Omer Asis reportedly asked to be traded as soon as Dwight Howard decided he wanted to sign with the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets had media day on Friday and he was asked once again about his feelings regarding playing alongside Howard and his trade demand, but he wasn’t having any of it.
The always-gracious Asik addressed his widely known unrest, offering no comment on his July trade demand that is not expected to be granted, while insisting he’ll be ready to play whatever minutes or roles come his way. After playing with the Turkish national team this summer, Asik was with teammates old and new for the first time since last season.
“You guys can ask as much as you can (about the trade demand), but I’m not going to say anything about this,” said Asik, who was cornered against a wall outside the interview room before agreeing to speak. “I think (Howard) is the best center in the league, and that’s a great addition for the Houston Rockets. So we’ll see how it goes, starting tomorrow.”
Houston wants to make the Asik/Howard combo work, no question. But there’s no guarantee that it will. Asik wants to be the center of a team (see what I did there), but with Howard coming aboard his role has been diminished. Kevin McHale is trying to sell Asik differently, we’ll see how long he actually buys it.