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    Default Re: Omri Casspi: Twinkle Toes

    Man, two siblings in the army? That's tough. No matter what he does on the court, I hope he doesn't have to lose a family member.

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    Quote Originally Posted by narbar32 View Post
    Casspi has the worst ballhandling ability I've ever seen in an NBA SF. He looks like... well... me out there trying to control my dribble and get past NBA defenders.

    Seriously, he dribbles ridiculously high and every single bounce of the ball appears to command his utmost concentration. It's just hilarious and tragic and wildly frustrating to watch.
    That reminds me of good old




    I think a lot of things about basketball are still foreign to Casspi. Including winning..

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    Was it against the Thunder that Omri blew a fast break dunk by simply not jumping high enough? The ref called the foul anyways because it just didn't seem possible an NBA player could only get off the ground 6 inches without getting touched. I was hoping one of our fine GIF smiths could capture that moment so it could then be used as part of a tank montage towards the end of the season.

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    I find it funny that people yes including me thought this guy was going to answer our SF woes.....Out of all the times iv made statements about the Cavs the past 2 years i can say this is the only time that iv been 100%, dead, in no situation am i even close to being right.......WRONG.

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    I think he could actually be a very good player coming off the bench, he has size, can shoot threes and plays good defense most of the time, thought he played really well tonight and would like to see him get more minutes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMar Lion View Post
    Casspi only has 1 speed...and it's about 2 clicks slower than everyone else. He looks lost out there; keep him out there with CJ miles.....someone get a +/- for me when they are both on the floor at the same time

    His shot looks better....but I still hate how he brings it down to his nuts before shooting.
    Plus 3 in 33 minutes of play together.

    With the ball casspi's speed is a 1. Without the ball he is very fast for his height. He actually scored a lot of fast break points with Sacramento due to his speed but the cavs don't run as much especially not the second unit.

    Third highest PER on the team and best AFG without having any skills is quite impressive.

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    I can envision a bench unit of Pargo-Gibson-Casspi-Jones-Zeller that isn't the worst bench in the NBA. That might just be me and my great imagining skills, though.

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    From the New York Times:

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    First Israeli in the N.B.A. Hopes for More Minutes
    By HILLEL KUTTLER
    Published: December 1, 2012

    PHILADELPHIA — When a driving Kyrie Irving guided a nifty behind-the-back bounce pass to Anderson Varejao for a layup in Brooklyn last month, their Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Omri Casspi, leapt from his seat in fist-pumping delight.

    Rarely, though, was Casspi, a 6-foot-9 forward, getting off the bench and into a game. A first-round draft pick in 2009 who joined the Sacramento Kings as Israel’s first player in the N.B.A., Casspi, 24, logged just 34 minutes in Cleveland’s first eight games this season, including three minutes against the Nets. In four of those games he did not appear.

    Recently, Casspi’s fortunes have improved, although the team’s have not. The Cavaliers are 3-12 and have lost 10 of their last 12 games. They recently lost Irving, their point guard and last season’s rookie of the year, through mid-December to a broken finger.

    In a 110-108 loss to Miami on Nov. 24, Casspi scored 15 points in 15 minutes off the bench, hitting all four of his 3-point attempts. His 26 points combined against the Heat and at Orlando the night before doubled his season total.

    But even with his increased playing time, the 25.1 minutes a game Casspi averaged as a rookie are a distant memory. He was at 12.5 minutes a game this season, with no starts, after Friday night’s game against Atlanta. (He averaged 31 starts in his first three seasons.) His scoring average has steadily declined, to 6 points per game this season, from 10.3 in 2009-10, then 8.6 and 7.1.

    His modestly expanded role in recent days came just as Casspi’s eyes gazed homeward, where the cross-border attacks between Israel and Hamas’s militia in Gaza lasted for more than a week until a cease-fire took effect Nov. 21.

    Casspi’s hometown, Yavne, near the Mediterranean coast, was struck by rockets launched from Gaza, and his parents, Shimon and Ilana, rushed for bomb shelters when air-raid sirens wailed, Casspi said during a conversation in the locker room before a recent Cavaliers-76ers game here. Casspi’s sister, Aviv, serves in the military in the country’s center, a region that also was hit by enemy rockets. And Casspi was concerned that his brother, Eitan, who coaches a junior basketball team near Tel Aviv, would soon be summoned by his paratrooper reserve unit.

    Telephone calls with his family did not increase during the crisis, Casspi said, because they speak daily, anyway. He said he was not distracted by the fighting back home. “It doesn’t affect me,” he said. “I’m a professional.”

    And as he struggled for playing time, the soft-spoken Casspi projected optimism that better times would come through sweat equity.

    Before and after Cavaliers’ practice sessions, he puts in additional time working with the assistant coaches Paul Pressey and Jamahl Mosley on his cuts and movement in the team’s defense-first system. Casspi also works out at night on nongame days, a routine he began with some Kings teammates during his two years in Sacramento.

    Late last season, Casspi’s first with Cleveland, Coach Byron Scott criticized him and several unnamed Cavaliers as being slow to absorb the playbook. But entering this season, Scott indicated that Casspi had shown improvement both in training camp and in his 10 games last summer with Israel’s national team as it qualified for next year’s European championship.

