Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons understand Omer Asik’s frustrations with his role with the Houston Rockets this season.

Asik has started eight of the 10 games this season. He didn’t play on Thursday in New York amid reports that he was requesting to be traded.

“Totally, I understand where he is coming from – his frustration, sharing the floor,” Howard said. “I understand it’s tough for him. The only thing I can do is be his friend off the floor and help him anyway I can. I understand its a tough situation for him, but we are all family and we have to learn to fight through frustrations.”

Parsons said Asik has been fine to all his teammates in the locker room.