Kris Humphries' Coach Tells Fans: "Keep Booing Him!"

USMagazine, Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 11:20am (PST)

Kris Humphries can put a positive spin on anything.

Less than a week after he was heckled during a preseason game at NYC's Madison Square Garden, the New Jersey Nets player, 26, said he views the crowd's incessant jeers as "motivation."

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"People were talking crazy last year," Humphries told The Record. "There might be a little bit more this year, but to me, it's motivation."

"They want to have a reason to say something, so you have to try to not give them that reason," he added. "For me, it makes it a hostile environment and it's kind of fun to play in that environment."

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Though he was booed by a crowd of 17,102 fans during Monday's season opener, Humphries helped lead the New Jersey Nets to a 90-84 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Compared to his experience at Madison Square Garden, Humphries says Monday's game "was a walk in the park." Meanwhile, coach Avery Johnson said he's still puzzled by the crowd's reaction to Kim Kardashian's ex.

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"I'm trying to figure it out -- what did he do?" Johnson asked. "I'm serious. Maybe because I don't follow reality TV. I don't know all the ins and outs of it, but it's pretty hilarious to me. I don't know if they even know why they're booing him.

"Keep booing him," Johnson teased. "We'll take the 20 and 16."

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