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Boos, ‘Kobe’ chants greet Dwight Howard at Mall of Asia Arena

InterAKTV/Justin Gener

InterAKTV/Justin Gener

For most of his visit to the Philippines, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard received a lot of love from basketball-crazy Filipino fans.

But Howard also had a taste of backlash for his decision to leave the popular Los Angeles Lakers franchise in the offseason.

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.

It wasn’t all bad for Howard, however, as the crowd gave him a big cheer in the third quarter after he made a free throw.

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