Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 3:25 pm  |  22 responses

Rockets Think James Harden Will Attract Other Stars to Houston

Rockets GM Daryl Morey expects James Harden to not only sign a lucrative long-term deal, but to also make his job easier by helping to recruit other stars to Houston. From the Houston Chronicle: “People around the league say, ‘I want to play with that guy,’ Morey said as Harden was introduced to Rockets fans today. ‘The way Omer (Asik) is playing and passing the ball, people want to be with him. Jeremy. Really putting together a young core that will make others say ‘I want to play there.’ Morey emphasized that the Rockets are in position to add more. ‘We have max salary room moving forward,’ he said. ‘It’s there for the right player when the time is right.’ Harden, who won the Sixth Man Award last season for Oklahoma City, is the first piece. ‘You have to have a foundational player,’ Morey said. ‘He is. Simple as that. Now we need to add another player, or have one of our current players develop. You need two All-Stars to win in this league. We’re not there yet. But he changes the whole dynamic.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    He should try to attract Quincy Acy…

  • Redd

    Is it just me, or have the Rockets easily become one of the most annoying teams in the NBA..

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  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    In order for him to fit into his rightful role, he would need to attract two superstars to that team. I don’t see it happening.

  • toner

    “People around the league say, ‘I want to play with that guy,’ Morey said as Harden was introduced to Rockets fans today. ‘The way Omer (Asik) is playing and passing the ball, people want to be with him. Jeremy.” Obviously had nothing good to say about Jeremy lol

  • 1982

    I see where you’re coming from, but that’s like hating on the Mavs because of Cuban. To be perfectly fair, none of the new players on the Rockets right now really expected themselves to in a Rockets jersey this season. That makes Moreys statement more hilarious. “This will make people want to play for us, because we keep overpaying for role players.”

  • bike

    You mean like Durant and Westbrook? Oh wait…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Like that episode of family guy when they had a reality show, and asked what people thought of him

  • Redd

    Yeah, idk I dislike the arrogance. They took Asik so I guess I’m still pissed about that. They will be decent though I guess.

  • Dymez

    Superstar players like Harden. People do, too. He’s a cool dude from what I hear around the gyms of LA. But I don’t believe there is a single superstar or all-star caliber player out there right now saying to himself, “I need to go to Houston and play with that guy. He can get me a championship.” Wishful thinking, though.

  • russian guy

    Overpaid for Lin,probably overpaid for Asik and probably overpaid for Harden.I don’t see the future as bright for Houston as Morey does…

  • roscoe

    I am interested to hear what Mchale has to say… considering lin operates in the paint & harden does not post up much I think they are going to be a decent fit.

  • robb

    The lockout didn’t teach them anything it seems.

  • Cameron

    Dwight to Houston to play with a younger star in James Harden?….could possibly happen

  • Cameron

    Are you saying Family Guy had an episode where they made fun of Jeremy Lin?….If so i need to see this lol

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Josh Howard and Jason Kapono aren’t really stars ,but you could build an interesting little roster with those two free agents.Food for thought ,Houston.

  • RKJ92

    My thoughts exactly… wtf (STILL MAD)

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange once thought he had a chance to marry Jayne Kennedy.

  • ab40

    He needs to shave first

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    No though that would be hilarious look it up tho and when peter asks about the fans impression was about him you will see how it fit this scenario

  • ash

    I agree with the GM Harden and Jeremy lin are two exciting playes in the league along with a great coach, team should be able to attract more players. Good start