Asik: 'I'm just trying to get back on the court'
It’s been just over a month since Rockets center Omer Asik logged 15 minutes against the Utah Jazz on Dec. 2.
The only significance of that appearance is that it’s the last time Asik has been in uniform for the team. Initially he was dealing with a right knee contusion, but that led to knee soreness that Asik could not seem to shake.
The more he worked out and the harder he pushed to return to the active roster, the more his knee would swell and ultimately that would stunt his progress. He has seen multiple doctors and the news his latest MRI produced was promising.
"It feels much better,” Asik said of his right knee following another missed practice on Monday. “It's just a little frustrating because the MRI shows nothing serious, but I couldn't do anything because of the swelling.”
Asik still was unsure of when he might return. “I really don't know," he said. "It's just day by day and I'm just working as hard as I can to get back on the court.”
“We played good last year, before Dwight (Howard) came and I was the starting center and we know how to play together,” Asik said. “We have a lot of guys hurt, I know they are doing their best. I hope everybody will come back and play as hard they can.”
Asik is among eight Rockets who have missed games with injuries, he and Pat Beverley (fractured right hand) are both considered out for the immediate future.
When asked if he had asked to be traded, he again said he was not going to talk about that. Asik has maintained that stance in his public comments since Howard was signed in the offseason, despite reports that he and his agent have requested a trade from the Rockets.