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Donatas Motiejunas: Dwight Howard and James Harden eat separately from rest of Rockets

Aug 8, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT

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Dwight Howard and James Harden haven’t exactly endeared themselves to anyone this summer.

When Chandler Parsons left the Rockets for the Mavericks, Howard and Harden took the high road. And by high road, I mean they went somewhere high enough to look down their noses at everyone else.

Howard said Parsons’ departure wouldn’t affect Houston, and Harden said every Rocket besides himself and Howard was a role player.

Even when attempting to clear things up, Harden said he wasn’t referring to Parsons, because is no longer a Houston teammate. He was just referring to all the current Rockets besides himself and Howard.

One of those current Rockets, Donatas Motiejunas, made a salient point about intra-team dynamics. If Houston had matched Parsons’ offer sheet, he would have made about the same salary as Harden. That probably wouldn’t fly with Harden.

See, Howard and Harden seem to view themselves as distinct from the rest of the team.

Motiejunas, via Simonas Baranauskas (hat tip: Brett):

First of all, Howard and Harden are grown men. They can eat where they please.

However, that type of behavior only further divides them from the teammates they rely on to win. Stars can’t do it by themselves, and the successful stars coax the best from their teammates. How many of Howard and Harden’s teammates want to make the extra effort for them?

Also, fast food that often? C’mon.

At one point Howard was eating healthier. Has he slipped back into his bad habits?

Would eating better make Harden less lethargic on defense? He certainly seems to lack energy to play on both ends of the court.

I caution against overreacting to what Motiejunas said, but man, at some point Howard and Harden have to earn the benefit of the doubt.

  1. dsjcn3 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Great leadership

    • bougin89 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:11 AM


      There are different types of leaders. Some do it by example and some are “rah rah” vocal type leaders.

      Harden and Howard are neither. Houston won’t be winning anything.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      Looks more and more like Dwight was the toxic teammate on the Lakers.

      • dablakdrphil - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        Which was why I was happy he didn’t resign with us. I wanted him gone because of his mood swings and not giving all 100% effort when he did step out on the court. Being lazy at time if he felt he didn’t get the ball enough. Glad that’s Houston problem now

      • ddarqwon - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    • spthegr8 - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Dwight is a Diva and Harden thinks he is better then he really is and together, they couldn’t lead a pack of hungry flies too a fresh pile of Dog S**T!!! IJS!!

      • ddarqwon - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        D Mo trolled you all and morons ran with it.

  2. pl4tinum514 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    At some point, I think Morey is going to need to be fired.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      I thought it was pretty funny that Daryl Morey has spent 7 years trying unsuccessfully to put together a “Big 3” and David Griffin put one together in less than 6 months. In Cleveland of all places.

      • hannsta - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        David Griffin had very little to do with that. If LeBron decides hes coming to your town others will follow.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        LeBron just meet with Griffin for the first time just a couple days ago. LbJ fell in his lap. Kyrie was already there and Love’s only there because of James. Griffin literally sat back and watched.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Nobody’s always right.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        If you want to go that route, that’s even better. Daryl Morey spends 7 years striking out on a “Big 3”, and it only takes LeBron one month of free agency to build a “Big 3″… twice.

      • bbk1000 - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:50 AM

        The Rockets would need to add 2 1/2 stars to make a big three that included these clowns….

      • redbaronx - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        @asimonetti88 – Unlike some of the other guys responding to you, I do think David deserves some credit and I’m with you on that. Like some people have said, David didn’t have to do much. He lucked out that LeBron chose Cleveland for his own reasons.

        But Love coming to Cleveland isn’t luck. Cleveland had been trying to land Love for the better part of last season, so that wasn’t an overnight process. Yes, LeBron coming to Cleveland probably made it a more desirable location to go to, but ultimately what Minnesota was interested in was the collection of talent that Griffin had to offer. Griffin dealt with Minnesota smartly, and that’s why Love is in Cleveland rather than Golden State. Minnesota very well could have pulled the trigger with Golden State if GS had included Klay Thompson in the deal. So we do have to give Griffin credit for doing what it takes.

  3. loungefly74 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    ya know…if they win some titles, i could forgive this type of behavior…but right now, they come off as a couple d0uche-nozzles.

  4. cmart0907 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    “Would eating better make Harden less lethargic on defense?”

    If you ask me seems like he is already “Lethargic”.

    • oasis511 - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      That’s exactly what the sentence was saying! For crying out loud. They were saying that he is lethargic on defense and suggested that maybe he would be LESS lethargic if he ate better.

      • macka4 - Oct 7, 2014 at 6:19 AM

        It’s more than diet (lack of desire on D).

  5. ecnuob51 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Explains why they’re desperately seeking a third star. Not a mavs fan but I hope they destroy the rockets every chance they get.

    • nickjackalson - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      hyark hyark

    • bhunter1995 - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      They probably will too, the Mavs have a much better team.

  6. sportsfan18 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Where are all those who said the Thunder were stupid for letting Harden go?

