HOUSTON With all due respect to Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and vice president of basketball operations Sam Hinkie, the time had come for an actual professional basketball player to offer analysis on the reputed defensive and rebounding skills of center Omer Asik.
With Morey across the pond attending the London Olympics, the task fell to Hinkie on Thursday to gush over Asik, whose talents as a help defender and rim protector weren't obvious to the average fan because Asik averaged only 14.7 minutes per game last season with the Bulls.
However, NBA players are acutely aware of the capabilities of their fraternity members. And while there frequently are surprise stories and unexpected developments Jeremy Lin comes to mind the ability to project what one player can do comes from observing performances via on-court proximity. That vantage point can provide unique perspective.
"He is a tremendous defensive player," Rockets forward Patrick Patterson said. "He has a high bask...