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Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that Tamir Goodman has signed a three-year deal with the Maccabi Tel-Aviv basketball team.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv plays in the European league - it was the Euroleague's champion in 2001 and reached the semi-finals this year - Maccabi is considered one of the best teams in Europe.
"I've always wanted to play in Israel and be in my country," Goodman said Monday."
While looking for more info on Tamir Goodman, I stumbled upon the site of Etan G., the "Jewish Rapper". Etan wrote a song about Tamir Goodman, called "The kid with the lid", click here to check it out.
To learn more about Maccabi Tel-Aviv, click here, or check out http://www.maccabi.co.il/main/
I copy the full Ha'aretz article below.
'Jewish Jordan' Tamir Goodman signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv
Former Towson University guard Tamir Goodman, who has earned the name the "Jewish Jordan," has signed a three-year deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team.
"I've always wanted to play in Israel and be in my country," Goodman said Monday.
"My mother would always tell me how important it was to her when she grew up in Israel."
Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Goodman's brilliant high-school career led to his nickname "Jewish Jordan." In games for "Talmudic Academy" in Baltimore, Goodman averaged more than 35 points per game, an ability that drew the attention of writers from the New York Times and Sports Illustrated, as well as documentary film-makers from both sides of the Atlantic.
He then burst onto the international scene three years ago when accepting - and later surprisingly rejecting - a basketball scholarship from Maryland.
The fact that Goodman was an Orthodox Jew, wore a yarmulke and refused to play on the Sabbath captivated many, especially when it appeared he was headed to College Park.
He later took a scholarship to play at Towson and started for much of his freshman year in 2000-2001. Goodman then left the Tigers after an incident where he said that coach Michael Hunt threw a chair that hit him in the locker room after a game last December.
Goodman and his family wanted Towson to discipline Hunt, but the school refused. The sophomore guard then left the team, but finished his classes through the spring.
Goodman also kept his religious vows at Towson, never playing or traveling on the Sabbath, even skipping one game and part of another when the Tigers played in their conference tournament in March 2001.
Maccabi Tel Aviv plays in three leagues and long has been one of the better teams on the European basketball circuit. Goodman will go to Israel within the next month to begin practice with the team.
"It's an honor to play there," Goodman said.
He also won't have to play on the Sabbath in this league, something the 1.91-meter (6-foot-3) guard had put in his contract.
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Orthodox Judaism is HOGWASH
There! i said it. Im glad I said it. :-p …. too many rules… ugh.
Posted by: whiskey at July 26, 2006 10:42 PM
Bulletin. Tamir goodman is now retired after playing crap in college and professionally and is scamming donations raising money for kids to attend basketball games so that jeff rosen can fill some seats for his haifa team. Did I mention that rosen has millions? Hoops for kids, yah. Its all about money for tamir I almost was something goodman and I want more money jeff rosen.
Posted by: jonah klein at May 22, 2010 12:41 PM
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