Commissioner Comments On Passing Of NBA Pioneer Dolph Schayes


December 17, 2015

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Dolph Schayes last week at 87 due to cancer.

"Dolph Schayes was one of the most influential figures in NBA history. He helped the NBA grow from its earliest days, emerging as one of the game's first stars and displaying the kind of passion for competition and commitment to excellence that has come to define our league.

“ Dolph was an NBA champion, a Hall of Fame player and a distinguished NBA coach and executive, as well as a proud father who relished the success of his four children, including the NBA career of his son Danny. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schayes family during this difficult time."

Schayes was a 12-time all star center and was voted one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time. He joined the Syracuse Nationals in 1948 and played there for 15 years.


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