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NBA Player Omri Casspi

Visits Israeli Troops

... Brings Basketballs

7/30/2014 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-omri-casspi-facebookSacramento Kings player Omri Casspi visited Israeli soldiers ... and brought basketballs. 

Casspi explained, "Visiting heroic soldiers in Tel HaShomer."

The Israeli-born athlete -- a 1st round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft -- is currently back in his home country ... and has said he's been living in and out of bomb shelters since the fighting intensified a few weeks ago. 

The 26-year-old has been pretty outspoken about his feelings on the conflict -- in fact, when his former Houston Rockets teammate Dwight Howard tweeted #FreePalestine recently, Omri shot back with a message of his own:

"600 missiles been fired from GAZA by Hamas in last 4 days. NUMBERS DON’T LIE. STOP LYING." For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!

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