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Kobe Bryant on Denver fans booing ‘Melo: “That’s stupid”

Jan 20, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony dropped 35 points on the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking over the fourth quarter, in what was one of the — if not the — best wins of the season for the Nuggets Wednesday. And still fans booed him during the post game, on court interview.

Kobe Bryant doesn’t get that, as he told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse.

“That’s stupid,” star guard Kobe Bryant said in speaking with FanHouse and the Denver Post after the Lakers practiced Thursday at the Pepsi Center in preparation for Friday’s game against Denver. “That’s not very smart…”

“Put yourself in his shoes,” Bryant said. “If you’re teeter-tottering about going somewhere, he’d be more inclined to go to another place where they’re going to cheer you rather than boo you.”

It’s impossible to rule out Anthony signing an extension and staying in Denver, because in this fluid situation it’s impossible to rule anything out. The Nuggets could be stuck without a trade partner and Anthony could decide that the money potentially lost in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement outweighs his desire to go to New York.

But the waters in Denver seem poisoned. Whenever Anthony has been asked if re-signing with Denver was a possibility, he said yes — until last night. Last night he dodged the question (from Tomasson). Twice.

Who knows if the boos impacted that or not. Can’t believe it helps, though.

  1. metalhead65 - Jan 20, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    right how dare the fans boo somebody who won’t commit to resigning with the team and who turned down 65 million to stay. if you allow the team you play for to shop you aeound that is usaly a pretty good indicator you are not happy for whatever reason and are not planning to come back. but it’s the fans fault for not continuing to worship his every move after all that has gone down?

    • hungrybear22 - Jan 21, 2011 at 2:06 AM

      There’s a difference between what you have a right to do, and what is smart to do. For example, if one player goes up and punches another player, does that player have the right to punch him back, probably. Of course, then he will probably also be suspended, making it not the smart thing to do. That’s all Kobe is saying.

    • petermcd88 - Jan 21, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      That is comment is pretty stupid. When Kobe, Lebron, Dwade, and other great players who have finished their second contract were entering a contract year the ownership never said, “ok sign an extension or we trade you”. This is a pretty unprecedented thing. Anthony is being a good sport about not commenting on this and allowing the team to have some options. Essentially you are trying to force him to forgo his rights to have options and to be a free agent. In any profession you try to keep as many options open as possible so why is Anthony wrong for keeping his options open?

  2. goforthanddie - Jan 21, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    What tetter-tottering? Mr. Vasquez has made it clear he wants out of Denver. Why shouldn’t the fans back him up by hastening his exit?

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