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Boos Fuel Carmelo Anthony’s Fire

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The future Hall of Famer knocked down a barrage of shots while Nuggets fans booed their former star.

2021 NBA Playoffs - Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

Over 22 minutes of play against the Denver Nuggets, future Hall of Famer and current Portland Trail Blazers’ forward Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points, shooting 50 percent from the three-point line, and he did it while fans booed him, their former star. Asked about the boos after the game, Anthony had this to say, according to Casey Holdahl of Trailblazers.com:

“The boos? It’s cool man, I love them too,” said Anthony. “I love those guys too. It’s been what, almost 10 years now since I’ve been here. The love is there man. They love me, they hate me, I can’t do nothing about that. Just go out there and smile and enjoy myself and have fun and play basketball. Whatever they have to say, let ‘em say it. It’s not my concern.”

According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, Anthony also added:

“What else can they do? I don’t know what it is. I gave my all here for 7.5 years. I’ve never said anything bad about Denver, about fans, the organization, players. I never complained. I took everything on the chin even when it wasn’t my fault.”

The Nuggets drafted Anthony in 2003 with the third pick, and he spent seven years with the franchise before being traded to the New York Knicks. The victory marked Anthony’s first win against the Nuggets since the trade.