Omri Casspi: “I Love Cleveland”

I love Cleveland. They gave me a lot, I owe them a big one. […] Basically, I just have to go back to playing my basketball. To be good, effective, to punish — everything I didn’t do last season. I need to go back to my old self. I know that the team brought more players on the wings, and everybody in Cleveland is good. But none of us is an All- Star. We don’t have Kobe or LeBron there. Coach [Byron] Scott says that whoever is better will play, and I believe him.

–Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Omri Casspi, discussing the 2012-13 season with Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv. After being acquired for power forward JJ Hickson a year ago, Casspi disappointed, averaging 7.1 points on a career low 40.3 percent shooting. The team recently added small forward CJ Miles and is still attempting to agree to terms with forward Alonzo Gee and it was recently reported that Casspi could be bought out by the Cavaliers.

[Related: McCoy: No Place I’d Rather be but Cleveland]

(Source: Jodie Valade)

  • BrownsFanSF

    Well… he is saying the right things. Let’s hope Byron found a way to light a fire for the guy.

  • mgbode

    after last season, he might want to light a candle.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I feel so much better about the upcoming season now!

  • DontbringLBJback

    This guy is really an enigma to me. He has the tools. He shows signs of being a player once in a while… but for the most part just looks lost and uninterested.

  • http://twitter.com/GreatestHurley Jason Hurley

    Or wax a chump like a candle.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Btw where’s Bar Refaeli at I could have sworn Chris Grant said we’d be seeing more of her around town as a result of trading for you? That was the best part of the deal!

  • BenRM

    read: I love having a job!

  • Harv 21

    Never thought he looked disinterested. Lost, unsure and slow afoot, definitely. Another in a long line of supposed shooters who can’t do it here: Danny Ferry, Wesley Person, Trajan Langdon, Dajuan Wagner, Donyell Marshall … Kind of amazing that lurpy Z was a bigger threat from the outside than any of them.

  • cmm13

    Cleveland Ohio: “We love Omri Casspi(‘s wife)”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    She was in Greece taking a swim I mean we have this big ‘ol lake she could dip her lovely little piggies in any time! C’mon Casspi get it together.

  • Derek

    punish? that’s exactly the word I associate him with