super League for Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Gilboa Galil, and Maccabi Haifa, and in the Italian Serie A League for Benetton Treviso. He was a two-time Israeli Basketball Super League MVP, in 2011 and 2013, in 2013, he signed a three-year minimum fully guaranteed contract with the Dallas Mavericks, becoming the second Israeli to join the NBA. Mekel is Jewish, and was born in Ramat HaSharon to Alon and Ariela Mekel and he has four brothers and two sisters. He attended Alliance High School in Tel Aviv and he started his way in the Hapoel Tel Aviv youth team. Shortly after, he moved to the A. S, Ramat HaSharon youth team where he demonstrated a good playmaking ability. His ability caught the eyes of basketball giant Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he moved at the age of 17, Mekel played college basketball for two years at Wichita State. In his rookie season, by mid-season he was promoted to starter and he finished his first season with averages of 13 minutes and four points per game. In the 2007–08 season, Mekel improved his stats to 9.3 ppg and 3.7 apg while playing more than 30 minutes per game, despite his improvement he decided to leave the team after that season. On March 28,2008, Mekel signed his first professional contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv, in Galil, he averaged 6.9 points and 2.7 assists per game. He excelled in the league quarter-finals against Hapoel Holon, helping his team reach the Final Four where they lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv, Mekel ended up winning the best newcomer award. After a good season with Galil, Mekel returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv and they designated him the point guard substitute spot, behind newcomer Doron Perkins who won the Israeli league MVP award the previous season. Mekel recorded 13 points and 5 assists in his game with Maccabi Tel Aviv against Ironi Nahariya. In December 2009, he asked to be loaned out again after the minority of minutes he was receiving, Mekel was loaned back to Gilboa/Galil, just 6 months after he finished his first loan to the same team. In Galil, Mekel shared the point guard position with Jeremy Pargo, together, they led Galil to their second Israeli league title after surprising Maccabi in the final. Mekel was a key member in the team averaging 7.5 points and 4.3 assists in 25.5 minutes per game, in 2010, Mekel got offers from Bnei HaSharon and Maccabi Haifa, but decided to stay in Galil, signing a one-year contract. He played with the team in the Euroleague 2010–11 qualifying rounds, but didnt help the team to pass the first round, on domestic level, Mekel led Galil to the 2nd place at the end of the regular season. They went all the way to repeat last season final against Maccabi, Mekel also had a great individual season which concluded in winning the Israeli League MVP Award, and appearing in the 2011 BSL All-Star GameGal Mekel – Mekel with the Dallas Mavericks
35. Sean Munson – Sean S. Munson is an American basketball player. Munson signed with Lafayette College and played there for one year, in 2001, he transferred to Wagner College. Under coach Dereck Whittenburg, he was part of a team won the NEC Regular Season. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament and played Pittsburgh in 2003, in his three-year career at Wagner, he scored 801 points and grabbed 639 rebounds and was a starter during his Junior and Senior year. During his Senior year, he led his team in rebounding and scoring, Munson led his team to the NEC Championship game in 2005. Munson graduated from Wagner with a Double Major Degree in Mathematics, Munson was named to the NIT Tournament team in 2003 and 2004. In 2003, he traveled to the Bahamas to play the Bahamian National Team, in 2004, he traveled to China to play the Chinese National Team. In 2005, he was recognized as an Academic All-American and he also received the New York Metropolitan Area Basketball Student Athlete Award, which was presented at Madison Square Garden. The Northeast Conference awarded him the NEC Basketball Scholar Athlete Award in 2005 and his alma mater, Wagner College, named him their Student Athlete of the Year in 2005. Munson has played professionally for three years, in 2005, he played in Luxembourg for Black Star Mersch. In 2006, he played in Israel for Afula, from 2007 to 2009 he played for Bnei Hasharon in Herzliya and Raanana. In 2009 he retired from basketball and went on to start the company Sean S Munson Insurance and Sean S Munson Realty located White Post, VirginiaSean Munson – Sean S. Munson
