Casspi on White House visit: 'Just an awesome experience'

Casspi on White House visit: 'Just an awesome experience'
December 7, 2013, 9:30 am
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Omri Casspi on his visit to the White House

(Photo courtesy of Omri Casspi's Instagram: omricasspi18)
CSNHouston Staff

Omri Casspi made the trip of a lifetime on Thursday.

The Rockets forward, who is the NBA’s first Israeli player, was invited to the White House for a reception to celebrate the final night of Hanukkah. He took his mother, whom Casspi said was more nervous than he was to attend, but she was calm enough to shoot videos throughout the night.

In this 1-on-1 interview with CSN Houston’s Rockets sideline reporter, Bart Enis, Casspi said he was able to get some of his own 1-on-1 conversation in with President Barack Obama, which is captured in a series of Instagram videos he posted (see below). Everyone knows the President is a big sports fan, particularly basketball. Casspi said the President thanked him for coming and said he’s excited to watch the Rockets this season. The President also asked how things were going with Dwight Howard, who their next opponent was and even extended an invitation to play a game of hoops at the White House. Casspi also presented President Obama with a Rockets jersey with the No. 18 and “Obama” on the back.

Hopefully, Casspi was able to redeem himself during his visit after his rendition of the Dreidel song.