Cleveland’s Casspi suits up again
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Omri Casspi didn’t hit the boards Tuesday night when his team defeated the Washington Wizards by the score of 95-90, but just suiting up for the game was to him a minor victory .
Casspi, the only Israeli-born player to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), was back practicing with the team on Monday and at courtside for the game at the Quicken Loans Arena for the first time since being diagnosed with acute appendicitis while on tour with the team on February 23 in Orlando, FL. An emergency operation was performed at Orlando Regional Medical Center almost immediately and a determined Casspi returned to Cleveland just two days after his appendix was removed.
According to a news report in the Cleveland Jewish News, Casspi missed “Jewish Community Night” on February 27, while he was recuperating. The 6-foot-9 Casspi claimed he regretted that, but acknowledged it was more important or him to heal and rest at home. The athlete, who keeps kosher, claimed also not to have eaten anything while in hospital, but stated he somewhat surprisingly didn’t have much of an appetite during his initial recovery.