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Rockets’ Omer Asik to miss at least a week with thigh injury

Dec 4, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

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Omer Asik will be out for at least a week after suffering a right thigh contusion, reports Jason Friedman of Rockets.com. Asik will be re-evaluated at that time to assess whether or not he’s able to return.

Asik’s injury could leave Houston pretty shorthanded for Wednesday night’s contest against the Suns. Jeremy Lin is out with a sprained knee, Greg Smith is out with the same, and Chandler Parsons sat out of the Rockets’ loss in Utah on Monday with a sore back. Parsons went through shootaround, but his status remains up in the air for tip-off.

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If not for the overall lack of bodies, Asik’s absence wouldn’t appear to be a huge blow to the Rockets given the way the team has used him in recent games. He’s logged 15 minutes or less of court time in five of their last eight, while averaging 3.75 points and 6.25 rebounds during that span.

Asik has requested to be traded multiple times since Dwight Howard came to town, and the Rockets are listening to offers. Although with a current asking price that is insanely high along with this most recent setback, he’s not likely to be moved anytime soon.

  1. shanelsweet - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    If my boss brought somebody in to do my job, and then kept refusing to let me leave so I could get another job like the one I had, I’d probably go sit on the bench with a thigh bruise or other ailment for more than just a week.

    • jsala02 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      If you were under contract and your boss did not break the contract and was still paying you, you would be stuck. He signed to play for the Rockets, and I am pretty sure there is no clause in his contract stating that he HAS to be the starter. If the Rockets trade him, that’s fine, if they sit him on the bench as the 12th player in the rotation, they are playing him for that right.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      If you’re already making millions and your boss brings in someone much better than you, you better shut up and do what he asks you to do or quit and void your contract.

      Morey can’t just give him up for pennies on the dollar when teams know the Rockets have no leverage. Desperate teams in need of a center will make a more reasonable offer and Asik should be traded by February.

      • shanelsweet - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        @ jsalao2 and pbt, I’ll never understand folks that defend ownership. He’s doing exactly what he should do: he’s making a stink and poisoning the workplace so they’ll let him go. If you’d ever signed a work contract, you’d know that they aren’t that hard to break once the parties become unhappy. Whether it’s in his contract or not, he’s a proven starting center in the NBA. That’s what he deserves to be doing. He’s only got a very few years in his prime. He’s got a right to be unhappy. Management asking for two first round picks is ridiculous, and everybody knows it.

  2. asimonetti88 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Who would have guessed Dwight Howard would only be the second-biggest diva on his own team?

  3. patsfan92 - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    so much for those 2 first round picks lol

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