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Dwight Howard hears boos, “Kobe” chants at Philippines game

Oct 10, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant’s fans are passionate, blindingly loyal, defend their guy like a pit bull — and they are everywhere.

Including the Philippines.

Dwight Howard and the Rockets were in the Philippines for the first NBA game ever there — a preseason game in Manila that wrapped up before you woke up Thursday. By the way the Rockets jumped out to a 12-0 lead in and never trailed in beating the Indiana Pacers (the interesting on court note from  that game is you have to wonder if Patrick Beverly is beating out Jeremy Lin as the starting point guard spot for Houston).

Anyway, the Mall of Asia arena had a bunch of Kobe fans in it — I wasn’t kidding, they are everywhere — and they let Howard hear it, reports

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.

In the third quarter the crowd even gave Howard a Bronx cheer when he made a free throw. Houston fans may be doing that by Christmas.

Kobe has made multiple trips to the Philippines in the past on his summer Nike tours — the man has worked hard to build up his fan base in Asia. Those fans are like stateside Kobe fans in their passion and loyalty to the man — things Howard did not display in LA. Therefore, in the black and white world of Kobe fans, he is evil. Sad but true.

Howard should get used to this, he will get booed in Los Angeles this season, as well as some other stops as he has annoyed people everywhere with his two years of drama.

But the Philippines are the same as everywhere in another sense — win a title and Howard will shut up the boos and come back a conquering hero.

Just how Kobe turned those his boos around.

  1. grapenutz08 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    SMH. I watched the game. Didnt hear any boos for Dwight. and boos for what????? Exercising his RIGHT to leave as a FREE agent?? Is this ProBasketballTalk or Forum Blue and Gold??? Let it go he’s gone

    • bostonsuxbigtime - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Liar, liar. You didn’t watch the game. I watched the recap and there were definitely LOUD boos and “Kobe” chants. Howard better get used to it. As the article said, Laker (and Kobe) fans are everywhere.

  2. asimonetti88 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    haha wow that’s pretty crazy. But this article should differentiate between Lakers fans and Kobe fans. The Lakers have been popular in the Phillipines since before Kobe.

  3. kb2408 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Ahh, this story warms my heart and puts a smile on my face.

    • loungefly74 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      same here, kb.

  4. 32magicman - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    The title of this article should be – ‘Dwight Howard makes a free throw!.’ Surely thats the real story here!

  5. antistratfordian - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    This is not surprising. More Filipinos live in Southern California than in any other place in the country.

  6. dls612 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    As an athlete you gotta be a special kind of creep to get booed outside of your country!

    • antistratfordian - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      There is still a unique relationship between the US and the Philippines. He’s not necessarily outside of the US in Manila (definitely not outside of the sphere of direct influence) – which is why he got treated like he was visiting Staples Center.

      • imakcds - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        your explanation doesn’t hold water in China.
        How do you explain his popularity there?
        When the Olympic team went to China, the overwhelming popularity of Kobe got inside the heads of the other basketball divas like LeBron.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        The main difference is Dwight would not get booed in China and serenaded with Kobe! chants. There are far too many Rockets fans in China for that to be a possibility. I think Houston qualifies as the Chinese national team.

        And in general every NBA star is popular in China. Of course to different degrees, but they get excited about everybody. You mention LeBron… he is incredibly popular in China to the point where he’s more popular than Kobe by certain measures – last year he was the single most popular celebrity overall in Chinese social media (Kobe ranked 9th).

        But when we talk about Manila it’s very different because everyone there has family in the United States and specifically in California. Southern Californian roots and connections abound in the P.I.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        No boos or Kobe chants for Dwight in Taiwan… for reasons I explained above. Thank you very little.

      • bostonsuxbigtime - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        It would be worse for Dwight in China. That is practically Kobe’s backyard.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        No it isn’t – not anymore, at least. And if there is one thing the Chinese prefer over everything else it’s the Houston Rockets.

  7. lakerade - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Winning cures everything. We know Kobe can cure, can d12?

  8. chargerdillon - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:17 AM


    • imakcds - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Phillippines, not China, not Japan.
      Pinche Gabacho.

      • meroyero - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        It’s actually only Japan that lack the “L” sound.

  9. pedalphile1226 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Hardly a surprise since Kobe’s been to Manila a few times already. He could run for president and win. Kinda sad, actually…

    • justaride88 - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:25 AM

      Sad? Not as sad as reelecting Bush. I mean, you had to know who he is the second time arround, right?

      • ocgunslinger - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Surely you jest or with a mental lapse mistyped Obama.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      I have never been to the Philippines nor do I profess to know much about the country… but I could believe it. They elected Manny Pacquiao as a senator.

  10. Paulo M.B. - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Filipino here! I wouldn’t exactly refer to Filipinos as “Lakers fans” because – trust me on this – there are a lot more Heat fans in this place. Try to Google some articles on how fanboys went ballistic when Lebron was here a couple of months ago. I would say, though, that the “real” basketball fans here have a lot of respect for Kobe, and the reason for that is because any Filipino who knows how to play basketball is a Michael Jordan wanna-be. And for them, Kobe has emulated MJ for the majority of his career.
    These Lebron fanboys here are, at most, 18 years old, can only play basketball in video games, and their knowledge of NBA History is pretty much the fact that the Heat won in the last two years.

  11. justaride88 - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Even as a Laker fan, I believe that Dwight is not a bad guy. He just needs two learn couple things. Like, if you are public public relation disaster already coming out of Orlando, you probably wouldnt want to avoid remarks like “Kobe’s not doctor” or “I need more touches in the post” even if theyre true.

    • imakcds - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      “….just needs to learn 2 things…”
      ALOT MORE THAN 2, ya think?????????

    • cuhris84 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      No he just needs to man up and say what he actually feels. You can’t Beat around the bush to two fan bases in Orlando and Los Angeles. You say this and that. Which he never really felt. Dwight Howard just talks too damn much. You don’t need to respond to every thing you hear. He’s easily emotionally compromised. I never was surprised when he left Lakers. Power to him. A chance to play with a younger and second best SG. Why not?

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      As a Lakers fan I don’t particularly care for Dwight. But I’ll give him this- it’s a bit unfair the way he is treated right now. Dude could say “I love puppies and babies and rainbows” and he’d get blasted by media and fans. He needs to just lay low, he can’t win in the public right now.

  12. imakcds - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Don’t expect to hear the most famous phrase in Houston history, not with Dwight-I-Am on the team: “Houston, we have lift off!!!”

    • bostonsuxbigtime - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      More like “Houston, we have a problem”. D. Coward can’t hit a free throw to save his life.

  13. gmsingh123 - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Kurt, you bonehead, it’s not so much that the fans are loyal to Kobe as it is that Kobe is loyal to the game of basketball. Dwight Howard has to be the biggest prima donna in professional sports right now. Hell, if Phil Jackson coached him he’s say that Dennis Rodman was easier to deal with.

    • strategicprocrastinator - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      Did phil have much of a problem with Dennis? I thought he was ok with him.

      • gmsingh123 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        I was just using him as a worst case example of a difficult personality. As far as I know you are absolutely right.

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