Wasn’t it crazy seeing former (but at the time future) Trail Blazer Arron Afflalo in a Denver Nuggets jersey!?
What? Was Afflalo not the one who came to mind?
Okay, but for real, it’s a trip to think about Carmelo Anthony’s NBA journey, especially witnessing him in his prime with the Nuggets.
For Trail Blazers fans watching the 2009 Christmas Day Game between the Blazers and Nuggets on NBCSNW Tuesday night, who would’ve thought that 10 years later Melo would be a Trail Blazer?
Who watched this game in 2009 and thought there would be a day when Melo would be in a Blazers uniform? Took a while, but glad Portland got to experience Melo this season.#RipCity https://t.co/tcVYbh0gER— Chris Burkhardt (@CBurkhardtNBCS) May 27, 2020
This Trail Blazers Classic Game was an instant classic for both Brandon Roy and Carmelo Anthony.
The B-Roy vs. Melo showdown was extra special in front of a sold out Rose Garden crowd. (86th consecutive sell out).
And boy, were Trail Blazers fans giving it to the Nuggets forward!
Melo picked up his fourth foul with just under eight minutes remaining in the third, and that ignited the Blazers crowd. It also helped that Martell Webster drained a corner three, but it’s funny to think about how much a fan base can give an opposing star player so much grief and now show him so much love.
Roy carried the Blazers in the scoring department, helping Portland beat Denver, 107-96.
Heading into this Christmas game, the Blazers were 13-2 in Christmas showdowns.
Roy went 9-of-14 from the field to score 25 points in the first half and continued his scoring tear in the second half.
It seemed as though Melo was prompted to drive it hard to the hoop or make sure he scored on the baseline following any Roy bucket at the other end.
Roy’s 41 points in the win was a franchise Christmas record.
The Trail Blazers guard learned from his Christmas Day game experience the year before when he went 8-for-20 from the field in a 102-94 home loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Melo finished with 32 points. At that point of the season, he was the NBA’s leading scorer, averaging 30.3 points per game.
After more than 10 years since this game was played, Rip City shared its emotions thinking about how much they miss watching B-Roy.
Damn I miss B-Roy.— Upfrmthe7 (@upfrmthe7) May 27, 2020
I miss LaMarcus— Team Mom (@tcbbiggs) May 27, 2020
I miss B-Roy
I miss Andre Miller
I miss Steve Blake
I miss Steve Blake's oversize shorts and skinny ankles
I miss the @trailblazers
I miss the @ModaCenter
I miss @Dame_Lillard
I miss basketball!!
(This game on @NBCSNorthwest though is 🔥🔥)
Seeing Roy in his fourth season in the league battle it out against Melo in his seventh season, makes it hard to not think about Roy still playing in the league today.
During the Trail Blazers 2009-10 season, Roy averaged 21.5 points, 4.7 assists, and 4.4 rebounds.
Anthony averaged 28.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.
Roy’s 41 points on Christmas tied him for 5th in the NBA for points on Christmas Day since 2000.
The two players were, of course, critical scorers and leaders for their teams.
At 35 years old, Melo brought what felt like Christmas cheer to the Trail Blazers this season.
Now as we eagerly await the NBA’s decision on if/when the 2019-20 season will resume, and what the 2020-21 season could look like, just imagine the Trail Blazers hosting the Denver Nuggets next season with Melo still wearing a Blazer uniform.
That would be fun!
Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.