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Asik on Howard: ‘We’ll see how it goes’
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On September 27, 2013 @ 5:01 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
HOUSTON — The members of the ever-growing Dwight Howard fan club were everywhere at the Houston Rockets’ media day Friday at the Toyota Center, where the big man’s arrival has sparked the sort of joy and frivolity that was commonplace in those halcyon days when a healthy Yao Ming made them all relevant.
Counter-intuitive though it may be, Rockets center Omer Asik is among the many fans of the former Los Angeles Lakers center, who came to town via free agency in July. Yet not surprisingly, that doesn’t mean he’s happy about him being here.
The always-gracious Asik addressed his widely known unrest, offering a “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.
“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.
“I’m a basketball player. I’ll do whatever the coaches say. I’m just going to be ready for the training camp, be ready (for) changes. … Whatever I can do, we’ll see. Defensively it will be really good — two good rim protectors. We have to figure out how to play first. This is basketball. It’s just a business. There’s no emotions in it. You just have to be ready (for) changes. That’s all I’m thinking about right now.”
Asik is coming off his best year as a pro ( 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds a game) after signing a three-year, $25 million deal with Houston. It’s only natural that he sees the likely loss of his starting role as a downer on the individual front. Yet still, it’s a rare complication at a time when the Rockets and their Red Nation fans are otherwise awash with glee.
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