36. Jerry Nemer – Jerome Jerry Nemer was an American basketball player at the University of Southern California who became the first Jew to captain a major athletic team at the school. Nemer earned three varsity letters playing with the basketball team from 1930–31 through 1932–33. In 1930–31, his year, he averaged 7.8 points per game in league play. As a junior the following year, Nemer averaged 12.0 points per game and was named to the PCC South Division First Team as well as USCs most valuable player, Nemer had a breakout senior season in 1932–33. He guided the Trojans to a record of 18–5 as they won the PCC South Division title. They lost to Oregon, the winners of the North Division, although he averaged only 9.0 points per game, Nemer was voted as a consensus NCAA All-American. After college, Nemer played basketball in the Amateur Athletic Union for the Firestone Non-Skids for several years and he became an AAU basketball referee in 1942, and then in 1948 he formed a law firm with Irwin Buchalter and Murray Fields called Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger. Nemer worked as a lawyer in Los Angeles for the rest of his life, Nemer died in December 1980, and to commemorate his life, USC created the Jerome Nemer Lecture Series. The series was created to explore Jewish thinkers contributions to Western lifeJerry Nemer – Nemer as a lawyer, c. 1950s
37. Yogev Ohayon – Yogev Ohayon is an Israeli professional basketball player who currently plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Super League. He also represents the senior Israel national basketball team in international competitions, standing at 1.91 m, he plays at the point guard position. He is known as a skilled passer, born in Safed, Israel, Ohayon started his career in Hapoel Galil Elyon, with whom he won the Israeli youth league championship. In the 2006–07 season, he led Hapoel Galil Elyon to the Israeli final four, in the 2007–08 season, Ohayon was the Ligat Winners steals leader, with 2 steals per game. In July 2011, he signed a deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv. In the summer of 2012, Ohayon went to Russia for a medical test, before signing a contract with Lokomotiv Kuban, without informing Maccabi, Ohayon was not allowed to sign for any other team, before buying out his contract for around $200,000 USD. However, on September 19,2012, FIBA ruled in favor of Maccabi Tel Aviv, if Ohayon wanted to leave Maccabi Tel Aviv, Lokomotiv Kuban would have to have reached an agreement on a buyout with his former club. Ohayon signed a new a deal with Maccabi instead, and agreed with them on a new three-year contract, note, The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in competition, and regional competition if applicable. Yogev Ohayon at eurobasket. com Yogev Ohayon at euroleague. net Yogev Ohayon at fiba. comYogev Ohayon – Yogev Ohayon
38. Josh Pastner – Joshua Paul Pastner is an American college basketball coach and the head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Pastner was born in Glen Dale, West Virginia, in the northern panhandle, the son of Marla and Hal Pastner. However, he grew up in the Kingwood master-planned community of Houston, Pastner is Jewish, and knew he wanted to be a coach since he was in the 5th grade. By the age of 13 he was publishing the Josh Pastner Scouting Report of local high school talent in the Houston area, at the age of 16, the Houston Hoops AAU squad was turned over to Pastner by his father, his first job as a head coach. While an AAU coach, Pastner coached future NBA players such as Emeka Okafor, T. J. Ford, Josh Pastner was a walk-on freshman on the 1997 NCAA championship University of Arizona basketball team. After winning the NCAA title, Pastner was able to finish his degree in two and a half years, taking as many as 33 units per semester. He earned his bachelors degree in Family Studies from Arizona in December 1998, Pastner served as an assistant coach under Lute Olson at the University of Arizona from 2002 to 2008. Prior to Olsons retirement, Pastner left the University of Arizona to serve as an assistant coach, Pastner earned a reputation as a tireless recruiter during his years as an assistant coach. On April 6,2009, Josh Pastner was selected to replace John Calipari as head coach at the University of Memphis, Pastners first contract with Memphis was for $4.4 million over five years. Pastners recruits from the 2010 high school class were ranked as one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, Pastner was named Sporting News C-USA Coach of the Year for the 2009–10 season. After a 2010-2011 season which included a Conference USA tournament championship and appearance in the 2011 NCAA tournament, Pastner signed a 5 year, after starting his career 0-13 against ranked teams, Pastner coached the Tigers to a 73-68 victory over #5 Oklahoma State on December 1,2013. On March 21,2013, the Tigers defeated Saint Marys 54–52, on the heels of his first NCAA victory and the signing of a top 5 recruiting class for 2013, Pastners contract was extended through 2019–20 and his pay was raised to $2.65 million per year. The 2013–14 Tigers entered the season