DENVER -- Carmelo Anthony had just scored 35 points and his Denver Nuggets had just beaten Oklahoma City for one of their biggest wins of the season.
So what did the home fans do Wednesday when Anthony spoke in a post-game interview that was broadcast throughout the Pepsi Center? They booed.wholesale nfl jerseys,cheap nhl jerseys,football jerseys,nba shop;winter cap,red bull cap,monster hat,new era hats,dc winter cap;asics running,asics gel shoes,running shoes asics;180 color eyeshadow,mac makeup,mac brush.
"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.''
Bryant believes Nuggets fans are hurting whatever chance there might be that Anthony, who likely will be dealt by the Feb. 24 trade deadline, might want to re-sign with the team.p90x, p90x dvd, p90x cheap, power 90;ghd hair, ghd styler, tai chi , bao chi
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"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 instead of boo you.''
The Nuggets are likely to trade Anthony because he has yet to sign a three-year, $64.47 million contract extension that is on the table and he can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer. But Bryant said Nuggets fans need to respect how Anthony, who did not make himself available to the media Thursday, is playing.
"I don't think it helps,'' Bryant said of the boos. "Obviously, it's hard to trade him. It's hard. So maybe he won't be traded. Who the hell knows? But you got to show support for him. He's still playing hard. ... Either you ride with him or you don't.''
Bryant said he's only been booed once at home in his 15-year NBA career, all with the Lakers. He said it was during the first game of the 2007-08 season after he had asked during the offseason to be traded. But he said the fans stopped booing him when they saw he was playing hard.
Bryant was Anthony's teammate on the 2008 Olympic gold-medal winning outfit and keeps in touch with him regularly. He says Anthony's main focus is to play with a winner.
"It has nothing to do with a bigger market,'' Bryant told a group of reporters earlier. "It's about winning. If you want to keep a player here, make the right decisions, make the right choices, personnel. Get a team around a guy that will help you win and there will be no problems.
"If Denver will make the right decisions, bring in the right personnel, then (Anthony will) stick around. It's not rocket science.''
Anthony declined to say after Wednesday's 112-107 win over Oklahoma City whether he still has any interest in re-signing with Denver and said he still believes he will be traded by Feb. 24. A possible deal with New Jersey fell apart when Nets owner Mikael Prokhorov said Wednesday his team no longer would consider trading for Anthony.
That announcement overshadowed Denver's big win over the Thunder. Anthony's situation has been played out in public since late last summer, and booing of Anthony has increased in recent weeks at the Pepsi Center as the realization has increased that Anthony likely soon will be gone.
Anthony's teammates, though, showed some humor in the situation when they booed him at practice Thursday when he stepped to the line for three free throws in the waning seconds of a scrimmage. He made all three.
"I hate to see it because, of course, Melo's like a little brother to me,'' Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups, a Denver native, said of the boos. "I hate to see him going through that. But those are die-hard fans, man...They're getting the message that they're getting, and they don't appreciate that. But, at the same time, I'm a player. I sympathize with the player because I know that his career is in his own hands
"Everybody wants him to be loyal to (Denver) but everybody thought I was going to be in Detroit forever (before being traded in November 2008 to Denver). Nobody cared about them not being loyal to me... It's a double standard.''
Nuggets coach George Karl also looked at both angles on Anthony hearing boos.
"I see both sides,'' Karl said. "I want to support Melo but I also want to support the fans. The fans are a part of us. They're a part of our organization. We can't be successful without them. I can't deny that some of them are probably very frustrated.''
Frustrated enough that Bryant says Denver fans aren't helping any chance there is of Anthony sticking around.