    Howard and Harden… a real life Dumb and Dumber

    • zoomy123 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      I was one of the main ones saying that. But boy have I learned the error of my ways, lol.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      The thunder are STILL stupid for letting him go..they havent won yet so its still not looking like the best decision..Harden may be looking terrible off the court..but he still would be looking GREAT coming of the bench in OKC

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        he is talented so you’re right about that…

        but Harden would NOT be happy coming off the bench. he’d make a lot of waves.

      • azarkhan - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        There’s no guarantee they would have won with Harden. He was terrible against Miami in the Finals.

      • bong815 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        I think Harden made it pretty clear that he would not come off the bench anymore.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      No stats needed this time. Dumb and Dumber: indeed!

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        Amen Jimee, amen.

    • realfootballfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Have been saying this since his erasure by the Heat in the Finals exposed that he wasn’t ready for prime time, but Rocket fans have been in denial, despite him pretty much duplicating his no show antics in the first playoff series he had with Houston. I didn’t know he was a turd personality wise on top of it all. Dwight’s silliness speaks for itself, and the only way anyone should have considered signing him was to pair him with an alpha dog superstar who would hold him accountable, which is why I didn’t necessarily think Kobee was bad for him. The problem with the Laker deal was that Kobee is too old at this point.

  7. zoomy123 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Both of these guys are clowns. They’re arrogant, spoiled brats. The Rockets will never win because one of them doesn’t have the temperament or dedication of a champion and the other disappears come playoff time and doesn’t play defense.

    • irvness21 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Sadly those are interchangable…

      • redbaronx - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        @irvness21 – Right on about those qualities being interchangeable. You could stick those labels on both Howard and Harden.

  8. nfl4days - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I actually like dwight and james, they seem like cool guys to hang around with, BUT, they need to stop acting like they’re the new Shaq and Kobe.

    • bong815 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      Especially since Shaq was better than Howard and Kobe better than beard brain Harden.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Beard brain > Pea brain

  9. rymurphy617 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Howard and Harden are single-handedly ruining the Rockets future recruiting. Howard is poison since his last season in Orlando and Harden is flashy and fun but what has he done in the post season? This year he shot under 40% in the playoffs and Houston was bounced as a 4 seed. Turrible.

    Bad attitude. Would never hear stuff like this about Durant or LBJ. I wish the worst for Houston

    • macka4 - Oct 7, 2014 at 6:21 AM

      You don’t have to wish it.

  10. mckaymatt - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    It’s funny because the scouting report/reason the Thunder drafted Harden was because they believed he would be more likely to “fit in” and accept a lesser role on the team where they already had Westbrook and Durant…

    Guess success has changed him…or they had it all wrong.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      gotta say whatever the boss neeeds to hear in the interview in order to get the job…”can you breathe under water without an oxygen mask” Me: of course i do it all the time” youre hired..

  11. ravenswhat - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Is there any wonder why Dwight wins nothing?

    • bong815 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      He’s a legend in his own mind.

  12. elcapitanfiscal - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    As a Mavs fan, I love this.

    Suck it, Houston.

    • ocgunslinger - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      As a Laker fan I not only love it but re-enforces the joy of Howard leaving LA.

  13. csbanter - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    The media wants to start a fire when there really isn’t smoke. So what if Harden and Howard act this way. As long as they perform on the court they can eat where they want with whomever. There is no rule stating superstars have to break bread with everybody else.

    • shadowgamesshades - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      You can’t be a good leader if you’re separating yourselves from your teammates.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        you do remember how Kobe separated himself from his teammates right?

        didn’t eat with them etc…

      • musician0785 - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Except Kobe had won CHAMPIONSHIPS….

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        music man

        I was replying to the man who said the following…

        “you CAN’T be a good leader if you’re separating yourselves from your teammates”

        The kober did separate himself a lot, ate with his body guards etc…

        take aim at the words the man said I was responding to.

        to him, even a player with chips “CAN’T be a good leader if he’s separating himself from his teammates.

        I did NOT say this music man, I was just responding to him.

  14. shadowgamesshades - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Thunder since trading James Harden: Two wins away from the Finals.
    Harden since being traded from the Thunder: Back to back first round exits while shooting under 40 percent.

  15. shadowgamesshades - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    No wonder Bosh didn’t sign with Houston.

    • realfootballfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Could you imagine that locker room had that signing gone down? You’d have Harden choking, Howard blaming everybody for why they lost again in the 1st or 2nd round, and Bosch would be crying in the locker room. Lol. Now, I wish it would have happened just for the soap opera.

  16. akmia78 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Harden would been a nice role player for the Thunder. Oh wait…

  17. fordmandalay - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Well, at least they’re acting like true Texans.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      It’s illegal to talk bad about Texas ya’ll.

  18. realfootballfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Lol, I’m shocked. And you Houston fans last summer who said this team was destined for rings with the fearless leader, Dwight, and the choke artist for a generation, Harden, have what to say about these developments?

  19. ybizzel - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I hope they implode. Screw the Rockets. #MFFL

    • money2long - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      There’s a better chance for implosion if u left the screws out of the rocket.

  20. imakcds - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    I’m lovin’ this!
    ok, here goes:
    Hey Houston!?!
    The very minute you signed Dwight, I told you.

  21. 150620jg - Nov 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Houston we have a problem…

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