Posted February 20, 2014

Video: Rockets mock Lakers fans after Dwight Howard is booed in Staples Center return

Ben Golliver, Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Staples Center
 (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

Dwight Howard made his first return to L.A. this season. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

Dwight Howard was subjected to merciless booing by Lakers fans in his Staples Center return on Wednesday, but his Rockets teammates helped him get the last laugh.

Houston crushed Los Angeles 134-108 in Howard’s first game in the city since he signed with the Rockets in free agency after spending an ill-fated 2012-13 season with the Lakers. The All-Star big man scored 20 points (on 9-for-14 shooting), grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots against the rag-tag Lakers squad, and he drew an angry reaction from the crowd, which chanted, “Howard sucks!”

After the game, the Rockets posted an Instagram video of Howard, Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons mockingly chanting “Howard sucks!” on Houston’s team plane.

“You suck Howard!” Howard screams about himself, as his teammates laugh. “You suck Howard!”

With Houston leading by more than 20 points in the third quarter, Howard could also be seen and heard saying “Howard sucks!” along with the crowd as he prepared to inbound the ball.

Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins has more from Howard’s return to Hollywood.

Of course, Howard was booed during introductions, and again every time he touched the ball, standard fare for a free agent returning to a jilted locale. The Lakers may not acquire a first-round pick or significant salary-cap relief at this trading deadline, but at least they found somebody to blame. Howard’s first road game against the Lakers provided an occasion to vent 15 months of frustration.

Howard, 28, decided to sign a four-year, $87.6 million contract with the Rockets in July after the Lakers launched a “Stay Dwight!” billboard campaign in hopes of re-signing him. Howard is averaging 18.9 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks this season and he was selected to his eighth consecutive All-Star Game.

Houston is the West’s No. 3 with a record of 37-17 while L.A. is tied for the worst record in the conference at 18-36.

Video via YouTube user beyondthebuzzercom

18 comments
bambam824
bambam824

This season the Lakers split the series in houston, so if there's a game left, it's up to the Lakers to split the series at home.

Robert96
Robert96

I love it!..........and I am not an NBA fan, in any meaningful way, but this is to fun to watch, for "sweet revenge."   Go Rockets!

Oogy Boogy
Oogy Boogy

hey dwight go get 6 more bar rats pregnant 


don't cry when your nba career is over and your broke from all that child support though

GoRockers!
GoRockers!

Love the camaraderie of this fun bunch; Not too full of themselves to poke fun & laugh. Immature? Probably.. en route to win a title? Not yet, they're still trying to figure themselves out. Hard work & time for fun. That was the bill of goods Parsons sold D12 and with mentoring from some of the greatest big men and the team chemistry the sky's the limit... just not this year!  But keep having fun, we're enjoy watching you.  PS Don't get rid of Chandler P...  (he's the heart of that team), for Rondo... (Depressing thought = NO FUN).

utoo
utoo

Laker fans blame everything wrong last yr on Howard. Now they have no Howard, they are worst. But like scorned girlfriends they are, they still talk bad about Howard. Ask Kareem how good is LA without Howard. Does LA have "it" now that Howard is not on the team?

ArvinGomez
ArvinGomez

This is pretty childish and the reason why we should be happy Howard isn't with the Lakers! No respectable super star would fall this low and make a video taunting any fan. He brings down his whole team with his actions! And we wonder why he couldn't coexist with Kobe? And real funny Jeremy Lin to bad Houston would love to get rid of you! Not even New York was stupid enough to pay that price and we know that when it comes to over paying they are the best!

DillonAustin
DillonAustin

 As a Laker fan I'm just going to say with how the Lakers front office treated the coaching situation by that I mean actually hiring Mike Brown (bad move), to flirting with Phil Jackson (embarrassing move), to then signing Mike D'antoni (idiotic move) to allowing Kobe to run the team as if he's the coach.


The front office pushed Dwight Howard right out the door and then gave Kobe another ridiculous contract while still being injured at the same time.


Dwight Howard made the right move for his career. The Lakers are an embarrassment and all of it starts with Jim Buss.

Oogy Boogy
Oogy Boogy

@utoo well we know the english language is a skill you don't have

GoRockers!
GoRockers!

@ArvinGomez CHILDISH????  NO..... FUN?..... YES,  this team is a perfect fit for D12, he's got the big men to mentor him, he's got support from his teammates, (never had that in LA), he's got dudes to hang with, what team chemistry!  HOWARD SUCKS, HOWARD SUCKS, HOWARD'S SUCKING ALL THE GUSTO + FUN HE DESERVES. = ROCKETS HAVE TEAM CHEMISTRY!

RH1985
RH1985

@ArvinGomez He couldn't coexist with a proven rapist? Yeah, I can handle that. Pull your head out of your rectum.