Omri Casspi Gets Into Physical Altercation With Memphis Grizzlies Teammate Garrett Temple After Loss

The Israeli-born basketball player and Temple had to be separated during a team meeting following a loss at home to the Detroit Pistons

Memphis Grizzlies' Omri Casspi (18) and Jaren Jackson Jr. during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Memphis, Tennessee, October 6, 2018.
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Omri Casspi, who has been through quite a lot during his 10 seasons in the world's best basketball league, seems to have racked up another first-time experience – but not the type you want to remember. 

The Israeli-born forward of the Memphis Grizzlies got into a physical altercation with team member Garrett Temple in the locker room after a loss at home to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night, news website The Athletic reported. The team has lost eight of its last 10 games and 14 of its last 20.

Garrett Temple gestures after scoring the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, New York, November 30, 2018.
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According to The Athletic, the Grizzlies held an emotional team meeting after the loss, which head coach J.B. Bickerstaff reportedly described as "a conversation that needed to be had" and player Mike Conley called "productive." Bickerstaff said the meeting was about bigger things than "offensive sets or how many minutes Jaren Jackson Jr. is going to play." 

But the get-together reportedly went sour when Casspi – who got five minutes of playing time and didn’t score – had a physical confrontation with Temple, who played with Casspi for the Sacramento Kings, too. The two had to be separated.

This is the first time that Casspi, who is with the seventh team of his NBA career, has been mentioned in any such incident. He has been playing only an average of 12.5 minutes a game so far this season with 5.5 points and 3.1 rebounds.