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Carmelo Anthony on Nuggets Fans’ Boos: ‘I Gave My All Here…I Never Complained’

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Carmelo Anthony heard the boos rain down on him from the Denver crowd and then promptly rained down threes to help the Portland Trail Blazers earn a 123-109 win over the Nuggets in Game 1 of their first-round series.

When asked by reporters about his reception, Anthony downplayed the impact of any negativity:

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

Nuggets fans still clearly hold a grudge against Anthony for forcing his way to the New York Knicks during the 2010-11 season. Melo spent his first seven-plus years with the Nuggets before strong-arming a trade to New York.

“What else can they do?” Anthony said of the fans. “I don’t know what it is. I gave my all here for seven-and-a-half 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.”

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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