12/27/2011 at 01:15 PM EST
To all the Kris Humphries haters, New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson has a simple message: "Keep booing him."
Amid a chorus of jeers, Kim Kardashian
's ex-husband led his team to a big 90-84 win on Monday over the Washington Wizards in the season opener.
Humphries, 26, who got a taste of the boo-birds in the preseason
, wants to respond on the court to the mocking over his 72-day marriage
to the reality starlet.
"To me, it's motivation," said Humphries after the game in Washington, The Record reports
. "People are yelling at you, you know you have to go and perform, go and play hard."
Which is fine with Johnson, especially if it lifts Humphries to a night like Monday's, with 21 points and 16 rebounds.
"I'm trying to figure it out – what did he do?" says Johnson. "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."