The Rockets won handily, 116-96, but Howard struggled with nine points, five fouls and four turnovers in about 24 minutes.
Howard was applauded on his lone free throw make in four tries.
After one season with the Lakers, Howard left for the Rockets in free agency. While injuries were a major factor in the Lakers' 45-win season and four-game sweep by the
The Lakers' reach is far and wide. Bryant has long been a popular sports figure in the Philippines -- perhaps more so recently after his visit to the country in mid-August.
The taste Howard received in the Philippines will undoubtedly be nothing compared to his reception at
The Lakers will head to China later this week, playing exhibitions next week against the
Recovering from an Achilles' tear, Bryant won't be ready to play during the preseason and is doubtful for opening night Oct. 29 at home against the