For athletes, their teammates are like a second family. They travel together and there’s obviously a strong level of trust, since a team needs to believe in each other’s abilities if they are to have any hope of winning the game. But Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard took it a step further, comparing his relationship with teammate James Harden to that in a popular 2008 comedy film.
The NBA posted a unique image on Instagram of himself and fellow Rocket Harden. The original image that this one is based on is the promotional poster for the movie Step Brothers, a comedy that starred Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as two middle-aged men who never grew up, but are still trying to find common ground and finally accept responsibilities. While not critically acclaimed, the movie apparently stayed with Howard enough to have this photo done, with him in the place of Will Ferrell, laughing heartily, and Harden replacing John C. Reilly, argyle sweater vests and all.
The message Dwight Howard wrote to accompany the image reads, “vote for my step brother. James Harden #nbavote.” “Vote” refers to the currently open voting for the players to participate in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. Fans can each vote for 10 players to participate (presumably it remembers IP addresses to prevent vote stuffing) and can be done as easily as by typing “nbavote” into Google; that’s right, you can vote on the search engine itself!
As for the photo, it’s received over 19,000 likes and plenty of attention, with one fan writing, “Love the matching sweater vests!” Unfortunately, mass negativity is apparently not limited to social media posts from politicians, as a lot of the comments were saying that one or both players did not deserve to play in the All-Star Game (or, according to some posters, at all). Perhaps they’re all Los Angeles Lakers fans? But Dwight Howard shouldn’t let it get him down; he still has his stepbrother, after all!