Asik: 'I was frustrated, it's behind me now'
The mini-soap opera ended essentially as quickly as it began with Rockets center Omer Asik. Asik was removed from the starting lineup, was unavailable for a pair of games reportedly because he was demanding a trade and is now back in good standing with his teammates. All in less than a week's time.
"I was just frustrated. It's behind me now,"Asik said after Tuesday morning's shoot around in advance of the Rockets game versus the Boston Celtics. "I'm just looking forward to helping my team win."
Asik practiced with the team on Monday and his teammates had said that he'd apologized to the team and he seemed normal at practice. Asik offered little about his feelings or his apology, merely that he had offered that to his teammates.
"Of course we talk, but it's inside of the team and I'm not going to talk about whats happened," Asik said. "It's between me and everybody (on the team). I'm just going to be professional and do my job."
Asked about what was said and about his frustrations, Asik said several times, "I'm not going to talk about what's happened."
He was asked if he wanted to be traded, "I never talk about that and I will never talk about it," Asik said. "My focus is just winning tonight's game and helping my team as much as I can."
His teammates also ready to move forward.
"He came to us like a man, we accepted his apology and we're ready to play," Chandler Parsons said.
"I'm glad, we need him. He's one of the best centers in the NBA," Parsons said. "He can help us win games. I'm glad he's focused. I'm glad he's back."