DENVER -- Move over Hoodie Melo, it was vintage Melo on Thursday night.
The Denver Nuggets fans in attendance were treated to show with Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony back in town.
The 10-time All-Star finished with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 2-of-5 from deep in the Blazers 114-99 loss to the Nuggets.
Anthony was excited to back playing in the Mile High City for the first time since he returned to the NBA after his one-year hiatus.
It was back to the city where it all began.
“It’s always fun, Melo said. "It’s always fun coming back. I wish we could’ve won, but it’s always fun outside of the actual game. It’s always fun coming back, being in the city and just being around and playing."
Anthony suited up for Denver for 7 1/2 years before being traded to New York.
The 35-year-old was well received Thursday night during the Blazers introductions despite the No. 3 overall pick for the Nuggets in the 2003 draft, being dealt to the Knicks after he had publicly said he wanted to be traded to New York.
The Nuggets explored an Anthony trade since he refused to sign a three-year contract extension worth nearly $65 million they offered him in the summer of 2010.
But, Nuggets fans seemed to have settled their differences with Melo.
And now there’s just one thing missing in Denver, at least according to Anthony:
The No. 15 hanging from the rafters.
The former Nuggets forward believes it would be fitting to have his number retired in Denver.
This is where it should be retired to be honest with you, just my opinion… I think that the history is here, it’s where it all started. -- Carmelo Anthony after Thursday’s game in Denver
Unlike the Blazers organization not allowing players to wear Brandon Roy’s No. 7, Denver has not made such arrangements. Nuggets All-Star center Nikola Jokic currently wear No. 15.
Melo joked that could be a problem.
“Maybe not because Jokic got 15 now. We’ll see, man. We still got time,” Melo laughed.
Whether it's Denver, New York, or both, teams will have time to figure out the retirement of Anthony's number.
The time is now, though, for the Trail Blazers and Melo as they continue to look for just their second win of the season against a team with a winning record.