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Report: Omer Asik changes course (somewhat), ready to play for Rockets

Nov 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Omer Asik, who requested a trade from the Rockets last week, has missed both of Houston’s games since his request became public.

Asik has not hidden his desire to leave the Rockets since they signed Dwight Howard and this was just taking the process a step further. Forcing a trade is not a pleasant process, and there will be messiness like this along the way.

At least we get this gem from Houston coach Kevin McHale when he explained why Asik missed the last game. CSN Houston:

When asked if Asik was under the weather, McHale slowly said, “Yes, he is under the weather.”

And Larry Sanders is out simply because of a thumb injury. This has been a great year for technically true, but completely misleading, excuses for players missing games.

McHale can reportedly stop his amusing reasoning now, though. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

In the team’s daily meeting Thursday in New York, coach Kevin McHale spoke about players stepping up to contribute in any way possible after a tough overtime loss in Philadelphia in which Asik played just four minutes, according to an individual with knowledge of the meeting. Several players, particularly Pat Beverley and Chandler Parsons, spoke. At one point, McHale asked center Greg Smith if he was ready. Smith said he was, and McHale then asked Asik if he was ready to play that night.

According to the person familiar with the conversation, Asik said he would not be ready to play that night and soon met with his agent.

McHale, general manager Daryl Morey and several players have spoken with Asik in the days since the meeting, with Asik indicating he intended to return to practice.

Asik returning is best for all parties involved.

If Asik wants to get traded, he’ll need to remain in game shape and show other teams what he can do.

For the Rockets, who seem intent on trading him, Asik playing will increase his value. Plus, in the meantime, he’s a capable player who can definitely help playing behind Howard (and maybe even with Howard, though that hasn’t gone well so far this season).

Asik missing two games has made clear how far he’ll go to get a trade, and the Rockets have to recognize that. Now, it’s time for Asik to play and to give Morey a chance to find a deal.

  1. iowahbr - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    You have trouble in today’s NBA playing 2 guys at the same time who can’t throw the ball in the Pacific if they are on the beach in Malibu.

  2. spthegr8 - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    That’s the influence of Dwight right their. If there is one thing Dwight know’s, it how to confuse EVERYBODY by repeatedly changing your mind!! Just Sayin’!!!!

  3. redbaronx - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Asik is well on his way to making himself untradeable. If the Rockets keep getting attitude from him, they may consider keeping him OUT of the locker room, which means Asik not playing….which means teams being even more reluctant to give anything signficant for him.

    His agent should be advising him to be smart about this, but it doesn’t look like he’s doing a good job by fielding weekly trade requests. Does anyone know anything about his agent Andy Miller?

  4. stadix093 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Just trying to increase his trade value. I’m on to you Morey.

  5. zacksdad - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I would think he would want his trade value to go down. That way the team he goes to would be better as they have to give up not as much in trade.

  6. billtetley53 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    80% lakers crybabies on every Rockets posting. Pathetic.

    • Anoesis - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      Why should things be any different from all the trolls on Laker posts?

  7. brandoncrockett2314 - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    You know what would really increase his trade value; *b* cutting his hair */b*

  8. belleby123 - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    If Asik was really any good he’d be able to get the whole front office fired.

  9. wsuperman4445 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    You see Dwight can be a pal here and coach Asik in the subtleties of how to force your way out of a Team e.g. Orlando Magic, first thing move to the East coast, get an apt and claim your thumb hurts….

  10. iammr713 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    D-weak Howard will be asking for a trade next.. I’ll say give it a few months or in the summer is when he would ask. lmao

  11. Anoesis - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Did the Rockets brain trust not watch any Lakers games last year? Howard managed to find a way to not mesh with Gasol, but they thought he’d fit well with Asik? The Rockets have known since right after they signed Howard that Asik didn’t want to stay. Howard brings a special kind of kool-aid everywhere he goes, but it just doesn’t last.

    How ironic that Asik has become the Rockets’ version of Howard in Orlando. Karma is a bitch, especially if you choose to ignore the obvious.

  12. billtetley53 - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    The big difference is that the rest of the NBA fanbases aren’t delusional like lakers fans are. Your arrogance and ignorance invites being trolled.

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