ranked #13 in the country, though the team earned an 8-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The 2014–15 Tigers did not make the NCAA or NIT tournaments, on April 8,2016, Pastner was hired to be the new head coach at Georgia Tech. During the 2016-2017 Regular Season, Pastners Jackets knocked off Top 5 North Carolina at home, the Jackets also enjoyed quality wins at Virginia Commonwealth, at home against Top 10 Florida State, and Top 25 Notre Dame. Further improving throughout the season, Tech knocked off Syracuse and Pittsburgh late in February to finish 8-10 in the ACC, Tech was projected to finish last in the conference and to not win a single conference game in Pastners first season. Because of the teams accomplishments, Pastner was named 2017 ACC Coach of the Year in his inaugural season. Joshua Okogie was named to the Freshman All-ACC Team and Lammers to Second Team All-ACC overall, tadric Jackson placed second for ACC Sixth Man of the Year off the benchJosh Pastner – Josh Pastner
39. Aulcie Perry – Aulcie Perry is a retired American-Israeli basketball player. He led Maccabi Tel Aviv B. C. to two European championships during his nine seasons with the team, in 1987, Perry was convicted of drug-smuggling. Perry was born in Newark, New Jersey He attended West Side High School there and he graduated from Bethune-Cookman University in Florida. He played basketball in school and at college. The 6 foot 10 inch,215 pound center was signed to the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association in 1974. Perry was cut from the team during the 1974–75 season, however, the following season he was signed by the New York Knicks, but he never played for the team. Released by the Knicks, Perry returned to the Jets, during the summer of 1976, Perry was spotted by a scout for Maccabi Tel Aviv while playing at the Rucker courts in Harlem. Maccabi Tel Aviv signed Perry for US$6,000 a month, in 1977 Perry led the team to its first European Cup championship, a prize they took again four years later. Perry played a total of nine seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Perry became a celebrity in Israel. He was congratulated by Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin and he began dating Israeli model Tami Ben Ami, and the couple were the darlings of the press. Everywhere Perry went he was besieged by fans seeking his autograph, after the 1977–78 season, Perry converted to Judaism. He adopted the Hebrew name Elisha ben Avraham, shortly thereafter, Perry became an Israeli citizen. In December 1982, Perry missed a game against Real Madrid Baloncesto, the team told reporters that he was sick with the flu, but in fact a worsening drug problem had kept him from the game. In March 1983, Perry was arrested and charged with buying heroin, he pleaded guilty and was given a fine of $150,000, Perry and his cousin, Kenneth Johnson, were detained in September 1985 when they flew from Amsterdam to New York. Johnson was arrested when customs officials found that the portable stereo he was carrying contained 3.5 pounds of 89 percent pure heroin with a street value of $1.8 million. The U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration spent the several months accumulating evidence against Perry. In January 1986, a warrant was issued for his arrest, after nine months of fighting extradition, Perry returned to New York for trial. At the trial, prosecutors portrayed Perry as the mastermind behind the smuggling scheme, Johnson had never been abroad before, but Perry was an experienced travelerAulcie Perry – Aulcie Perry (second from right), 1978–1979
40. Guy Pnini – Guy Pnini is an Israeli professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League and the Euroleague. Standing at 6 ft 7 in, he plays at the forward position. Pnini is Jewish, and was born in Israel, after the 2001 season, Guy began his professional career playing for Maccabi Rannana in the Israeli Super League. Maccabi Rannana merged with Bnei Herzeliya and became Bnei Hasharon, Guy became the captain of the team in 2004–05, and in 2006 he was chosen for the All Israeli League Team. In Jerusalem, Pnini became one of the most dominant Israeli players in the league, before the 2008–09 season, with one year remaining in his contract with Hapoel Jerusalem, Pnini signed a 3-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv starting from the 2009–10 season. Hapoel Jerusalem appealed against the agreement to the IBA court, claiming that it is a situation that their player has a signed contract with their opponent. IBAs court determined that Pnini must spend the 2008–09 season outside of the Israeli League, after the verdict, Pnini signed with the Serbian team KK FMP. In January 2009, Pnini left KK FMP and signed with the Cypriot team Keravnos where he reached the Cyprus Basketball Division final, after spending a season abroad, Pnini was allowed to fulfill his 3-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv and joined the team for the 2009–10 season. Note, The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season and he also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable. Guy Pnini at basket. co. il Guy Pnini at fiba. com Guy Pnini at eurobasket. com Guy Pnini at euroleague. netGuy Pnini – Guy Pnini
