Either way, the Lakers star who regularly gets booed at the Pepsi Center himself, contends Anthony, his teammate on the 2008 Olympic gold medal team, doesn’t deserve similar treatment from his home crowd.
Bryant suggested that if Anthony were at all waffling about his desire for a trade, the Nuggets fans’ hostile treatment might just push him out of Denver.
Anthony’s been the subject of trade talk since refusing to sign a three-year, $65 million extension last summer. Two potential blockbuster trades with the Nets have fallen apart.
Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri said after the Nets halted negotiations on their latest megadeal Wednesday that he was still talking to several teams about his All-Star forward.
Bryant’s teammate, Ron Artest, had a different take on Anthony’s treatment from Nuggets fans.
Artest, who famously declared upon his arrival in L.A. that fans should throw tomatoes at him if the Lakers didn’t repeat as champions, suggested Anthony should feel fortunate fans are only hurtling insults his way.
”That’s nothing,” Artest said. ”He should be happy he got booed.”
Anthony missed the Nuggets’ shootaround Friday morning because of what coach George Karl called a personal matter, but he was expected to suit up against the Lakers.