Rockets’ Casspi Doesn’t Want More US Israeli Drama

Will Grubb, Sports Radio 610
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Houston (CBS Houston) – Rocket’s forward Omri Casspi is the first Israeli born player in NBA history, a distinction that earned him a White House invite to help president Obama recognize Hanukkah.

“To meet the President of the United States, to represent my country, it’s just unbelievable,” Casspi said via Fox 26’s Mark Berman.

Casspi hopes to get the chance to hoop it up with Obama, a well documented hoops enthusiast. But he also worries the wrong move could affect US-Israeli relations. When asked if he would block the leader of the free world’s shot, Casspi knew the implications could be huge.

“I don’t want Israeli-United States drama, more drama” Casspi said via Fox 26’s Mark Berman.

Casspi doesn’t plan to keep the conversation solely on hoops.

“We’ll talk about our agreement with Iran and Israel and our relationship and everything like that,” Casspi said, partly in jest.


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