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Dubbed “The Jewish Jordan” by Sports Illustrated in 1999, Tamir Goodman is a former professional basketball player and current successful entrepreneur, coach, educator, and motivational speaker. Tamir was ranked the 25th best high school player in the country. He gained national attention after averaging over 35 points per game his junior year, all while remaining faithful to his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. Tamir was named MVP of the prestigious “Capital Classic All-Star Game,” an award won by Shaquille O’Neal, Lebron James, and other stars. Tamir then made history as the first Jewish basketball player to play D-I college and professional basketball without playing on the Jewish Sabbath. Tamir has been featured on 60 Minutes, ESPN, CNN, Fox, and many others. He was covered in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and in media sources across the United States, Israel, and around the world.
In 2002, Tamir fulfilled his dream of moving to Israel when he was signed by top Israeli and European League basketball team, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Former NBA Coach, David Blatt, was the team’s coach at the time. In 2004, Tamir took a break from playing basketball to serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) where he was awarded “Most Outstanding Soldier.”
After a seven-year-long basketball-playing career for some of the best Israeli teams including Maccabi Haifa and Givat Shmuel, Tamir retired from professional basketball in 2009 after suffering career-ending injuries. Tamir currently runs a world-class summer overnight basketball camp in Jerusalem for players from around the world; leading sports-based programming for trips, schools, and organizations.
He is the published author of “The Jewish Jordan’s Triple Threat,” an international motivational speaker, and a sports and business consultant. Tamir holds a B.A. in communications and lives in Jerusalem with his wife and five kids.
We cover a whole lot in our conversation from details that many of you may have never heard before. From Tamir's journey to fame and the aftermath and what continues to drive him to be the best, he can be every single day. This episode with Tamir is packed with inspiration. So, ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for tuning in and I do hope you enjoyed this podcast.
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