(Because Jews + hoops = Joops)
Omri Casspi made his 2018 debut with the Memphis Grizzles on Friday, scoring 11 points in 24 minutes off the bench to help his team beat the visiting Atlanta Hawks, 131-117.
The 30-year-old Israeli import — and the only Jew in the league at this point — hit on four of eight field goal attempts (missing both tries from three-point land) and three of six foul shots. He also pulled down four rebounds and made two assists.
Casspi — who seems to have missed more than his share of games due to various injuries and coaches’ ennui — did not appear in the season opener, a 111-83 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
The Grizzlies (1-1) are his seventh team in his nine-year NBA career,: Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Kings (again), New Orleans Pelicans (for whom he scored 12 points in his only appearance before before getting hurt), Minnesota Timberwolves, Kings (again!), and the Golden State Warriors, who mercilessly released him with two games left on the schedule last year. I can’t figure out why he can’t stick since he’s generally regarded as a great teammate and a solid bench player. Maybe this is his year.