Carmelo Anthony better get used to the boos


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.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.

Is DeMarcus Cousins MVP worthy? “It’s mine to grab”

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Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.

This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?

He thinks it’s more than just that, he told Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report.

The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.

“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”

As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.

“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”

Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.

I think Cousins can help provide that.

I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.