Humphries, 26, who re-signed with the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday, was loudly and repeatedly booed by New York Knicks fans Wednesday night during a pre-season game at Madison Square Garden, ESPN reports.
Each time he touched the ball, Humphries got an earful. He played only six minutes but was harangued even while on the bench, having to listen to chants of “We want Humphries! We want Humphries!”
Asked about the heckling after the game, he replied sarcastically: “I was so focused on the game, I couldn’t hear that, bro.”
Humphries said he wasn’t sure if he’d be heckled by other teams’ fans throughout the season, but claimed it didn’t bother him too much. “I don’t know. I’m not too focused on it. I’m just here to win games,” he said.
His teammates said Humphries has a thick skin, and that the booing shouldn’t affect his playing. “We’re here to give him some man hugs if he needs them, but he should be fine,” said point guard Deron Williams.
By Tim Nudd