Imagine being traded 4 days ago, and then having to line up against your former team.
Norman Powell knows the feeling all too well.
After being traded from Toronto to Portland ahead of the NBA’s trade deadline on Thursday, Powell suited up in a Trail Blazers uniform for a second time on Sunday. This time, he was playing against his former teammates on the Raptors.
But during the first half of the game, Powell forgot which team he was playing for, and accidentally lined up on the wrong side of the jump ball. Whoops!
Raptors fans, who are still devastated by the trade of one of their fan-favorites, reacted accordingly.
It’s never fun “ripping off the bandage,” but Powell did it with grace while dropping 13 points and collecting three rebounds.
He did have some fun with it though, staring down his former Raptors teammates.
"He gave a little look to bench after one of those shots he made, but I just looked at him," Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. "I thought he was looking at me, but he wasn't. I was like 'I didn't trade you man. What you mad at me for?' But Norm's such an emotional guy, in a good way. He wears his heart on his sleeve, but it was really good playing against him."
Powell wasn’t the only player that had to play against the team that traded him. Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood, who were sent back to Toronto in the deal, also faced off against Portland. Trent Jr. record six points and seven rebounds, while Hoodie had 13 points and 2 rebounds.
All parties embraced after the Trail Blazers beat the Raptors 122-117 on Sunday night. Nothing but love.