New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, a sensation around the NBA, emphasizes with the villains.
The rookie told New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries, a popular target for fans’ ire, that he doesn’t understand why Knicks fans boo him and told him that he respects his game.
“I saw him in the tunnel outside the locker room after the game,” Humphries said Tuesday on ESPN Radio’s “The Scott Van Pelt Show.” “He just said, ’Hey, I don’t know why they boo you, but I think it’s garbage, and you’re playing really well.’ That was nice of him to say. He’s a really nice guy. ... It’s nice to see great things happen for nice people.”
Much of the fans’ discontent directed at Humphries comes from his 72-day marriage to reality star Kim Kardashian, which was viewed as a money-making scheme.
Humphries, 27, thrived amid the taunts on Monday night, scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to help the Nets snap a five-game losing streak to their rivals.
“I love the hostile environment,” Humphries told reporters after the game. “There’s nothing better than sending 19,000 people home upset Monday night at the Garden. We love that. People are getting rowdy — whether they’re booing me or not — but to get a win like that felt great, and sometimes you’ve just gotta mess with the crowd back.”