HoopsHype Wesley Matthews rumors

October 25, 2013 Updates

How did it happen? "I don't know, I can't tell you. It was probably just a combination of a bunch of things; stress, fatigue -- you know I don't sleep. I talked to (Blazers GM) Neil (Olshey) and (head athletic trainer) Geoff (Clark) and we're going to put something together that's going to help me with that. I was just practicing, I felt fine, I felt great and we were just shooting free throws and I felt my heart racing like it was trying to jump out of my chest. I kept playing for a little bit and then I pulled myself out. Then it was just a whirlwind of events after that." Oregonian

October 24, 2013 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews had an irregular heartbeat during practice on Wednesday, the team said in a release this evening. The 6-foot-5 Matthews underwent an electrical cardioversion on Wednesday afternoon, and his heartbeat has returned to normal, the team said. Matthews, the Blazers' starting shooting guard, did not travel with the Blazers to Oakland and has been ruled out for Thursday night's final preseason game against the Golden State Warriors. He is listed as day-to-day. Oregonian

October 16, 2013 Updates

Another message from another friend set his skin on fire. ESPN had released its top-to-bottom rankings of NBA players and slotted Matthews 130th, behind players such as JJ Hickson (127), Lou Williams (120) and — gasp — Raymond Felton (108). “When they showed me the ESPN rankings, that (stuff) really (ticked) me off,” Matthews said. “My friends already got me excited coming into the season with their stuff. I was already ready to get back to having that extreme hunger, like famine, like the you-haven’t-eaten-in-weeks hunger. But when the ESPN rankings came out? That was crazy. That’s just disrespectful. But, you know what, whatever. I’ve never been given the benefit of the doubt yet, so why should it start now?” Oregonian

August 22, 2013 Updates

There are still some good people out there. Blazers coach Terry Stotts is outstanding; the best coach I have ever dealt with. And I have tremendous respect for Wesley Matthews, who cares so deeply and works so dilligently at his craft. I also still have a fondness for Batum. And through the years I cherish my relationships with Dale Davis, Stoudamire, James Jones, Joel Przybilla, Jarrett Jack ... there are some good guys. But somewhere in this bizarre transition when everyone has a blog, and people who can write 140 characters are considered journalists, the job lost its allure. Often times it's not about being right, it's about being the loudest. It's not about being good, it's about being first. And it's not about telling the real story, it's about being friends with the players. Oregonian

June 16, 2013 Updates

Wesley Matthews, who had arthroscopic elbow surgery on May 29th, was cleared to shoot earlier this week. His initial timetable for recovery was 3-4 weeks and he managed to recover in less than 2. This is great news for the Blazers, as Wesley Matthews is their best 3-point shooter. With damaged tissue removed in May and the following stitches removed this week, Matthews can resume summer training. Rip City Project

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April 6, 2013 Updates

After a game in which his shot was errant — 1 for 11 on 3-point attempts, 6 for 19 from the field — Portland’s starting guard seemed to call out his teammates. “We need to play with some pride, man,” Matthews said as he met with the media afterward. “I’m trying not to cuss right now, but we have to play with some damn heart. This is crazy. This is ridiculous.” Told that the Blazers’ playoff chances had reached zero, Portland’s starting shooting guard shook his head. “It’s not even about that,” Matthews said. “We have to play like this is the blessing that it is. We’re over here taking it for granted. “We need to check our hearts at the door. We have six games left and we’ve lost seven in a row. we’re better than that.” Portland Tribune

It’s hard to win a game, a reporter mentioned, when a team is 2 for 20 on treys, as were the Blazers Friday night. “I’ll take the blame for that,” Matthews said. “I’m supposed to be able to knock down 3s. I’ve been off a little bit. “But we can’t give up 11 or however many we gave up, either (the Rockets made 12 3-pointers). We have to knock down shots, but at the same time, we have to play some damn defense. We have to play with some heart and some toughness. Who cares if we’re not in the damn playoffs?” Portland Tribune

"The fans are sick of it, we're sick of it," Matthews told Blazersedge. "We've got to give them something to cheer about. Losing seven straight isn't it. We're playing a little bit harder, but not up to our standards, not what we're capable of. It doesn't matter that we're mathematically out [of the playoffs], this is the best job in the damn world. We've got to treat it as such. We've got to be men. We've got to play, we've got to come to work, until this is over with. We're not doing that." Blazers Edge

The rant pierced an otherwise flat locker room, and Matthews said that it would be repeated -- without the cameras and microphones -- the next day to his teammates. "It's definitely going to be known tomorrow," he told Blazersedge. "We're not getting beat by 20 for the rest of the season. There's no excuse. We've beaten these teams before. ... It's stupid right now." Blazers Edge

December 27, 2012 Updates
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December 9, 2012 Updates

Matthews, who has never missed an NBA game in his four years, said he heard his left hip flexor pop during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 99-80 home loss to Sacramento. That came after the same hip was hobbled a quarter earlier when John Salmons kneed him. He said if the Blazers had to play Sunday, he would have to sit out, ending his string of 250 consecutive appearances. It’s the second longest active streak in the NBA to Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (332 games). Oregonian

While he admits his streak of games played means something to him - he even has the game operations staff play Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” during his introduction - he says his desire to play through pain is for more than a note in his bio. “It’s done not only out of stubborness, but out of sacrifice for the team,’’ Matthews said. “It’s not just an individual thing,I’m doing this so my team knows I’m going to fight for them regardless. As long as I can compete, I’m going to compete.’’ Oregonian

December 7, 2012 Updates

The play came in the first quarter of Portland's win at Cleveland on Saturday. Matthews starts to drive from the top of the key, gets by defender Alonzo Gee, but loses the ball as he goes to rise for a left-handed layup, and the ball sails over the backboard. "I didn't have the ball," Matthews said Friday. "I yelled it as I was going – 'I'm losing it! Lost it!'" As for Matthews' reaction to being the butt of O'Neal's segment: "Why would I care about something like that? It's whatever," Matthews said with a laugh. "Ball slipped out of my hand. Shaq airballs free throws. Whatever. It's just basketball." Oregonian

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