No. 22: Tanhum Cohen-Mintz

No.22 The first of Israel's basketball greats, Tanhum Cohen-Mintz was one of the best center's in European basketball in the 1960's. Born in Riga, Latvia, Cohen-Mintz caught the eye of coaching great Yehoshua Rozin while playing tennis and was soon nurtured into the leader of Rozin's Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 14 years at Maccabi, Cohen-Mintz helped the team to nine league championships and State Cups, and also played a pivotal role in the side's run to the final of the European Cup Winners Cup in 1967. Cohen-Mintz played for Israel's national team 89 times between 1958-1971, scoring 1,076 points during that span. In 1964, he was the first Israeli to be named to the starting five of the European All-Stars. Tomorrow: The first Israeli to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal.