I wanted to pass along this feature article about Omri Casspi in Ha’aretz. The difference between this piece and my blog post from last week is that Doron Tamari was actually able to interview the Israeli basketball star. It is similar to my post because both feature me being quoted (although in the Ha’aretz piece, I am “a third fan”). This is a quick excerpt from Tamari’s piece:
Madison Square Garden has hosted many magical moments in sports history, including NBA and NHL championships, boxing matches involving Ali and Frazier and even an exhibition game featuring Maccabi Tel Aviv. On Thursday night, the Garden was again the backdrop to history when Omri Casspi, a Rehovot native and Maccabi Tel Aviv player, was picked by the Sacramento Kings with the 23rd pick in the 2009 NBA draft, becoming the first ever Israeli to be selected in the opening round.
“I’m still in a state of disbelief,” Casspi, who turned 21 last week, reacted yesterday as he arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport to catch a flight to the U.S. “I haven’t slept in two days. Maybe I’ll get some sleep on the flight.”
In case anyone was wondering, Casspi has also chosen his jersey number. You guessed it. 18.