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The Maryland Nighthawks season ended last night with a 104-96 loss to something called the Reading Railers. That put the the ‘Hawks’ final 2007-2008 record at 7-15, good for last place in the Eastern Conference of the new 10-team Premier Basketball League.
The team never got over an 0-6 start or the disappearance of its most-marketed player, Tamir Goodman.
Goodman was once a folk hero around these parts, particularly among the region’s Orthodox Jewish community, in the late 1990s while playing high school ball for the Talmudical Academy in Pikesville, Md. He was offered a scholarship to Maryland as a junior and soon enough was on “60 Minutes” and written up in Sports Illustrated.
But Gary Williams quashed the deal and probably Goodman’s spirit during his senior year of prep ball, and things haven’t panned out for the kid known as Jewish Jordan ever since.
Spurned by the Terps, Goodman ended up having a lousy college career at Towson University before withdrawing and moving to Israel. Amid much hoopla, he returned from a lousy pro basketball career in Israel’s second division this season to play for the Nighthawks.
And the homecoming, at least from a basketball standpoint, has been lousy.
Goodman, who has prepared a multi-media presentation on himself that he delivers to kids at local synagogues, went scoreless in the Nighthawks’ first two games, both losses, and then was taken out of the lineup with a reported finger injury. He never returned.
Before last Sunday’s final home game, management announced to fans that Goodman was ready and would be on the bench if Coach Lawrence Moten needed him. The ‘Hawks lost by 21, but Goodman didn’t make the box score.
Goodman’s season stat line: zero points, 3.5 rebounds, 2 assists.