Getting over an ex in the immediate aftermath of a break-up can be tough. Not getting over an ex 10 years later is a little bit concerning.
Denver Nuggets fans aren’t still over the fact Carmelo Anthony exercised his right as a superstar player and requested a trade from the team to the New York Knicks.
And they continue to boo him for it.
So, what’s the issue?
You're still not over it, Nuggets fans?
“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?" Anthony said on the boos. "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."
Anthony gave Denver 7.5 good seasons, which included a Western Conference Finals run, and did the franchise a solid by requesting a trade for them to receive compensation instead of just leaving as a free agent.
But for some reason, fans in the Mile High bombard him with boos like Toronto Raptor fans did Vince Carter for almost a decade after he also forced a trade out to the New Jersey Nets.
Anthony revived the Nuggets from mediocrity but isn’t appreciated for his efforts.
“Fans act like they own you,” said ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson on Nuggets fans booing Anthony. “They act like they own you and have a right to say, do, treat, whatever because you’re theirs. The moment you reject them, they feel hurt and the pain lasts forever.”
Hell hath no fury like a Nuggets fan scorned, apparently.
There’s been an expression the past few years to give people of endearment their appreciation while they’re alive and not when they’re gone. It wasn’t that long ago Anthony wasn’t in the league and it seemed like his NBA career was over.
Now that he’s back and his career is on a year-to-year basis, it’s almost questionable as to why Nuggets fans aren’t showing appreciation for one of the best to do it in the uniform.
"What else can they do?" Anthony added on the reception. "I don't know what it is. I gave my all here for 7½ 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."
Anthony has since revived his career with the Portland Trail Blazers. He appeared in 69 games during the regular-season, primarily as a reserve for the first time in his career, and averaged a career-low 13.4 points and 11.3 FGA’s, but a career-high 40.9% from three.
He then dropped 18 points on the Nuggets in Game 1 to help lift the Blazers over the Nuggets 123-109.
So, are Nuggets fans playing this one correctly?
Or are they shooting themselves in the foot by giving Carmelo Anthony added motivation?
We'll see how Nuggets fans and Melo respond in Game 2, which tips off Monday night at 7pm on NBCSNW.