41. Taylor Rochestie – Taylor Campbell Rochestie is an American-born naturalized Montenegrin professional basketball for Lokomotiv Kuban of the VTB United League. He also represents the Montenegrin national basketball team in international competitions, standing at 6 ft 1 in, he plays at the point guard and shooting guard positions. Rochestie was born to Howard Rochestie, an American Jew, and Christina in Houston, Rochestie attended Santa Barbara High School in California, where he started playing basketball, and graduated as the all-time leading scorer of his high schools history. In 2004, Rochestie attended Tulane University, where he played one year of college basketball and he then transferred to Washington State University, where he sat out the 2006 academic year, due to NCAA rules. He then played with the Washington State Cougars from 2007 to 2009, Rochestie went undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft. On July 30,2009, he signed his first professional contract with BG Göttingen of Germany for the 2009–10 season and he helped his team to win the 2010 EuroChallenge title, and was also named the Final Four MVP. On June 23,2010, he signed a deal with Galatasaray Café Crown of the Turkish Basketball Super League. On February 8,2011, he parted ways with Galatasaray, nine days later, he returned to Germany, and signed with Alba Berlin for the rest of the season. On August 2,2011, he signed a deal with Le Mans Sarthe Basket of the French LNB Pro A. On July 20,2012, Rochestie signed a deal with Caja Laboral of the Spanish Liga ACB. On January 8,2013, he parted ways with Laboral, the next day, he signed with Angelico Biella of the Italian Serie A for the rest of the season. On August 26,2013, he signed a contract with the Italian club Montepaschi Siena. On January 5,2014, he left Siena and signed with Nizhny Novgorod of Russia for the rest of the season, on July 30,2014, he re-signed with Nizhny for one more season. On May 5,2015, he was awarded with the Alphonso Ford Trophy, Nizhny Novgorods season in their national domestic league ended, after they were eliminated by CSKA Moscow, with 3–0 sweep in the leagues semifinal playoff series. On June 21,2015, Rochestie signed a deal, with an option for another one. On September 3,2016, he parted ways with Maccabi, two days later, he signed a one-year contract with Russian club Lokomotiv Kuban. Rochestie is a member of the Montenegrin national basketball team, with Montenegro national team, he played at the qualifying tournament for EuroBasket 2013 and 2015. Note, The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season and he also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicableTaylor Rochestie – Taylor Rochestie
42. Robert Rothbart – Robert Rothbart is a Bosnian-Israeli-Serbian professional basketball player playing the position of center for Hapoel Eilat B. C. Rothbart was born in Sarajevo the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and he pulled out of the 2004 NBA Draft and decided to try his luck in the 2005 NBA Draft, but went undrafted. Although he initially committed to Indiana University, Rothbart decided in the summer of 2004, to skip college, prior to the 2008/2009 season, he signed with Ironi Nahariya from the Israeli league again. He featured best overall statistic, most rebounds, and no 3 in scoring in BIH League 13 competition for 2007/08 season, as per www. kosarka. ba and he is a part of the Israeli national basketball team. Robert holds multiple nationalities, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, in August 2011 he signed with Union Olimpija. NBA. com Draft Profile Profile and statistics of Robert Rothbart on One. co. ilRobert Rothbart – Robert Rothbart
43. Ron Rothstein – Ronald L. Ron Rothstein is an American former professional basketball coach and college basketball player, who has led many different NBA teams. He served as the first head coach for the Miami Heat and he has also coached in the Womens National Basketball Association. In 2007-08, he filled in for Pat Riley as an interim coach for the Heat. Born in Bronxville, New York, Rothstein graduated from Roosevelt High School of Yonkers, New York in 1960, at Rhode Island, Rothstein was team captain as a senior and graduated in 1964 with a degree in physical education. In 1966, Rothstein earned his masters in education from Hunter College. Rothstein began his career in 1966 at Eastchester High School in Eastchester, New York. During the summer of 1967, he was the