Casspi headed to the White House

Casspi headed to the White House
December 4, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Casspi on visit to White House

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CSNHouston Staff

Rockets forward Omri Casspi is going to have a busy next 48 hours, but they will be an unforgettable 48 hours.

After playing the Suns on Wednesday in Houston, Casspi will travel to Washington, D.C., to attend a reception with his mother at the White House for a reception celebrating the final night of Hanukkah.

“A little, yeah,” Casspi answered when asked if he was nervous about attending the reception.

A native of Israel, Casspi has attended functions with political leaders of his country, but this is a first for him in the United States.

Casspi is aware of President Obama’s affinity for basketball and wished he could play a game or two with the Commander-in-Chief, but he has to catch an early flight back to Houston on Friday morning for the Rockets game that night with the Golden State Warriors.

As for what would happen on the court if he were to play a game with the President? Casspi said he wouldn’t play much defense.

“Let him shoot, let him score, let him feel good. We need that support,” a smiling Casspi said at shootaround on Wednesday. “I don’t want any Israel-United States drama.”