The headline read “Bulls won’t match offer for Asik.”
I’m like, “Who?”
Houston is paying him 25.1 Million for 3 years. He’s 7 feet tall. That’s why.
Aşık recovered from his injury suffered during the 2011 playoffs. On a nationally televised game on January 13, 2012, an ESPN announcer declared that he was “as good of a defensive center as anyone at his position in the league”. After starting in only two regular season games, Aşık moved into the starting lineup after Joakim Noah was injured in game 3 of the Bulls’ first-round series against Philadelphia. In the sixth and final game, Aşık missed two free throws in the last minute, allowing Philadelphia to take the lead and win the series. Throughout the game, however, Aşık had played well above his season averages, with 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks (vs. 3.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1 block per game).
So he’s unclutch and injury prone…
And he’s now the best defender at Center in the NBA (according to ESPN Announcer). Obviously, with that 10 point, 9 rebound domination.
Lucky Bulls fans.