Out of favor star also made to endure chants for former teammate Kobe Bryant.
One of the big reasons Dwight Howard wanted to move away from the Los Angeles Lakers is the get away from the pressure.
It seems it followed him to the Philippines where his new team the Houston Rockets player the Indiana Pacers in a pre-season game.
Howard was booed throughout the game, and at one point, was given an ironic cheer in the third quarter when he made a free-throw.
“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,” interaksyon.com reported.
“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.”
Bryant and Howard had several run-ins during their turbulent one-year tenure as teammates, and when asked what he thought of Howard’s decision to leave the Lakers in the off-season the star guard said recently “I don’t give a sh*t, it is what it is.”
All of this build to what should be an interesting sub-plot for the entire season, especially when the Rockets and Howard step inside the Staples Center for the first time.