The Rockets reportedly called off trade talks involving center Omer Asik Thursday - the team's own self-imposed deadline. The Rockets had talks with several teams including the Hawks. As I wrote yesterday, a person familar with the situation described the Hawks interest as doing their due diligence and were not close to completing a trade. Of course, the actual NBA trade deadline is Feb. 20th so there is time for the Rockets to move the disgruntled Asik.

Following Hawks pratice Thursday, I asked coach Mike Budenholzer about playing without a true center and the view that Al Hoford and Paul Millsap esstentially play the same position. Here is my question (a bit rapid-fire) and his answer.