Omri Casspi on Golden State offer: “It’s a dream come true”

Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi said in an exclusive interview with Channel 2 News that he plans to work very hard during the upcoming season in order to join the Golden State Warriors five-player lineup.
Omri Casspi Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi has agreed to play one season with the league’s 2016-2017 championship team, the Golden State Warriors. In an exclusive interview with Channel 2 News, the basketball star commented on the historic deal: “It’s a dream come true.”

“The real cherry on the top of the cake will be if at the end of the year I’m here with a championship ring and a main player in the rotation,” he continued. “I’m going to work very hard for this.” Casspi also commented on the fact that the team is made up of some of the top basketball stars in the league, which means that it will be difficult for him to be one of the five players on the court. “Many players wanted to get the option to play on this team,” Casspi said. “I know that if I play well, I’ll get the chance.”

“A few days ago, I spoke to Steve Kerr, the coach, who asked me what it would be for me to play on this team and in an organization like this,” Casspi said. “I answered him that from the moment I started to watch basketball in the 1990s when he was playing for the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan hugged the trophy and won the championship, it’s been my dream to be in the same situation.”

Casspi is staying in Israel for a few more days before he flies to California in order to go through the medical evaluations and officially sign with the team because his wife Shani is expected to give birth any day now. “I told Steve Kerr that if I fly before the birth, I will need to sleep on the couch when I come back,” Casspi joked. “He laughed with me. He completely understood.”

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