Omri Casspi, Gal Mekel are first Israelis to face each other in NBA game

( Last Friday’s National Basketball Association (NBA) game between the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks marked the first time two Israeli players faced each other in an NBA game.

Omri Casspi dunks in an Oct. 5 preseason game for the Houston Rockets. Credit: Pkatz via Wikimedia Commons.

Omri Casspi, the forward for the Rockets who in 2009 became the first Israeli-born player in NBA history, scored 12 points in a 113-105 win. Rookie guard Gal Mekel, the second Israeli to play in the NBA, scored 11 points in the loss for Dallas.

“It’s a comment on the respect for Israeli basketball,” Casspi told the Houston Chronicle. “Two guys came a long way to get to this point.”

Posted on November 3, 2013 .