director at Camp Ma-Ho-Ge in Bethel. He then became assistant coach at NCAA DIvision III Upsala College for one season and then worked as coach at New Rochelle High School of New Rochelle. Rothstein returned to Eastchester High for the 1978–79 season and coached varsity basketball, in 1979, Rothstein signed as a scout for the Atlanta Hawks and was named assistant coach in July 1983. He was signed as an assistant for the Detroit Pistons in 1986 before becoming the first coach in Heat history, Rothstein coached the Heat for three seasons, never leading them to a winning record. Rothstein became a commentator for the Pistons, Detroit eventually hired him as their head coach for two seasons, but he was eventually fired. In 1993, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers, in 2000, he was hired as head coach and general manager for the WNBAs Miami Sol, where he stayed during the franchises entire existence. In 2003, he was hired by the Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach, Rothstein would eventually return to the Heat as an assistant. On January 3,2007, Rothstein was named as the head coach of the Miami Heat in place of Pat Riley. WNBA. com coach file, Ron Rothstein NBA. com coach file, Ron RothsteinRon Rothstein – Rothstein in 2010
44. Yehoshua Rozin – Yehoshua Rozin was an Israeli basketball coach. Rozin was born in Alexandria, Egypt and he moved to Israel at the age of six. He played basketball for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 1930s and 1940s, in 1948, he became the first coach of the Israel national basketball team. He led it to three European Tournament finals, Rozin was the first coach of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team and coached it for 18 years, starting in 1953. During his career he also coached Hapoel Givat-Yagur, Hapoel Holon, Hapoel Givat Brenner, Elitzur Tel Aviv, Hapoel Haifa, Hapoel Jerusalem, Maccabi Ramat Gan, in 1999, Rozin was awarded the Israel Prize for his contribution to sport. He died in 2002, at the age of 83 and he was Jewish, and in 1992 he was inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of FameYehoshua Rozin – Contents
45. Dolph Schayes – Adolph Dolph Schayes was an American professional basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. A top scorer and rebounder, he was a 12-time NBA All-Star, Schayes won an NBA championship with the Syracuse Nationals in 1955. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Schayes played his entire career with the Nationals and their successor, the Philadelphia 76ers, from 1948 to 1964. In his 16-year career, he led his team into the playoffs 15 times, towards the end of his playing career, he became a player-coach with Philadelphia. After retiring from playing, he transitioned into a coaching role with the 76ers. He briefly coached with the Buffalo Braves, Schayes was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of Tina, a homemaker, and Carl Schayes, a truck driver for Consolidated Laundries. His parents were Romanian Jewish immigrants and he grew up on Davidson Avenue and 183rd Street, near Jerome Avenue in University Heights, Bronx. He attended Creston Junior High School 79 and DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, New York and he played his college basketball at New York University in 1944–48. In 1945, as a 16-year-old freshman, Schayes helped NYU reach the NCAA final, Schayes earned an aeronautical engineering degree, was an All-American in basketball and won the Haggerty Award in his final year. His NYU coach, Howard Cann, said of him, He was in the gym practicing every spare minute, Schayes was drafted by both the New York Knicks in the 1948 BAA draft, and by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks in the NBL draft. The Blackhawks traded his rights to the Syracuse Nationals, who offered him a contract worth $7,500, 50% more than the Knicks. Schayes played one season in the NBL and was named the leagues Rookie of the Year, the following season, the Nationals moved to the newly formed National Basketball Association as part of the merger between the BAA and NBL. Although tall for his era at 67, Schayes was especially known for his deadly, high-arcing and it arced so high that his teammates referred to it as Sputnik. Defenders who attempted to deny him the shot were confronted by his powerful drive to the basket. These two offensive weapons served him well, even as the NBA was transitioning into a league of jump-shooters, early in Schayes career, he broke his right arm and played almost an entire season in a cast. Oddly, this became a seminal point in his development, he learned to shoot with his off-hand. He was one of the best—and the last—to use a two-handed set-shot with feet planted on the floor, in the 1949–50 season, he was 6th in the league in assists, with 259. He led the NBA in rebounding in 1950–51, with 1,080 and he was third in the league in rebounding in 1952–53, with 920Dolph Schayes – Schayes in 1955
