Caspi wrestles Lebron 390.
(photo credit: MCT)
Despite a frustrating first half of the season, Omri Casspi remains upbeat about
his prospects with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Casspi has started every one
of Cleveland’s 28 games ahead of Sunday night’s encounter against his former
team the Sacramento Kings, but he’s averaging career lows in minutes (23 mpg),
points (7.8 ppg) and rebounds (3.2 rpg) among others, struggling particularly on
the offensive end.
The 23-year-old forward admitted that adjusting to
Cleveland after two years in Sacramento has been tougher than he expected, but
he is confident that it won’t be long before everything begins to fall into
“It’s still early in the season to make conclusions,” Casspi said
ahead of the game against Sacramento. “I’m trying to find my way in a new team.
I’m working hard and trying to improve and we’ll make the conclusions at the end
of the year.
“I think defensively I’m really where I want to be. I’ve
made a lot of improvement and made progress. Now I need to work on my offense as
Coach Scott told me a few days ago that sometimes I just have to
focus on other stuff.
“The offense will come eventually.”
had been rumors that Casspi could drop out of Cleveland’s starting five due to
his underwhelming play, but coach Byron Scott has no such intention at the
“I think Omri’s doing a pretty good job,” he said. “Sometimes it
takes six months to a year for a new player to adjust. I think that’s where Omri
is with us. He’s still adjusting, but he’s getting better. He’s a kid that just
wants to work hard and get better.
“I think he’s still getting a little
more comfortable with every day. I think as the season goes on I expect Omri to
play even better.”