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Kevin McHale has no interest in Omer Asik’s feelings about Dwight Howard joining Rockets

Sep 25, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

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Kevin McHale spent plenty of time detailing his plans on how he’ll coach the Rockets now that Dwight Howard is in place for the upcoming season.

He’s going to try to maintain the team’s identity by pushing the tempo, but expects things to dramatically improve defensively, and is going to experiment quite a bit to try to find ways to get Howard and fellow big man Omer Asik on the court at the same time.

What McHale isn’t concerned about, however, is how Asik feels about his role potentially being diminished with Howard on the roster.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Q. Have you had a chance to see how Omer feels about the addition of Dwight?

A. I have not.

Q. Are you concerned about how he reacts to all this? There were indications he was not happy about another center coming in.

A. I didn’t know Omer was the general manager. That surprises me. He’s a player. His job is to come in and play. I haven’t had an opportunity to talk with him about all that, but Daryl (Morey’s) job is to try to improve the team. Omer’s job is not to wonder how that affects him. His job is to figure out how they can play together and be effective.

Fairly strong words here, but it’s quite possible they came across harsher in print than they did when heard spoken directly from the source.

McHale is taking the right approach, though, in that teams with aspirations of playing deep into the postseason can’t have malcontents on the roster who are worried about individual issues like playing time or anything else.

Asik reportedly asked to be traded shortly after Howard had signed, but the team told him they had no such plans at the time. That may still happen before the season is through if teams come to Houston with offers of players who may be a better (and more willing) fit alongside Howard.

But not before McHale tries to make it work, and while that process is unfolding, he won’t even begin to entertain any nonsense where Asik is concerned.

  1. losanginsight - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    If Dwight had Asiks offensive game he would be a all around beast. She doesn’t. This dwightmare is not going to stop as long as wight is on a team. She wants to have the ball in the post but gets the ball snatched ,or dribbles of a foot. Let’s see how Kevin handles this. I wonder what ESPN is going to name this free throw situation. Hack a Ho-sik?

  2. rickyspanish - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I love McHale, his team will benefit from his personality. He’s a funny dude, but when it comes to basketball he is all business. That team has a bright future.

    • herkulease - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      While that’s great in some regard that he expects players to do their jobs.

      Coaching in pro sports is more than just that, you have to manage egos. As great of a player McHale was, he doesn’t have the coaching credentials like Phil Jackson or Pat Riley to tell a guy to sit down and do your job.

      Somethings tells me he’s isn’t going to go tell Howard to suck it up and get with the program when he expresses his disinterest in pick and roll plays (which the Rockets ran a lot last year) and wants post plays. I realize Howard denied his dislike of pick and roll plays following Nash’s comments but what else is he going to say.

  3. badintent - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Omar has two options. Play in NBA, make millions $$ or play in Turkey where a rash of bombings, kidnappings and murders over the government controls, rules and strikes have made a once peaceful country into Egypt 2.0. Options Three, play with Starbury in China. Just a wild guess, (scarcasm), he ops for Houston.

    • Anoesis - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      Right, ’cause everyone knows no other team in the U.S. would want him.

      • badintent - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Not even Isaiah Thomas. ? LOL

    • antihypocritz - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      It’s Omer, not Omar.

      • badintent - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        Spelling police, I was eating , on the phone and on the computer while watching TV. Guilty as charged. But no text and drive.

    • badintent - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      lot of folks here don’t like the Turkey option, eh. ?

  4. Anoesis - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    McHale sucked as a GM. This year will go a long way towards seeing if he sucks as a coach. Wonder how long Howard will attempt to run the P&R before he insists on pretending to be a post player. No wonder Asik already has doubts as to how this is going to play out.

  5. scottheis82 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    I know your options only include working at McDonalds or Burger King, but Asik would be a welcomed addition to several teams in the NBA.

  6. scottheis82 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM


  7. dogomaster - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Kevin McHale has no interest in Dwight Howard’s feelings about playing pick and roll.


  8. raycharlesj - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Who does Asik think he is?? Kobe Bryant!!! He has not earned the right in his short time in Houston to say who he will play with and who he won’t play with, now if his name was Lebron, Durant, Dirk, etc, etc you might have a problem But Asik making demands?? come on man!!!

    • badintent - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      NO worries on the thumbs down. It appears that this post is infested by every phony Muslim refugee claimant in Texas or Boston. No one with a brain would think Asik has game. He couldn’t last 5 minutes in the Rucker summer league in Harlem

  9. ddarqwon - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Anyone notice this Asik talk is STILL all speculation, apparently started by an off hand comment by an ESPN reporter.
    Still not a word has been quoted from Asik, his agent, or anyone on his behalf.

    Something tells me McHale knows this as well.

  10. imakcds - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    well, then, is Howard being held to the same standards and expectations?
    I told you McHale is a goner……

    • antihypocritz - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      You didn’t tell anybody anything. McHale is in like Flynn with Morey.

  11. imakcds - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    what Houston is failing to realize, even being pre-warned, is that nothing else matters now except Dwight.
    we here in los Angeles didn’t listen either.
    I figured with the collection of HOF talent working TOGETHER, ala the Olympic Team, even with age questions, it’s Ring Time.
    Someone didn’t fit in.
    Didn’t want to.
    Not his style.
    He’s yours now Houston.
    If he blends, cooperates, he’s the best.
    With his talent, he should have multiple rings by now.
    How many does he have??

    • antihypocritz - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      What heartbroken Fakers fans feel to realize is that the rest of the country is laughing at you.

  12. twoseam2007 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Never understood why the Rockets refused to find a trade partner. Asik’s value was probably at its highest coming off a promising season. His game does not compliment Dwight Howard’s in any way and there is no way they will be able to play on the court together for more than a few minutes a game. For all the talk about how improved the Rockets are, that roster isn’t very deep. Now Asik is the league’s highest paid backup center and he won’t be getting a ton of minutes should Dwight stay healthy. Trading Asik to help fill other needs makes too much sense to me.

    • scottheis82 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Because they know DH is a bit of a head case, and you don’t trade a guy who has shown stability right off the bat, if DH does well and Asik continues to perform off the bench just as he did in Chicago they will get what they feel they need before the All-Star break.

  13. losanginsight - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Laughing at The Lakers and the 16 Banners? Keep laughing

  14. onlyavoice - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    McHale Was Only Hired As A Favor To A Friend, ( Look It Up ).
    Good Thing He’s Not The GM Or He’d Give The Team To Boston For Peanuts.
    Fire Him Now & Throw The Millions At Phil Jackson.

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