Brandon Roy Returns To Portland, Receives Standing Ovation

March 30, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Brandon Roy (7) against the New Orleans Hornets during the third quarter at the New Orleans Arena. The Hornets defeated the Trail Blazers 95-91. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It has been almost two years since Brandon Roy last played a game for the Portland Trail Blazers. Continuing knee problems forced him to retire, and even though he has tried to make a comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Roy has only been able to play 5 games, before reinjuring his knee.

Roy was, and still is, a beloved figure across the league, but especially in Portland. He was supposed to be part of the future in the Rose Garden, along with Greg Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge. Unfortunately, injuries derailed that plan.

Tonight, even though he’s out injured, Roy and the Timberwolves made their way to Portland. It was Roy’s first trip back as a member of another NBA team.

Early in the 1st quarter, during a stop in the action, the crowd showed their appreciation for everything Roy did as a member of the Trail Blazers. Roy’s face immediately lit up with a huge smile.

Check out a video of the standing ovation below.

It was a great moment to see, and brings back all the memories of the great moments Roy had as a Trail Blazer. But sadly, it also makes you wonder what could have been if he was able to stay healthy.