We love The Philippines.
The Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers were in Manila today where they played a pre-season game in front of the basketball-crazy Filipinos. However, a lot of the fans out there love the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant.
According to InterAKTV, Dwight Howard was booed by a number of fans and some in the crowd started chanting “Kobe! Kobe” during Thursday night’s contest:
During the Rockets’ preseason game on Thursday night against the Indiana Pacers, Howard was on the receiving end of some boos from the crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena.
There were also scattered chants of “Kobe! Kobe!” in reference to Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, with whom Howard had a clash of personality during his one season stint in Los Angeles.
Howard didn’t fare much better on the floor, finishing with just nine points and three rebounds. He made just 3-of-9 shots from the field, struggling against bigger Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who blocked three of Howard’s attempts.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find any footage of the incident just yet, but stay tuned; if we come across a video, we’ll get it posted right here.