    Casspi said he prepared himself to contribute when called upon, and that while he preferred additional court time, he knew he had to earn it. “There are 450 players in the league, and if you ask them, they’ll all say they want to play more,” he said.

    Lafayette Lever, the Kings’ director of player development, said that in Sacramento Casspi was a hard worker who “put extra pressure on himself,” especially when his playing time dropped.

    “If he missed a shot, it would be upsetting to him,” Lever said. “And when you’re not playing as much as you want, every moment is critical.”

    The Kings’ decision to trade Casspi resulted not from their souring on him, but from a poor team’s need “to experiment” with new combinations of players, Lever said.

    Casspi, too, said he could not identify any turning point that led to a diminished role with Sacramento. As he went through a similar experience early this season with Cleveland, Casspi said he expected the pendulum to swing back.

    “I always have the faith and belief that things will get better,” he said. “It’s a long season, a long career. It’s a journey. The N.B.A. is a tough league to play in. You’ve got to go through what you go through and learn from the experience.”

    Scott said that Casspi had earned his increased minutes. His re-emergence in the rotation. Scott said, was a result of Casspi’s being “a little bit more comfortable” within the team’s system and from the inconsistent play of the small forwards C. J. Miles and Alonzo Gee.

    I see improvement from last year to this year,” Scott said of Casspi. “He’s gotten more confident in our offensive and defensive schemes. Omri is doing the things he needs to do, and is very capable of doing, to earn his current playing time.”

    His teammates have noticed. Varejao believes that Casspi could be turning the corner.

    “He can really help us with his rebounding and playing good team defense,” Varejao said. “He works hard in practice, plays hard, tries to get better, tries to fit into the system coach has.”

    Against the 76ers, Casspi played an eight-minute stretch in the first and second quarters. He made a 3-pointer early, hit two free throws and missed another 3-point shot.

    He next saw action early in the fourth quarter, during which Philadelphia forward Evan Turner blocked Casspi’s shot from the top of the key. Later, Casspi caught a 76ers air ball and whipped an outlet pass that led to a fast break.

    When Casspi left the game for good, he returned to his regular spot in the first seat beside the assistant coaches.

    In that location, he “stays better engaged with what is happening on the court and learns more,” Scott said.

    As Casspi sat at his locker chewing bites of a banana before the game, he said he strove to meet his coach’s and his own expectations.

    Scott “wants me to run hard every time down the floor, on defense and on offense,” he said. “If coach wants me to do it harder, I do it harder.”

    The morning after the Miami game, Casspi, speaking by telephone before the Cavaliers flew to Memphis, said his increased minutes were “a great compliment to our coaches” who push him to improve.

    “It’s just the beginning of the season,” Casspi said. “I need to do my job on a consistent basis. You’ve got to stay ready, stay positive. I knew the opportunity would come at some point. You’ve got to take advantage of the opportunities, stay aggressive and play your game.”

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    Default Re: Omri Casspi: Twinkle Toes

    Casspi has definitely been playing better lately. Whatever he's doing, it appears to be working. If he keeps this up he could be a legitimate bench guy for us going forward, which is basically the role I pictured for him when he was traded here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Brickman View Post
    Casspi has definitely been playing better lately. Whatever he's doing, it appears to be working. If he keeps this up he could be a legitimate bench guy for us going forward, which is basically the role I pictured for him when he was traded here.
    You could visibly notice him get down on himself after missing a shot or fouling. He has appeared to get his head right as his body language seems very professional now. He does look a lot faster, so his knee must have been a pretty big problem last year. I just wonder if he can improve enough to make much of a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavatt View Post
    You could visibly notice him get down on himself after missing a shot or fouling. He has appeared to get his head right as his body language seems very professional now. He does look a lot faster, so his knee must have been a pretty big problem last year. I just wonder if he can improve enough to make much of a difference.
    I've never really seen him as a long-term starter, but if he continues to give good effort on defense and knock down threes, well, that's exactly what you want from a bench guy at the three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavatt View Post
    You could visibly notice him get down on himself after missing a shot or fouling. He has appeared to get his head right as his body language seems very professional now. He does look a lot faster, so his knee must have been a pretty big problem last year. I just wonder if he can improve enough to make much of a difference.
    He looks good right now, I thought he played well at times while in Sacramento and he looks to maybe be regaining some of that form. He's shooting 52% from three point land which is ridiculous and a sign he has been working on his game. Caspi and Zeller could really make the bench solid with Pargo running the point I think.....

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    Default Re: Omri Casspi: Twinkle Toes

    He's been automatic in spot-up situations (anyone have the numbers to back this statement up?). I also like how active he's been on both ends, crashing the boards and just being in constant motion.

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    Gotta say, the guy really has come around. You still have to wonder who he is, though. Is he the guy we all wanted throw overboard or this guy now who seems to be some sort of legit 6th man type?

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    Casspi has two confidence modes: zero and over.
    He is either all-giddy or sulking.
    Like a bipolar puppy.

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