Rockets introduce Asik

Rockets sign Center Omer Asik

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HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets welcomed their latest acquisition with far less fanfare than the guy who arrived last week.

But Omer Asik may turn out to be just as vital to the team as Jeremy Lin.

The Rockets introduced the 7-foot Asik at the Toyota Center on Thursday, a week after much more crowded news conference for the point guard Lin. Both players signed three-year, $25 million offer sheets and came to Houston when their teams -- the Bulls and Knicks -- declined to match.

While Lin brings some star power to the roster, Asik fills a more critical position for the Rockets, who've missed the playoffs in three consecutive seasons. Houston has needed a big man since Yao Ming's career was derailed by injuries.

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