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NBA Cavalier Omri Casspi a slam dunk for Israel

by Lauren Bottner

November 15, 2011 | 11:39 am

Omri Casspi is done waiting around for the NBA season to start. Haaretz reports that he has signed with the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team amidst the lockout between NBA owners and the basketball players. 

Casspi previously played two seasons with the Sacramento Kings and was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers this past summer only to be benched during the long-lasting labor talks taking place currently. 

So far there has been a 135-day work stoppage.  According to NBA Commissioner David Sternsaid as reported in Haaretz, over one third of the teams were losing money, up to $300 million.  “If the NBA claim loses of 300 million dollars, why aren’t they opening the books to the players and letting us play?” tweeted Casspi.

Casspi, the NBA’s first Israeli-born player, opted for venting via social media, tweeting “It sounds like we are the bad guys here after we agreed to 50/50 which means 2.8 billion dollars to the owners in the course of 10 years,” according to Cleveland.com.

Well for now Casspi is off the table and on his way to shoot hoops for Tel Aviv.  It might be time to become die hards for the Tel Aviv Maccabis should our own NBA season get cancelled.  Go Maccabis!

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