Turkish newspaper Milliyet had an exclusive interview with Houston Rocketsí Turkish center ÷mer Aşık. 26 year-old big man is enjoying a career-best season so far with his new team, averaging 12.3 rebounds and 11 points in 32.8 minutes per game.
Below you can read the translation of ‹mit Avcıís interview:
-After 2 years with Chicago, you signed with Rockets this summer. I think that move has been good for you. What is your opinion on that?
Iíve started my nba career with Bulls and had 2 great seasons there. My move to Houston was beyond my power, Chicago Bulls could have kept me if they wanted to but they decided to go on another direction. Iím happy that Iíve signed with an organization that wanted me, I think my performance is showing that. A player must get enough minutes and build his confidence in order to prove himself.
-You were a role player in Bulls, without much responsibility. However in Houston youíre an essential part of the starting five and have important responsibilities. What Would you like totell us about your new role?
In Chicago there were some good players playing in my position, so I wasnít able to get much playing time. Whatís important for me to help my team to win as well as I can in my minutes even when they are limited. In Houston I have a chance to play more and Iím doing everything I can to help the team win. Weíre a young team and adapting to each other more each day. I believe weíll be even more successful in the future.
-Houston Rockets have great scorers such as Lin and Harden, but we see the number of shots you take also increased. You are also averaging more points now, were you expecting that?
The more me and other front court players score and become effective in the offense, the more back court players found easier looks in offense. Itís clear that our backcourt players are great scorers, thatís why our opponents make their defensive plans to stop them. I believe I will find more opportunities to score as long as their defensive precautions for our backcourt players increase.
-What are the differences between Houston and Chicago in terms of your life off-the-court? How do you spend your days in Houston and are you content with your life there?
Actually I donít find many time for myself in the season. Practices, road trips and games consume much of my time. In my free time I like to watch movies and tv-shows. So I couldnít find enough time to understand the difference in two cities.
-This year All-Star weekend is in Houston and with your performance I donít think youíre far away from it. Do you expect to be selected as an all-star?
I donít think there is anyone who wouldnít want to be selected as an all-star. Of course I would like to be on that court but honestly I think itís a longshot right now. I hope I can perform better and become an all-star in the future.