Omri Casspi, Shalom!

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The Cavs traded J.J. Hickson for Omri Casspi tonight. Hickson seems to have a fairly bright future. He’s young, athletic, only three years in the league, and bumped up his numbers this year to a respectable 13.8 PPG and 8.7 RPG. What Cavs fans will really bemoan is the fact that Hickson (allegedly) was the piece the Cavs refused to trade for Amare Stoudamire at the deadline back when they were trying to surround “The Chosen One” with a title team. On the downside, Hickson has clashed with head coach Byron Scott. His consistency is questionable at best. And, most damning of all, a former teammate of Hickson’s has told me, in so many words, that the guy is a selfish child (seriously, I know it is weird to hear from a blog with zero connections, but I sh** you not). The Cavs also picked another young, athletic power forward in the draft, Tristan Thompson. So Hickson was expendable. Not to mention the Cavs logjam at PF with Jamison, Varejao, Samuels, Harangody, Thompson, Hot Rod Williams, Hot Plate Williams, and Fletch.

Casspi, whose name I’ve misspelled fourteen different ways while trying to put out this post (and it ain’t that fricking hard to spell), was a bench player with the lowly Kings. He has started just 58 of the 148 games he’s played in. His numbers in rebounding, points, minutes, and assists slightly declined in his second NBA season. Yet, I’m excited as all heck to get the guy. He’s a 6′-9″ swingman with a career 37% shooting percentage from behind the arc. The Cavs have no legit starting NBA 3 until today. His stats don’t tell crap about the story. My eyes tell everything.

Let me take you back to the 2009-2010 season when LeBron was wrecking sh** and the Cavs were on their way to the first Cleveland sports championship in 837 years, or so I thought. Despite the fact that I was reading umpteenhundred (rough estimate, I can’t back that up) pages a night for law school, I watched every Cavs game. Two of those games were against the Sacramento Kings. It was a Kings team that featured rookie Tyreke Evans doing everything and a bunch of other guys doing nothing. When most lowly teams would face the Cavs and especially, LBJ, they would melt into the seats of the Q. However, when the Cavs played the Kings, one player besides Evans stood out. That player was Mitch Cumstain, my college roommate. Actually, it was Omri Casspi. The dude was tough as nails, didn’t back down from the King, and got under the Cavs’ skin. He also hit lots of bombs and made things generally unpleasant for the Cavs.

I don’t know about yous guys, but I make a mental note of every player the Ca-dav-a-lieres play that I’d like to see in the Wine and Gold. Then, I immediately rule out players no team in their right (or wrong) mind would trade to the Cavs, like Evans, Black Mamba, D-wade, Durant, Duncan, Howard, ect… Of the guys I thought could actually get traded whom I wanted to see play in Cleve-town, Casspi topped the list, or was at least top five.

Admittedly, “The Decision” took a little of the p&v out of yours truly and I didn’t catch much NBA action this season. On the assumption that over the past year, Casspi didn’t suddenly turn from a scrappy guy with size and talent into Shirley Temple, this Cavs fan is officially excited. Shalom!

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About the Author: I am a Cleveland sports and Buffalo Sabres fanatic. I'm currently living in Erie, but even when I'm not there, Erie runs deep in me. I'm an ex multi-sport goalie, and we goalies tend to see things a bit differently. I went to college with Cecilio's Scribe and I am also a Big Red afficiando. Otherwise my college sports loyalties are all over the place. I try to keep my posts light, but I'm a Cleveland fan so the occassional rant is possible (inevitable?).

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  1. Cecilio's Scribe says:

    is it me or does he look dangerously close to losing that ball on the way up and clanging it off back rim? not that it's an omen or anything

  2. Erie's Scribe says:

    That's just part of Omri's deception game.

  3. EelsUpInsideYou says:

    Gotta love how you refer to Sacto as "the lowly Kings" every time you mention their name here. As a Sacramento fan, I'll admit that we have been guilty of downgrading other bad teams to make ourselves look better, especially over the last few years.

    Alas, I can't recall reading an article from our side that points out how terrible another team is at any available chance.

    I've got nothing against your city (been there many times, and enjoyed myself), so I won't attack it. I will, however, gladly remind you that the Cavs are worse than "lowly". You guys never accomplished a thing pre-LeBron, and while the bulk of the NBA community might give you some much-deserved sympathy, you'll be cellar dwellers next year, too. Probably the year after that. Your GM is a glorified child, your coach (like ours) can't get even the smallest bit of respect out of the roster, and while Sac might be guilty of draft day's biggest trade blunder, the Cavs embarrassed themselves further by completely blowing the fourth pick on a future role player.

    Drop your ego, and quit trying to downgrade other bad teams. Chances are, the one you follow is even worse.

  4. Erie's Scribe says:

    EelsUpInsideYou, wow, love your spunk. I find it laughable that you pick apart my only two comments about the Kings in a piece about how I excited I am to have Casspi headed to the Cavs.

    I know the Cavs were terrible this year. One could refer to the 2010-2011 Cavs as lowly, crappy, stinky, bad, ect. When briefly mentioning a 25-57, 2009-2010 club and a 24-58, 2010-2011 club in a post, "lowly" doesn't seem so bad to me. How would you describe them?

  5. Wayner says:

    Wow…the anger is palpable, and I believe incorrectly so. While I will admit to being a homer for the Cavs, I personally know Erie's Scribe, and I know he wouldn't intentionally poke fun at the "lowly Kings". We all know the Cavs sucked last year and were terrible, but to take offense at discussing a team in perpetual rebuilding as "lowly" is misguided at best. Also, pointing to the Cavs drafting Thompson (who will be a 10-10 guy next year–not terrible) as a poor move when the Kings draft yet another all-offense, no-defense player (seriously, odds that they score 110 a game and have 26 wins are high) seems short-sighted. Just my two cents.

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