Carmelo Anthony better get used to the boos

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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.

Cristiano Felicio steals final rebound needed for Dwyane Wade’s triple-double (VIDEO)

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Dwyane Wade could have had his first triple-double since 2011 when the Chicago Bulls played the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Bulls veteran, a teammate got in his way.

Center Cristiano Felicio, who was not aware of the situation or momentarily forgot about it, went up for a rebound as time expired, knocking the ball out of Wade’s hands.

Via Twitter:

After the game, Wade was calm about the matter and even joked with ESPN saying, “My teammate didn’t want me to be great.”

Wade finished the night with 20 points, 10 assist, and nine rebounds.

Teammate Jimmy Butler did notch a triple-double of his own with 18 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds. Chicago beat Cleveland, 117-99.

Briante Weber goes from Warriors to Hornets, signs 10-day contract with Charlotte

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Backup point guard Briante Weber has signed a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Hornets. This comes after Weber signed two 10-day contracts with the Golden State Warriors earlier in the season. News of the signing was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

Weber, 24, played his college games at VCU and in his work this season for Golden State was somewhat disappointing. In seven games, Weber put up 1.7 points, 0.7 assists, 0.6 rebounds, and 0.4 steals per-game. His advanced numbers tell a more complete story, where his box plus/minus was -6.1.

Charlotte will look to use Weber in a backup role to Kemba Walker. Ramon Sessions had been playing rotation player minutes for the Hornets until early February when he suffered a left knee injury that could keep him out up to six weeks.

Stephen Curry assist wins Warriors fan $5,000

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Stephen Curry wasn’t just setting up teammates Saturday night, he was helping out a fan.

One of the Warriors in-game entertainment bits is to have basically adult skeeball for cash. One female fan was doing about as well as I do at arcade skeeball when Stephen Curry ran out to give her a little help and win her $5,000.

The Warriors went on to beat the Nets and clinch a playoff slot with the win.

Paul George ejected for arguing calls, Pacers go on to lose to Heat

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Paul George already had one technical in the game (from a double technical situation), when he thought he was fouled and should have gotten a call fairly early in the third quarter of a tight Pacers game against the Heat.

George apparently wouldn’t let up barking at the referees, maybe said some magical words, but whatever happened the officials hit him with a second technical. He was tossed. You can see the reaction above.

The Pacers hung close in the game until the Heat went on a 21-4 run to open the fourth and that was the ballgame. If you’re the undisputed leader of your team ā€” as George is ā€” you just can’t get tossed for things like this.