Omer Asik Unhappy With the Rockets
After playing zero minutes in Thursday’s game against the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets big man, Omer Asik, has re-expressed his desire to be traded. Coach Kevin McHale tried to relive the old Rockets days that featured Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon together in the starting unit, but Dwight Howard and Omer Asik are two totally different players. For one thing, neither Asik or Howard are good offensive players. Both lack post skills and both lack a fifteen foot jump shot. Additionally, Asik and Howard are terrible free throw shooters. Instead, Howard and Asik clog the paint, which prevents James Harden and the other Rockets guards from attacking the paint.
So, McHale has decided to use the modern small ball approach, which features neither Howard or Asik at times. With the Rockets play power forwards such as Carmelo Anthony, they have no choice but to go with a small ball lineup. And more often than not, both Howard and Asik are on the outside looking in. But this is certainly the case for Asik more than Howard, which inevitably led to his DNP in Thursday night's game.
“I would say the situation is very frustrating right now and we’re trying to work through it,” Asik’s agent, Andy Miller said. “For Omer, the objective has always been to continue to develop and grow as a player. That’s why we came to Houston in the first place. If that objective can’t be met, if we can’t get the right platform to grow and contribute as a player, it’s certainly frustrating.”