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Carmelo Anthony better get used to the boos

Oct 2, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for anthony_high5.jpgCarmelo Anthony went to an MMA event in suburban Denver the other night, according to Chris Tommason at FanHouse. As they do at just about every sporting event — including NBA games in some cities — the celebrities in the crowd get shown on the big screen.

Anthony’s picture went up. The crowd booed.

Anthony better get used to that.

He can say all he wants he didn’t ask for a trade, but we all know his people — his agent and the force of CAA — did tell the Nuggets he was not signing the three-year, $65 million deal and gave them preferred trade destinations.

He can say all he wants he will talk to everyone after the season, but we all know that telling Denver he was not signing the extension now was as good as asking for a trade — Denver is not going to end up like Cleveland and Toronto where the earth has been scorched and salted.

Denver fans are smart, they get that. They know this comes from Anthony. (And don’t go blaming his new wife, at the end of the day this is about what he asks for, it is his career not hers.)

Denver fans have backed Anthony, supported this team and they have the right to feel disrespected. They have the right to express their anger and frustration.

George Karl hit it on the head — there is only one thing Melo can do to silence the crowds and win them back.

“Sign the extension,” Karl said Friday.

“I think the fans have always been respectful here, and they want us to be the best basketball team,” Karl said when asked what might happen with Anthony next Friday. “I think all cities want their players to be loyal to the city. So I think you’re probably going to see both. So there’s going to be some ‘Melo love and some ‘Melo hangup.”

If Anthony is not going to put his pen on the paper, he has to expect the reaction. Regardless of how he plays on the court. Denver fans feel hurt and spurned. They will make those feelings known. And Anthony will have to live with that as consequences of his choices.

  1. Chris - Oct 2, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Melo can join Noah in Chicago.
    He gets boo-ed too. Go Bulls!!!

  2. Kurt is wrong - Oct 2, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Raelly Kurt? It’s not LALA? He is whipped, everyone in Denver knows he is whipped. You know all those radio stations that have met Lala and had Melo as a guest have been saying that since the day he married her in NY. That he was going to do what she wanted. Don’t tell me that isn’t the truth at all. He’s a whipped little boy!

  3. Shawn Torin - Oct 2, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    - look iAm a Denver Nugget. But the Us Nuggets fans has to Understand that we are not getting nothing in Denver. Carmelo as the Leader of the team wants a Bigg Man. So what does the Nuggets pull off.. Nothing, The Nuggets arent giving nothing that Carmelo wants. So why be on a team, Be a star player and not geting nothing ? ‘ Thats a boo at how the Nuggets arent giving Anthony what he wants. And shut upp about Anthony being a Whipp ? ‘ What are you talking about ? ‘ iBet youh wasnt saying that all thoes games winners and him carrying the Nuggets to the playoffs ,Huh ?

  4. rorjr99 - Oct 2, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Why do people automatically think a player owes something to a city that he plays in? It is one thing when a person CHOSES where they play (especially as a free agent)… it is another thing when you get DRAFTED. When you are drafted… there is NO consideration as to whether someone actually wants to be at that locale.
    LeBron, Bosh, Melo, or whoever they are DON’T OWE anything to the owners, fans or cities when it comes to longtime decision making. It would be nice for athletes to stay with one team for life, but sometimes that is nto where they ultimately want to be. Be respectful and a good citizen, and be kind to the fans & media, during your tenure with the team. How many people decide they want ot go to a different compnay or job? Do they get ridiculed for it? Even executives of big companies bounce from time to time, with no hassle.
    Stop with the hypocrisy and whining. I am a KNICK & ORANGE fan who would love to see Melo in back in the Garden, but hey… it may not be… but I am not crying of his decision making or his choice to move locales (even if he decides not to join the KNICKS, whose committment to winning is a bigger question mark than Denver’s).
    Let the man make his way and prayfully Colorado produces more ballers like Billups who are willing to make the Nuggets the team they want to make a committment to and turn into a Champion.
    ‘Nuff said!

  5. STEBO - Oct 2, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    Melo jerseys are 30% off in sports authority stores in Denver

  6. DOH - Oct 3, 2010 at 3:01 AM

    That was somewhat of a Cpt. Obvious article.

  7. Nick - Oct 3, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    Spell much?
    You obviously aren’t very smart.
    Why would anyone listen to anything you have to say?
    Go back to third grade and learn how to write. Then, four years later, you might make it to fourth grade.

  8. Crocop - Oct 3, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Don’t u learn how to write before 3rd grade?

  9. Joey - Oct 3, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    The Denver McNuggets. Are you kidding me? I’d burn a hot trail outta that god forsaken city as soon as humanly possible…whether his wife convinced him or not. They better trade him if they know whats best for them. After he’s back in the east-he’ll only have to see or hear them once a year-and i do mean once a year, cuz we all know, THEY WILL NEVER MAKE IT TO THE FINALS-let alone out of the second round. boo birds in Denver, puh-huh-who gives a crap?

  10. david - Oct 6, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Trade Melo for Bynum we need a strong young center

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