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Omri Casspi is reportedly retiring from basketball

The two-time King is hanging it up.

Omri Casspi is retiring from basketball, according to a report via

Casspi was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2009 with the 23rd overall pick, and spent his first two years in the NBA with Sacramento. After stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets, Casspi returned to the Kings in 2014 and stuck around for two and a half seasons.

Casspi’s time with the Kings was underwhelming, all things considered, but Casspi was a fan favorite especially in his first two years. There was a time when the fan base vehemently argued whether Casspi or Donté Greene would be the small forward of the future.

Casspi has been out of the NBA for two years but continued his career overseas.

For me, it’s strange to see Omri retiring since he was a new player when I first started covering the Kings. I still have his jersey in my closet (a cheap knock off version that a my cousin bought for me at a game). Perhaps that’s why I care that Casspi is done.

This news won’t be notable to the league at large, but to a long-suffering Kings fan it’s a stark reminder of how long we’ve been looking for the next good player to help us get back to the playoffs. The sun has risen and set on many an NBA career over the course of this drought.

I’ll say farewell to Omri by remembering one of the coolest moments of his career, an inexplicable shoot-out between Casspi and Steph Curry:

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July 17, 2021 4:28 pm

The 2009 draft: Tyreke and Omri. Since the Kings had the worst record that year, it was the first year I started getting into the draft process. Little did I know that learning and hoping about draft prospects would become a foundational part of my Kings fandom for over a decade.

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July 17, 2021 7:19 pm
Reply to  TheOldFalcon

Ha! Me too! That was the year I started paying attention to the draft more and college prospects! I can still remember all the picks I made from 2009 up to 2020 on who I wanted the Kings to choose with their pick.

July 18, 2021 7:57 am
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July 18, 2021 7:45 pm
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2008 was the 1st year I paid serious attention to the draft.

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July 17, 2021 4:29 pm

That’s a bit surprising. He’s only 33. I hope it is not a career ending injury or something.

I always loved Casspi. That guy played with passion. He was a bit out of control at times, but you always knew he was going to give you 100%.

Thanks for it all, Omri!

July 17, 2021 4:49 pm

Shalom, Omri. And a mazel on your retirement.

July 17, 2021 4:51 pm

One of my favorite forever Kings. Congrats to a good guy and a productive player who gave it his all.

July 17, 2021 6:02 pm
Reply to  Carl

A great teammate too!

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July 17, 2021 4:54 pm

Enjoyed the effort and heart he played with nightly ! The skill did not match but he had a solid career and should be proud of it !

July 17, 2021 5:21 pm

I’m so old I forgot how to post pictures on here. Also I spent way too much time searching STR for the jetpack Photoshop.

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July 17, 2021 6:30 pm
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I believe you should be able to post a picture by posting a link to the picture (or using the photo icon at the far right if it’s a saved picture).

July 17, 2021 6:14 pm

Thank you for the memory, Casspi

I got one white (Sacramento) and one purple (KIngs) jersey of Casspi……..

July 17, 2021 6:27 pm

I hope Omri has good luck in retirement.

July 17, 2021 6:55 pm

Take it easy Omri.

July 17, 2021 8:07 pm

Congrats on a great career to Omri. Great teammate and fun, energetic player. Will never forget the legendary shootout with Steph

July 17, 2021 8:10 pm
Reply to  GhostMalone

Also that game lives in my mind as the night I knew the DMC experiment had to end. Omri was having the best night of his career and DeMarcus decided he had to get himself ejected. Sad we couldn’t do better for some of the players that have played for this team

July 19, 2021 8:40 am
Reply to  GhostMalone

It’s always the classy move during a tribute/eulogy if you bring up the time the guy’s brother drove the riding mower into the koi pond.

July 18, 2021 1:38 pm
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July 17, 2021 8:38 pm

One of my favorites, he’ll be missed.

By the way, what a game tonight!

July 17, 2021 9:29 pm

But can he play SF?

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July 17, 2021 9:31 pm

Omri will always be one of my favorite all-time Kings players/persons. Class act and did so much for the community. I still remember a few people tweeting at him saying they’d love to go to a Kings game but couldn’t afford it so he bought them all tickets.

July 18, 2021 9:54 am

I don’t live in Sacramento, but Omri seemed to be one of the guys, like IT and Giles to name a few, who truly embraced the city and fans.

He was willing to come back on a low deal and helped Vlade out by signing his deal later. He even invested in the Republic, IIRC.

July 18, 2021 11:45 am

I got a rookie year Omri Casspi autograph when he visited Elk Grove! Have always been a big fan of his.

Thanks Omri! You were one of the good guys!

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July 18, 2021 12:33 pm

Someone really went through and down voted a bunch of comments giving praise and thanks to Omri? I mean, really?

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July 18, 2021 1:32 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

There’s always someone like that in these parts…

July 18, 2021 1:36 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

I would’ve assumed maybe it was Doratio Kane, but he wouldn’t be petty like that.
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July 18, 2021 5:54 pm

Was always on the Omri side of the Omri/Donte debate. I can’t believe looking back that we put that much energy on either player. I wanted Omri to be a better player than he ways. The great thing about Omri was that he never took a game off. He always gave us his best
and always brought energy off the bench. I wish nothing but the best for Omri, will always be one of my favorite Kings.

July 19, 2021 8:09 am

Came here looking for the clip, found the clip. Nicely done.

July 19, 2021 9:05 am

Loved watching the back and forth battle again! That was probably the best highlight of Omri’s career. I had hoped he would have a better career than he did, but enjoyed him while we had him. Enjoy retirement Omri!

July 20, 2021 11:18 am

I was sitting in a pizza parlor in Donner just casually watching that Warriors, Kings game. All of a sudden, Omri started exchanging threes with Steph and I started losing my mind! One of my favorite Kings moments in the last decade.

July 25, 2021 3:57 pm

We were at that game … 2015, right? I want to say Dumbass DeMarcus got ejected like in the first quarter.

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