Meir Tapiro

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Meir Tapiro
Maccabi Ashdod
Position Head coach
League Israeli Basketball Premier League
Personal information
Born (1975-03-28) March 28, 1975 (age 42)
Kiryat Ata, Israel
Nationality Israeli
Listed height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Career information
Playing career 1994–2016
Position Point guard
Coaching career 2016–present
Career history
As player:
1994–1996 Hapoel Tel Aviv
1996–1998 Hapoel Eilat
1998–2000 Maccabi Haifa
2000–2003 Hapoel Jerusalem
2003–2004 Bnei Hasharon
2004–2005 SLUC Nancy
2005–2007 Hapoel Jerusalem
2007–2009 Bnei Hasharon
2009–2010 Maccabi Rishon LeZion
2010–2012 Maccabi Ashdod
2012–2013 Hapoel Jerusalem
2013–2015 Ironi Nes Ziona
2015–2016 Maccabi Kiryat Gat
As coach:
2016–present Maccabi Ashdod
Career highlights and awards

Meir Tapiro (Hebrew: מאיר טפירו‎‎), born March 28, 1975) is a former Israeli basketball player and current coach for Maccabi Ashdod. Tapiro played at the point guard position.

Tapiro has started playing at the youth department of Elitzur Kiryat Ata. He started his professional career at Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin. During his career, Tapiro played also at Hapoel Tel Aviv, Hapoel Eilat, Hapoel Jerusalem, Bnei HaSharon, Nancy, Maccabi Rishon LeZion and Maccabi Ashdod.

Triple doubles[edit]

Tapiro was the first Israeli player to achieve a Triple-double. It happened during a game on February 1, 1999 when he finished the game with 16 Points, 12 Rebounds and 10 Assists playing for Maccabi Haifa. Meir was also the first Israeli to achieve a Triple-double in an international game as he led Hapoel Jerusalem to a 118–95 win over BC Odessa at the EuroCup Challenge in 2003. Up to date Tapiro has achieved 6 Triple Doubles throughout his career.

Israel national team[edit]

Meir played for the Israeli National Team in every Eurobasket from 1999 to 2007, participating in Eurobasket 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007. His best performance on a Eurobasket event was at Eurobasket 2001 where he averaged 13.3 Pts, 4.8 Rebs and 3.5 Assists.

On May 27, 2009, in the age of 34, Tapiro announced his immediate retirement from the Israeli national team, which is due to participate in Eurobasket 2009, citing the need to rest and prepare himself physically and mentally for next season.


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