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Sacramento Kings join other NBA players at Tel Aviv clinic

Omri Casspi, DeMarcus Cousins visit the Dead Sea, other sights.

Casspi and Cousins in IsraelCasspi and Cousins in IsraelOmri Casspi and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings take a dip into the Dead Sea this week. NBA players are in Israel to conduct a youth basketball camp. (Photo: Courtesy of the Sacremento Kings (via Twitter))

Because of the presence of Maccabi Tel Aviv, it's not that unusual to see tall people wandering around Israel's largest city. But seeing bona fide NBA stars is quite another sight. Which is why, when Israeli native Omri Casspi invited a few of his Sacramento Kings teammates and other NBA players to his home country, heads were likely turning.

Casspi invited his teammates on the trip because he wanted his friends to "see a side of Israel they haven't seen." One of the people going was the Kings' All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. After taking the obligatory muddy dip in the Dead Sea, the group held a basketball clinic with the kids in Maccabi's youth program as part of the NBA Cares initiative. We bet that after that camp is over, those kids will be able to make some moves that the other kids on their teams have never seen before.

Joining Casspi and Cousins on the trip were fellow Kings Rudy Gay and Caron Butler. Also along for the ride were Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers (who went to the NBA finals with David Blatt this year), Alan Anderson of the Washington WIzards, Tyreke Evans of the New Orleans Pelicans and Chandler Parsons of the Dallas Mavericks.

Here's a video the Kings made about their stars' trip so far:


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