The Golden Years


   Omir Casspi is my second cousin who is very outgoing and had a passion to play baseball at a very young age. He was Born on June 22, 1988  in Holon, Israel. His height is 6′9. Every time he came to my house, because we had a court in my backyard, he would make jokes that he would be a famous basketball player. Now, he is a professional basketball player who played in the NBA.  He became the first Israeli player to be drafted in the first round and the first player from Israel to play in the NBA. When he made his debut on October 28, 2009, at Oklahoma City, he played at the small forward position, but could also play at the power forward position. His dream finally came true when he got drafted and picked to play for the Sacramento Kings. He played for this team for more than 3 years, and then transferred to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played in 65 games, with 35 starts averaged, 7.1 points, .403 shooting, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in 20.6 minutes per game as a starter. He would grow to average 7.7 points on .415 shooting, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 23.1 minutes per game. He scored a season-high 14 points to go along with seven rebounds at Charlotte on Jan. 16, where he grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and scored six points against Sacramento. On February  19, he recorded a season-high four steals and added nine points and two rebounds. Overall, he scored 10 or more points 16 times and 14 points three times, led or tied for the team lead in scoring once, rebounds twice, steals eight times, and blocks 10 times before he “Did not dress” on April 26 with right knee quad tendonitis. However, in 2015, he returned to the court with the Golden State Warriors,
   In one of his interviews with a Golden State spokesperson, Omri said “we live in a world where social media only gives us the good but you don’t see the bad, don’t judge someone by what they do on the internet. If they are picture-perfect, in the real world they may not be.” Regarding the game, he said “I want to put myself in the best situation to win … I’ve been on some better teams, and some bad teams, and obviously knowing what I know now about the game, it’s always about winning at the end. And I love the game. It’s never been about money for me; it’s never been about making the most money; I could’ve made more money with different teams. And I want to grow as a basketball player, I want to be remembered at the end that I did all I can to become a better basketball player. I felt like joining a team that played the right way, with guys that they have, and coaches that they have, is going to put me where I can develop my game, and develop my brand into another level.” Omri Casspi helped lead the Golden State Warriors to their eighth straight win last night, and he celebrated by lighting a giant menorah with hundreds of his fellow Bay Area Jews. Casspi, an Israeli in his first season with the Warriors, scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds in the 112-97 win Dec. 14 against the Dallas Mavericks. One of the best performances of his nine-year NBA career came on the Warriors’ Jewish Heritage Night and the third night of Hanukkah. As of July 2021, Omri has retired and has a wife and beautiful kids. He also has a podcast where he tells his fans about the journey of his basketball career and also teaches younger kids how to play basketball.