(via NY Daily News)

In the aftermath of Portland’s dominating victory over the Bulls on Monday night, Blazers star Carmelo Anthony described the special bond he felt with Chicago and the community there that has supported him from day one.

(via K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago)

“I think I will always be connected to Chicago some way, somehow,” Anthony shared. “For years and years, my name has always been connected to the Chicago Bulls. I was a Bull for 10 days. That support was a big moment. Those fans didn’t have to do that.”

The 10-time All-Star spent a rather short and forgettable stint with the Bulls last year. He was sent there in a trade by the Rockets back in January. Of course, he never suited up for the team — and never played again that season.

But clearly, Chicago fans have not forgotten Melo. After passing Alex English for 18th place in the NBA’s all-time scoring list on Monday night’s victory, he was cheered by the pro-Bulls crowd from the and even received a loud “We want Melo” chant as he sat on the bench during garbage time.

From rumors of his arrival years ago to last season’s quick stint, and now this special comeback moment — it seems Anthony has shared a number of experiences with the Bulls over the years. Hopefully, this trend will continue as the 35-year-old forward closes out the final chapter of his career.