HoopsHype Wesley Matthews rumors

January 27, 2015 Updates

Joe Freeman: Wesley Matthews said neither he nor the #Blazers have been told by the NBA he has been invited to compete in All-Star Three-Point Contest. Wesley Matthews: "But obviously I would love to represent Portland in the Three-Point Contest when it is an official thing." Twitter @BlazerFreeman

January 11, 2015 Updates

During halftime of West Linn's eventual 92-75 win, Matthews attempted three shots from half court coming up well short on all three. The NBA's leader in three point field goals conceded that the shooting display might have been his worst of the season. "Probably considering I went from signing autographs, it was freezing cold and I decided to throw up half court shots," Matthews said with a laugh prior to Saturday's game against the Orlando Magic. "But they were all on line." Oregonian

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Enter Hornacek, then an assistant coach with the Jazz. Hornacek was one of the NBA's best shooters during his 14-year playing career and he was blunt with Matthews, telling him he wouldn't stick in the league if he didn't develop that part of his game. So Hornacek, now the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, made it his personal goal to shape Matthews' shot. The pair became inseparable and worked to refine Matthews' stroke through repetition and diligence. Every day, sometimes twice a day, they would work. Off days. Game days. Practice days. Holidays. It didn't matter. Matthews said a day didn't go by without the two working on shooting drills. Oregonian

Matthews is fueled by competition -- doesn't matter if it's a game of Monopoly or basketball, he wants to win -- and the rounds with Hornacek proved to be a test of endurance and patience. Hornacek once set an NBA record by making eight consecutive threes in a game without a miss, and he never lost his shooting stroke. Matthews found it nearly impossible to defeat his mentor. "I beat him twice," he said, chuckling. "We did it the whole year, every day, and I only beat him twice." Oregonian

December 16, 2014 Updates

The idyllic fit for the Cavaliers to fill their void for toughness, shooting and defensive tenacity resides in the Pacific Northwest: Wesley Matthews of Portland Trail Blazers. Cleveland has adored Matthews for quite some time and its quest of him has been repeatedly vetoed, league sources told Northeast Ohio Media Group. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Portland, at 19-6, is one of the best young teams in the league and is off to its best start in 15 years. Breaking up a sturdy nucleus entrenched in a winning culture isn't in the team's plans. Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 10, 2014 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers players and staff wore T-shirts on Sunday honoring fan Sandra "Sandy" Zickefoose who died at 67 after collapsing in the stands during the fourth quarter of Thursday's game against the Dallas Mavericks. The Zickefoose family was also in attendance on Sunday and the Blazers had a moment of silence as well as a rose placed in the seat in which she sat at Blazer games to honor her. "It means a lot. It was tough for everybody. I can't even imagine what the family is going through right now and to be wearing this and to be representing this it gives us an added edge going into tonight," Wesley Matthews said. Columbian

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For the second straight season, Matthews dealt with an irregular heartbeat and dealt with it only the way he could, suggesting that maybe another career-year was in order. When he was asked about whether he thought this could be his last season in a Blazers uniform with his contract coming off the books this summer, he was to the point. "Nope." Columbian

While Portland's shooting guard isn't focused on winning NBA honors like being selected to the All-Defensive team, he's certainly not bashful about his place in the league. "I'm never going to be the type that gets gaudy numbers to make an All-Defensive team," said Matthews before getting to his case. "Do I think I'm All-Defense? Absolutely. I think I'm the best two-way two-guard in the NBA. But I feel like we need to be a good defensive team within the scheme of the game. We're not out there gambling, trying to reach and get steals. That would put us in a bind if I don't get it," Matthews said. Columbian

October 6, 2014 Updates
October 3, 2014 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews missed practice for the second straight morning on Thursday in Tualatin. “I had that heart thing go on again yesterday. I noticed it probably two thirds of the way through practice. I felt it go irregular,” said Matthews on Thursday. “I talked Dr. Jeff, sat out a little bit ran some tests. Went in today to do the shock that I did last year and I felt it last night I felt it go back to normal. It stayed, it corrected itself. It stayed normal through this morning. I was in there early this morning and all the scans and test, I was a lab rat again. Everything’s cool. Ease back into it. I’m optimistic, excited to get back out there.” The Columbian

October 2, 2014 Updates

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