46. Ossie Schectman – Oscar Benjamin Ossie Schectman was an American professional basketball player. He is credited with having scored the first basket in the National Basketball Association, Schectman was born on March 30,1919, in Kew Gardens in Queens, New York City. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia and he played basketball while attending Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, New York, and played under coach Clair Bee at Long Island University. He was a member of the team in 1939, when they won the National Invitation Tournament and he was named to the Converse All-American first team in 1941. After obtaining his degree from LIU, Schectman played for Eddie Gottliebs Philadelphia Sphas in the American Basketball League, the Sphas joined the ABL in 1933 and won the league championship in 1942–43. He was second in the league in scoring with 199 points in 1943–44 and he played with the Sphas until 1946, when he joined the New York Knicks of the Basketball Association of America. On November 1,1946, in the first ever game of the Basketball Association of America, the Knicks won the game 68–66. In 1949, the expanded and became the National Basketball Association, thus. Schectman played 54 games for the Knicks in his one season with the team, in that one season, Schectman averaged 8.1 points per game, ranking 39th in the league. This helped him have the highest win share for his team, Schectman ended his BAA career with 435 points. Schectman joined the Paterson Crescents of the ABL, the team won the league championship in 1947–48, and Schectman was named to the All-ABL first team. Schectman appears in a documentary film The First Basket and he was made a member of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Long Island University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. He was also inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, on July 30,2013, Schectman died at age 94 in Delray Beach, Florida. He was survived by his wife, Evelyn, and his sons Stewart, list of select Jewish basketball players The First Basket The First Basket – Documentary Film Basketball Reference bioOssie Schectman – Ossie Schectman
47. Jon Scheyer – Jonathan James Jon Scheyer is an American-Israeli former basketball player, currently an assistant coach of the Duke Blue Devils mens basketball team. In high school, he once scored 21 points in a games final 75 seconds of play in an attempt to spark a comeback. The 4th-leading scorer in Illinois high school history, he led his team to a championship in 2005. In his senior year in 2009–10 as Dukes captain, he led the team to ACC regular season and Tournament championships and he led the championship team in points per game, assists, free throw percentage, and steals per game. Scheyer was a 2010 consensus All-American, a unanimous 2009–10 All-ACC First Team selection and he played the most consecutive games in Duke history, shot the third-highest free throw percentage, shot the third-most free throws, shot the fourth-most 3-pointers, and is ranked ninth in scoring. He was a 2010 Los Angeles Clippers training camp invitee, but was waived in the reduction to its final roster. In 2011, he played shooting guard for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League, Scheyer was born in Northbrook, Illinois and is the youngest of three children of Laury and Jim Scheyer. He was raised in his fathers Jewish religion, and was Bar Mitzvah and he began dribbling a basketball at age three and played in his first AAU national tournament six years later. As a youth, he played in a called the Fellowship of Afro-American Men, in Evanston. He received an offer from Marquette Universitys Tom Crean as an 8th grader. Because Scheyers talent was obvious by the time he was set to high school. The move was recommended so that he would have a chance of success. Scheyer shrugged off the suggestion, telling his parents, Well just do it here, Well build the success at Glenbrook North. His father said, I get chills thinking about it and that was Jons vision, and it never occurred to him that anything else would happen. As a freshman, Scheyer led Glenbrook North in scoring and assists and was First Team All-State as a sophomore in 2004, Scheyer was the only non-senior among those First Team All-State selections and was the only underclassman on any of the first three All-State squads. As a junior, he averaged 26 points,5 rebounds and his coach David Weber said, I call him a combination of Larry Bird and Pistol Pete. Hes got the flair, the passing abilities, Hes a rare player in this day and age. It has been called one of the best performances ever on a high school court and he averaged 32 points,6 rebounds,5 assists, and 3 steals for the Spartans as a seniorJon Scheyer – Jon Scheyer