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Kobe clears everything up: Denver fans weren’t “stupid,” they were “idiots”

Jan 21, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant is used to getting booed in Denver, so when they rain down on him Friday night it should be no big deal.

Thursday, when asked about fans in Denver booing Carmelo Anthony after he dropped 35 on Oklahoma City in a Nugget win, he said the fans in Denver were “stupid.” His point: If you want to try to keep the guy in town, maybe booing him is not the brightest idea ever.

Before the Lakers took on the Nuggets Friday, Kobe was given the chance to retract that statement. As the Associated Press reports, he didn’t exactly go that direction.

“I said they were idiots for booing,” Bryant recounted.

Reminded that a day earlier he had characterized those frustrated fans as “stupid” for booing their own superstar, Bryant replied, “Stupid and idiots are synonymous.”

Idiots might be harsher.

“I don’t know,” Bryant said. “They’re close. They’re cousins.”

Between Bryant and Anthony, fans in Denver are going to get a lot of boos in tonight. That or they’re saying boo-urns. (I was saying boo-urns.)

  1. petermcd88 - Jan 21, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    One of the things I like about Kobe compared to Lebron is that he sticks by what he says. Good for him

  2. goforthanddie - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    “His point: If you want to try to keep the guy in town, maybe booing him is not the brightest idea ever.”

    Maybe they want him as much as he wants to stay.

  3. philtration - Jan 22, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    He is right.
    Melo is going to play out his contract and wipe Denver off his shoes.

    They are going to end up getting nothing in return and that is just retarded management no matter how you cut it.

  4. metalhead65 - Jan 22, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    just to be clear here,he rejects a 65 million dollar extention and tells the nuggets he wants to be traded but only to the knicks and the fans should shower him with the same love and affection they have since has been here?ah poor baby got his feelings hurt! if I were the nuggets and could not get what I wanted for him I would trade him to the t-wolves at the last possible second of the trading deadline for whatever they would give up. if it is all about winning for him let’s see how he reacts to losing until the season ends.

  5. wizahdry - Jan 22, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    I think when it comes to the Denver, CO area Kobe should shut his mouth and not go there.

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