Monday, April 22, 2013
Tamir Goodman, Basketball player dubbed the Jewish Jordan gives CNY kids tips
Goodman, an observant Jew, got strange looks for wearing a yarmulke and tzitzit while he played, but didn’t receive attention from top coaches. Then, on the third day of camp, pouring rain canceled every game except for the indoor game Goodman’s team was playing in.
Goodman, known as the Jewish Jordan, spoke to a handful of students at the Schine Student Center at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday about his basketball career and how it related to his Jewish faith.
Maryland promised it could accommodate this, and Goodman was soon flooded with more than 700 media requests. A picture of him with a Jewish prayer book was even featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the headline, “The Jewish Jordan.”
After his first year at Towson, his head coach was fired and replaced by a coach who did not respect Goodman’s beliefs and scheduled games during Sabbath. The situation reached a boiling point when the coach threw a chair at Goodman in the locker room.
Unable to stay at Towson, he signed a contract to play professional basketball in Israel. Early in the season, Goodman was traded from the best team in the league to one of the worst. But it was there Goodman met his wife, who had also turned down college scholarships to observe the Sabbath.
“I think sometimes, if we work with what we have instead of thinking of what we don’t have, ultimately, we can find our biggest blessings that way,” he said.