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Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
Position: -
Born: 06/22/88
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Earnings: $18,320,477 ($20,042,218*)
Last week, at the age of 33, Omri Casspi announced his retirement from professional basketball. However, the former NBA player didn’t wait long to kick off another new post-basketball career, alongside his successful podcast. Casspi is using his fortune to invest in early-stage startups. Recently, the man considered one of the most successful Israeli basketball players of all time, put on his angel hat, investing in Israeli startup Boards’s $6.5 million funding round, led by Bessemer.

Omri Casspi on his retirement: I reached peaks that I never dreamed of

Omri Casspi, the first Israeli player to break through in the NBA, announced his retirement from professional basketball on Sunday. Casspi, 33, has spent the last two seasons at Maccabi Tel Aviv — where he first starred before being selected in the 2009 NBA Draft — but has been plagued by injuries. “Basketball has given me a lot over the years. I reached the peaks of European and world basketball that I never dreamed of. I did not believe I’d make those dreams come true,” he said in a statement.
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Culture and Sports Minister Chili Tropper said: “Omri Caspi has shown us throughout his career how much hard work, how much sacrifice is required, and how much determination is necessary when you want to become an elite athlete, when you want to break through.” “Omri is honorably ending his sports career today. I wish us, Israeli sports in particular and the State of Israel as a whole, more athletes and people who will lead us, on and off the playing field,” Tropper added.
“The game of basketball has given me a lot over the years,” Caspi said in his opening remarks. “As a young boy from Yavneh who started playing with friends and my big brother, who did not really know what he was saying and went out with number 18 on his shirt, today on July 18 I retire. For the [Maccabi] family, this is a group that taught me a lot about professionalism, hard work, victory at all costs. It fell on very modest ears and I appreciate those values ​​I learned”.