Kris Humphries Booed In Madison Square Garden

7:37 AM PST 12/22/2011 by Erin Carlson

The NBA star and jilted reality-TV husband gets taunted by fans in his first game since returning to the New Jersey Nets.

Kris Humphries drew a cacophony of boos in Madison Square Garden Wednesday night when he stepped on court to join the New Jersey Nets for a preseason game against the New York Knicks.

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It was Humphries' first game with the Nets since signing a one-year contract reportedly worth nearly $8 million. His team lost to the Knicks, 82-88. Meanwhile, New York fans taunted the forward -- most famous for his 72-day marriage Kim Kardashian -- with "lusty" enthusiasm, reports ESPN.com: "Every time he touched the ball during his six-minute stint on the court, the crowd would boo. They later chanted 'We Want Humphries! We Want Humphries!' throughout the game, including three times late in the fourth."

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Afterward, Humphries said he was unfazed by all the booing. "No, I was so focused on the game, I couldn’t hear that, bro," he remarked. Point guard Deron Williams chimed in, saying: "I’ve never heard an opposing player be cheered to be put in the game ... That was a nice gesture on their part."

It is certainly possible that Humphries' reality-TV fame and backlash over his ill-fated wedding had something to do with the negative reaction. Further evidence: Humphries, 26, was just ranked No. 1 on Forbes' list of "Most Disliked NBA Players," edging out the likes of LeBron James.

 

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