James Harden and Dwight Howard isolating themselves from Houston Rockets team

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James Harden has already admitted that he feels he and Dwight Howard are a step above the rest of the Houston Rockets roster. And now one of those belittled teammates has today revealed to just what extent the big name duo go to isolate themselves from the rest of the team.

Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas, speaking to ZIP FM this week, revealed that the perenial All-Stars don't even eat with the rest of the Rockets team - leaving the team facility in favor of a fast food joint.

Continuing, Montiejunas described his relationship with Harden and Howard away from the court as "Hi and Bye" and his comments do little to quell the rumors of in-house discontent.

Rockets rumbles

In fairness to James Harden, Montiejunas' revelation only back up what the former Oklahoma City Thunder man had told reporters last month. 

Back in July Harden described he and Dwight Howard as the cornerstones of the Houston Rockets franchise whilst the rest of the team was made up with role players.

Dwight Howard for his part declared that the departure of Chandler Parsons to Dallas during the offseason "would not affect us at all."

As could be expected Harden and Howard's comments drew criticism with their former teammate Chandler Parsons declaring their statements "ridiculous".

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Even if Harden may be right that he and Howard are the big name players his comments certainly showed a distinct lack of humility.

Add to that the new stories regarding their isolated eating arrangements and it doesn't exactly scream out a 'one for all and all for one' attitude that can be so crucial to NBA success - just see the 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs for evidence of what team morale can do for a team.

Team unity

Of course a team full of friends does not guarantee success in any sporting environment with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal famously failing to see eye to eye as they helped the Lakers to success during the 2000s.

But the idea that two of the games biggest names do their best to disassociate with their fellow roster members away from the basketball court will likely leave Rockets fans worrying ahead of the new season.

With Houston having bowed out in the first round of the 2014 playoffs, and having seen several role players depart since, there are questions as to how much they can achieve in 2014-15.

Having James Harden and Dwight Howard in your line up will undoubtedly give you a chance in most games - but the players around them need to be fighting the same battle.

It remains to be seen just how willing the likes of Montiejunas are to do that when the season rolls around.

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