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I won't lie to you: It's not easy to sit on bench, as I have the last few games in Sacramento, and...

I won't lie to you: It's not easy to sit on bench, as I have the last few games in Sacramento, and see the other guys play on the court. I'm an athlete, one who lives for the game, and taking away the thing I love most - playing basketball, it's been hard for me. The situation in Sacramento isn't like it was for me before. Coach Paul Westphal has been doing different things in practice, and it has been made certain I'm not in his plans. There are still six games left in the season, I'm not saying I'm counting the seconds until it's over, I just try to keep fit and ready for when they call my name to play. Coach told me a few games ago that he is exploring other options for next season, so as you can tell, I am not really sure of his plans. I know there are a lot of teams, including some strong playoff contenders, who are interested in me for next year and going forward. I hope I find myself on a team who will appreciate my ability as an athlete and as a human being, and get to play on a squad with a "team first" mentality. I still don't know if I will stay a Sacramento King beyond this season. I am a player under contract, I really love the fans, the city, the owner and the General-Manager. Things just don't seem to be going well. Don't get me wrong; Sacramento is the team that gave me the opportunity to play in the NBA,and it would be selfish of me to say I want to leave, but I am sure that I'm good enough to play, whether it's for the Kings organization or for another team. The year in Sacramento seemed to start out positive, but unfortunately, it hasn't progressed the way I wanted, in all parameters, and everyone can see it. It's clear, from my perspective, that the situation on this team isn't ideal for me. There are teams that I would fit well on, because I'm a team player and get along well with staff, I just hope I am appreciated enough here that I they will let me go somewhere else where I can just play basketball. "What does not kill you...." - like the saying goes, is always on my mind, and something I have turned to in similar situations in the past. That phrase has been reinforced in situations before and I am just seeing it again. I'm sure this will be something I just sit and laugh at when I look back on it. To end on an optimistic note, I want to congratulate Maccabi Tel-Aviv for their incredible feat of reaching the Final Four! I watched the last game and I am the happiest person in the world for the Maccabi team . With ths host city of Barcelona's team losing to Panathinaikos, this is a big game for Maccabi and it shows how they are a good club with great management. Do I think that Maccabi can win? Well, just look at the game with Barcelona and see what a tough time Panathinaikos gave them, it's definitely going to be difficult and hard fought game. This is an intense weekend, and the best team will raise the trophy when it is all said and done. It will be interesting to see and I'm sure I will keep my fingers crossed for Tel-Aviv.

Omri's Blog 4/4/2011
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