Big Apple, Big Night

In the February 10th edition of the Sacramento Bee, Ailene Voison wrote about the game in which the Sacramento Kings traveled to New York to take on the Knicks.

Much of what the article discussed was the importance of the game, not just to the team but to a certain Kings player.  Omri Casspi, the first Israeli-born NBA player, had his first game in New York Tuesday.

The Knicks were celebrating Jewish Heritage Night, and on this night Omri made an impression on a special stage.  Omri started off hot, scoring 16 of his 18 points in the first half.  His teammates were there to back him up, when he cooled off.  New York native and fellow rookie Tyreke Evans came up big the 4th quarter and extra period scoring 14 of his 27 points in that time.  Kevin Martin came off the bench to start the game but ended up starting OT, scoring the first 9 points in the extra five minutes.

Voison focused more on the antics around the game than the game itself, but for a team that has been struggling like this team has it’s just nice to see a win.

“I know how much this meant to him.  There so many Jewish people here.  It was almost a home game for him,” said Evans.  “I was so happy for him.”

The Sacramento Kings have reached their win total from last year, 17 wins.  The Kings play the Detroit Pistons tonight, looking to get their 18th win after number 18, Omri Casspi,  proved himself on the biggest of stages.

Look for the Kings’ rookies, Tyreke Evans and Omri Casspi, in the All-Star weekend festivities.

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