Who needs Kim Kardashian when you've got actual, live reality TV.
Kris Humphries, incidental reality TV star who also happens to play professional basketball, was booed at Madison Square Garden during his New Jersey Nets' 88-82 loss to the hometown Knicks. ESPN reports that following his entrance early in the second quarter, the Garden crowd let him have it every time he touched the ball. Later in the game, they chanted "We want Humphries" in an attempt to get him back into the game.
"I felt like Rudy," Humphries said after the game, referring to the unlikely, iconic Notre Dame football walk-on football player who was finally put into a game his senior season.
Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony -- who had his own wedding, to reality star LaLa Vazquez, made into a TV special -- was pleased with the ribbing Humphries received from the crowd.
"New York fans [are] New York fans. I like it, to be honest with you," he said. "That's how it should be. Our fans shouldn't be cheering for [anybody] else and that's how it should be."
Humphries on Tuesday signed a contract reportedly worth $8 million with the New Jersey team, a deal that returned him to his most recent athletic employer.
Given Humphries' mediocre career -- he hit career highs of 10 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in 2010-2011 -- and relative lack of history against the Knicks, it should go without saying that the fans at the World's Most Famous Arena were voicing their disapproval of his off-season activities. Namely, his massively promoted and then very short-lived marriage to Kardashian, which lasted just 72 days.
The 26-year-old has not had an easy go of it in televised New York appearances. In addition to this incident at the Garden, Humphries' marital problems with Kardashian have been broadcast for the world's schadenfreude in the new season of the reality show "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," and he was allegedly outraged by the questions he was asked during a recent interview on "Good Morning America," which broadcasts from New York City.
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