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Rockets asking media to vote for both Dwight Howard and James Harden for league MVP

Apr 5, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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It’s not uncommon for teams to put together promotional campaigns hyping up their best players to media members for regular season awards.

It is a little odd, however, for one team to be asking that two of their players receive votes for the very same one.

The Rockets are all-in on their two All-Stars, however, and have sent promotional kits out to the media letting them know that both Dwight Howard and James Harden deserve MVP consideration.

For Howard, the team kept it simple by sticking to the Superman theme, complete with Clark Kent-style briefcase and glasses, along with the red cape featuring Howard’s logo.

As for Harden’s candidacy, the beard was an equally-easy target, so a grooming kit seemed like a fitting choice.

Neither Howard nor Harden has any real shot at the award, of course, considering that Kevin Durant is expected by most to already have it locked up, with LeBron James unquestionably being the one who will garner the most second-place votes.

It’s due diligence by the Rockets more than anything else, making sure their players know they’re appreciated enough internally to warrant the promotional effort.

  1. sportsfan18 - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:55 PM


  2. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:25 PM


  3. 00maltliquor - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    LOL they don’t want to hurt Dwight’s sensitive lil’ feelings and want him to feel included!

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    There’s really no point in having a conversation beyond LeBron & Durant, but if I had a ballot and had to cast 5 votes I’d probably go 1) Durant 2) LeBron 3) Blake Griffin 4) Kevin Love then probably 5) James Harden even though it kills me to consider Harden for the award since his defense is so atrocious.

  5. tomasekradek - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Well I can’t really disagree with you on picking those 5 in that order, but tell me once again your reason please – It kills you to consider Harden for his atrocious defense? And still you have Blake and Love there? Ok then.

  6. jimeejohnson - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    At least their not total LOSERS like the Lakers.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      Just kidding. “They’re”!

  7. sabatimus - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Campaigning for MVP votes is pathetic. Including Howard turns this into a farce.

  8. zackd2 - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Horrible strategy. Promote two guys from same award = split votes and neither would win.

  9. Professor Fate - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    What a waste of money. I’d have a lot more respect for the Rockets if they spent that money on grooming packages to give to charity. “…(H)earty facial hair that makes men jealous…?” I can’t say I’m in any way jealous of that sweat-holding, crumb-catching shag carpet hanging off his chin, but that’s just me.

  10. iammr713 - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    LMFAOOOOOOO This is what the NBA has come to? Teams begging the media to vote for their players to receive a award. I’ve never heard of Chicago, Los Angeles, San Antonio or teams of that caliber asking the media to vote for their players. Dwight a MVP? Lol stop it. He isn’t even a Defensive MVP this year. Now as for Harden a MVP, maybe so. But are you going to vote for a guy that gets 85% of his points from the free throw line because he flops and frail his arms up every time he attacks the rim or shoot the ball? Imagine if the Refs didn’t call all of those flopping fouls that sends him to line. He would avg around 15pts.. He takes a least 12-19 free throws a game. That’s CRAZY!

    KD MVP!!!!

  11. raycharlesj - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Most read right over the part that it’s just the team’s way of showing it’s 2 stars they are “appreciated” most want to believe all those veteran basketball executives in the Rockets front office don’t Know their stars are in no way close to winning that award, it’s just a team “gesture” of acknowledgement!! people like a “right in” on a ballot for a candidate with no hopes of being elected.

  12. mcfleezy12 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    why waste time then?

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