Casspi Hangs it Up


Israeli Star Omri Casspi Calls it a Career Retires at Age 33

Omri Casspi was the first Israeli-born basketball player to step on an NBA court and on Sunday, the 33-year old forward has decided to call it a career.

After spending the majority of his professional career in America playing in the NBA, Casspi played out the final two years of his career in Israel, suiting up for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Originally drafted in 2009, Casspi played 10 years in the NBA, splitting time between the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Golden State Warriors.

“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. “I realized it was my time to quit active basketball play, and start the next stage of life.”

The Holon-native’s best season came in 2015-16 when he averaged 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a member of the Kings. Though injuries may have plagued Casspi throughout his career, he was able to receive a championship ring in 2018 though he was left off the Golden State Warriors postseason roster.

After playing in only 36 games for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018-19, he opted to return back home to Israel.

“Returning to Maccabi was a coming-full-circle moment, to the home where I grew up and was educated. It was a difficult time, but I will always remain a fan and lover of Maccabi,” he said.

Congratulations Omri on a remarkable career as the NBA’s first Israeli player!


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