Israeli international Omri Casspi, recently in the ranks of the Maccabi, announced his retirement from professional basketball at a press conference in Tel Aviv this Sunday.
Casspi ends a long career at 33, after winning four Israeli League titles and two Israel Cups. They all came with Maccabi, which has been the only club Caspi played for outside of the NBA, with the exception of Hapoel Galil Elyon, where he spent a season on loan early in his career.
“Basketball has given me a lot over the years,” he said. Casspi. “I want to thank the Maccabi family, a club that taught me a lot about professionalism, hard work, victory at all costs. It fell on very modest ears and I appreciate those values that I learned, “he added.
In the NBA Casspi played for ten years playing on a total of seven teams: Sacramento Kings (23rd overall pick in 2009 draft), Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies.
With the announcement of Casspi, this summer marks the end of a legendary generation in European basketball, which has seen the recent retirements of Felipe Kings, Vasilis Spanoulis, Nikos Zisis, Fernando Saint Emeterio, Giannis Bourousis, Milenko Tepic and Stratos Perperoglou.