Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:
BROOKLYN — Across the long, long history of sports rivalries, there may never have been a case where one player enjoyed the chants of the opposing team’s fans the way Carmelo Anthony did on Monday night.
Melo grew up in the nearby Red Hook Houses and so the chants of “Brook-lyn, Brook-lyn” during the Nets’ 96-89 overtime victory over the Knicks at Barclays Center didn’t bother him the way chants of “Yank-ees suck” or “A-Rod sucks” might have bothered, say, Alex Rodriguez at Fenway Park.
“It felt good,” Anthony said of the chants that occurred during a game in which he scored a game-high 35 points to go with 13 rebounds but missed a potential game-winning jumper at the end of regulation. “Just as a Brooklyn guy, it felt good to hear that.”