Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Omri Casspi 'proud to be Israeli'
Omri Casspi (Hebrew: עומרי כספי, born June 22, 1988 in Israel) is a professional basketball player who was drafted 23rd overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings, making him the first Israeli to be selected in the first round of the draft. He is 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) tall and plays at the small forward position. With his debut with the Kings in 2009, Casspi became the first Israeli to play in an NBA game.
Israeli Consulate in Boston holds special reception for Sacramento Kings forward. 'His success in basketball is an example of the State of Israel's success,' says Consul General Nadav Tamir
The Israeli Consulate in Boston on Thursday night held a special festive reception for Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi, a day before his team faced the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
American Jews who attended the event received flags and shirts of Israel. Casspi handed out signatures to children and other fans and gave an interview to a local television station.
"We are glad to host Omri in Boston," said Israeli Consul General Nadav Tamir. "He is proud to be Israeli and we Israelis are proud of him. His big success in the field of basketball is an example of the State of Israel's success in many fields, against all odds, thanks to a lot of creativity and courage."