Omri Casspi RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
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James Ham: “I love it here. I want to come back. My agent knows that, I know that, I love it here.” -Omri Casspi on wanting to return to Sacramento
During a recent game against the Washington Wizards, Paul Pierce pushed Omri Casspi out of bounds and into a little girl. On Tuesday, Casspi tried to make it up to the little girl by giving her an Elsa doll. You know, Elsa, from that movie Frozen that people are for some reason still crazy about.
If Casspi re-signs with the Kings, his girlfriend Shani Ruderman, a Los Angeles native who has practiced law in Israel, plans to take the California bar exam. She’s taking classes at Sacramento State to improve her English language skills. “Shani loves it here,” Casspi said. “We both do. This community has been through so much, and now we are on the right path. I want to be a part of that, especially with that new arena coming, coach Karl and Vlade here. When the time comes, my agent will talk to (general manager) Pete (D’Alessandro) and hopefully we get it done.”
“I want to come back here so badly,” Casspi, a first-round draft pick by the Kings in 2009, said. “I love the community and I feel like the team is finally moving in the right direction. George Karl’s system is great, and I’m not just saying that because I play for him, but because I really do believe this is the right way to play basketball. Spacing the floor. Moving, making extra passes, sharing the ball. Getting our hands on balls, deflections, then getting out and running. Unfortunately, coach Karl has not had a lot of time to teach us everything, but these last two games, you can see what we can become.”
Ailene Voisin: Frustration level reaching boiling point. Omri Casspi pulled from game , gestures and speaks angrily – while seated – to asst Micah Nori.
Sean Cunningham: Omri Casspi and Ramon Sessions did not practice today. Both remain hobbled with same injuries. #NBAKings
Additionally, Omri Casspi has been downgraded to out for Tuesday’s tilt with a left knee bone contusion. Casspi has missed Sacramento’s previous four games due to injury.
Though he’s quite serious about his sport, it’s obvious Casspi is also having a fantastic time. Earlier this month, he was caught on camera helping Cousins adjust his headband on the bench, a textbook example of how tight-knit the Kings are. “We looked at it right after the game and we’re already viral on Twitter, and it was just fun to see, because I didn’t know the camera was on,” Casspi said with a laugh. “Everybody’s on the same page; everyone’s trying to work hard and get better. It’s all about getting the right group of guys, good locker room people, where it’s fun to come to work every day.”
For his part, Casspi views his newly aggressive modus operandi as a positive byproduct of his return to his old stomping grounds. “More than anything, it’s just being comfortable — comfortable in the role, comfortable in the system, comfortable in the city,” Casspi said, “I like to be able to not just be a three-point shooter, to penetrate and get into the lane and create. “It’s just fun, you know? It’s pretty simple.”
After finding his way back to where he always believed he belonged, Casspi hopes to stick around for a while. Along with the rest of his teammates, he supported Gay by attending last week’s press conference to announce his extension. Might there be something similar in Casspi’s future? “I love it here!” Casspi said, with a laugh. “Obviously it’s still early, so I’m trying not to think about that sort of stuff right now. I’m just trying to think of how I can help my team win the next basketball game.”
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While the basketball was great, Israel wasn’t the safest spot in the world this summer. Casspi found himself in the middle of not only a political storm, but a full-fledged conflict. Like most players, basketball became an escape for the 6-foot-9 forward. But for Casspi, the bounce of the ball had to drown out the pounding of missile strikes. “At some point, you want to leave politics aside and you want to just focus on what I’m here to do,” Casspi said. “That’s to just play basketball and help my team, my Kings, to win as many basketball games as possible for our fans, for ourselves, for our organization. That’s what I’m here for. So I’m trying to focus on basketball as much as I can.”
After three seasons away, Omri Casspi is back with the Sacramento Kings. He’s not the same player the Kings drafted with the 23rd overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Israeli born forward is no longer a rookie with unlimited upside. He is a veteran now and he understands that he is back in Sacramento to play a role, which is something he was not prepared to do as a young player. “A lot more mature,” Casspi said of how he is different this time around. “I think experience is a big part of it. Knowing my role, what I need to do to help this team win basketball games.”
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Casspi confirmed on Friday that he is interested in being a part of the franchise. “We’ll see, they’re building a team and hopefully I’ll be a part of it. I want to be a part of it because I love soccer and I love the city of Sacramento, I think it’s going to be great. I’m a big fan, and I enjoyed the game two weeks ago when I was there. I wish I could go tomorrow, but we have stuff to get done here first – I’ll follow it,” Casspi said.