HoopsHype Wesley Matthews rumors

April 17, 2014 Updates

It’s hard to make sense of it considering four players I spoke with — LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum — all say they want Stotts back. It’s hard to fathom there’s danger for the guy who has coached the league’s best offense, and has guided the marked development of Joel Freeland, Will Barton, and Lillard while igniting career-best seasons from Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Batum and Matthews. Yet, from all appearances, Stotts is dangling in the wind. Oregonian

March 23, 2014 Updates

And even though there are ominous signs about this team — from its 14-16 record over the last 30 games to its 6-12 road record since Jan. 1 — the Blazers (45-25), who played without injured All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge for the fifth consecutive game, insisted this loss was not emblematic of a greater problem. “I don’t think it’s a larger issue,” Wesley Matthews said. “We played bad. They played well. They played like they had something against us from what we did to them at our place. We didn’t shoot it well the first half, they shot it well. Big Al had a good night, Kemba Walker had a good night. They’re a playoff team and they’re all NBA players. We didn’t play well. They played great.” Oregonian

When a reporter told Matthews he wasn’t sure if it was more appropriate to kill the Blazers for their general ineptitude or dismiss the hideous performance as just one of those nights in a grinding 82-game season, Matthews looked at him sideways and issued a challenge. “If you kill us, you’re going to look dumb come next game,” he said. “Because we’re going to be a whole new team, we’re going to be the team we’re supposed to be. So you go ahead and kill us. And you’re going to have to come back and see us in the locker room and be like, ‘Aw shoot.’ So I’m just going to save you. Write that. Write it all.” Oregonian

March 21, 2014 Updates

Matthews ventured towards a little revisionist history when describing the team's confidence after this win as they head into another five-game road trip: "It was always high. We're just winning now. We won two straight, we feel good. We felt alright when we were losing, we were just irritated that we were losing. You can look back at those games. Dallas, we were supposed to win that. Houston, we were supposed to win that. Memphis -- nah, OK. San Antonio, crap shoot, the lull of the first three. New Orleans, we took care of business. Golden State we were supposed to win that game. A charge, a loose ball, a call, anything flips that to our favor and [then] we're one of the hottest teams in the league." Blazers Edge

March 19, 2014 Updates

Matthews then stole a pass by Nate Wolters, found Lillard with an around-the-back transition pass to set up a Lillard dunk with 2:12 left, then added a three-pointer with 1:17 left that put Portland up 112-105. From there, the Blazers hung on by making free throws to seal a win they could not afford to let slip away. “You know what, tonight we’re happy with the win,” Matthews said. “We’re always going to take a win — ugly, pretty, it doesn’t matter — but we’re not happy with the way that we played.” Oregonian

March 18, 2014 Updates

During a recent question-and-answer session with fans on NBA.com, Wesley Matthews was asked who would win a one-on-one matchup between him and teammate Nicolas Batum. The uber-competitive Matthews didn't pull any punches when he answered the question. "Me," Matthews said. "Because I'm better than him. He doesn't want to see me one-on-one. This ain't no European thing. You know how me and Earl (Watson) get down. We don't play. No foul calls, all that. You're going to have to earn every bucket." Oregonian

When he caught wind of the Q & A and Matthews' challenge, Batum took to Twitter to defend himself. He quoted Matthews' answer and set up a Wild Wild West-style duel, just short of High Noon. “Wes tommorow 11am ...” Batum said Tuesday in his tweet. The Blazers probably will practice on Wednesday, setting up a possible stage for a fun — and perhaps — intense head-to-head matchup between two of their best players. At least one teammate is excited about the possibility. “I’ll be there,” Damian Lillard said in a reply to Batum’s tweet. Oregonian

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So he turned to Matthews. After the Blazers’ starting shooting guard had dressed and finished his postgame interviews, Robinson approached him in the hallway outside the Blazers’ locker room at the Moda Center and vented. “I just told him it’s tough,” Robinson said. “It’s something that, mentally, I’ve been struggling with since I came into this league. I was just trying to get my mind right.” Matthews was understanding. He was empathetic. But he was also real. Matthews can see immense potential in Robinson, an imposing 6-foot-10, 240-pound bruiser with wide shoulders, big biceps and a hint of nastiness to his game. When he’s focused and active, Robinson’s relentless energy and strong-as-an-ox mentality can be difference making, as it was on Sunday night in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. But when Robinson is lackadaisical, when he tries to feel the game out, he looks lazy on defense, seems lost on offense and is hindrance than difference making. Oregonian

“Wes just told me, ‘No matter what you do, no matter how many minutes you get, stay who you are,’” Robinson said. “At this point in my career, with my team, I’m going to be who I am for this team. If I mess up, I’m still going to end up playing a certain amount of minutes. If I play good, I’m still going to play the same amount of minutes. So it’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I just need to make the best of my opportunity. Oregonian

February 5, 2014 Updates

Q: As far as your contract, do you ever go back and look at the articles that said they overpaid you? Because right now, that contract is looking pretty good. Wesley Matthews: I'm underpaid now, right? No, not yet. This career and this life are too short and I try to live in every single moment. When it's all said and done, I'll take time to reminisce. CBSSports.com

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“I had a famous father who wasn’t around and I’m carrying his name. So, yeah, that was my obstacle growing up.” – Wesley Matthews. Imagine what it’s like to have people coming up to you throughout your childhood telling you how wonderful and significant your father is. Telling you how great he is and explaining to you why you should feel special. CSNNW.com

Matthews Sr. entered the 1980 NBA Draft and was taken at No. 14 by the Washington Bullets. He completed a 10-year, journeyman NBA career that brought about two championship rings during his time as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in the late ‘80s. During those championship runs with the Lakers, Matthews Sr. and Moore gave birth to Wesley Matthews Jr. in the fall of 1986. Shortly after, according to the Trail Blazer guard, Matthews Sr. “took off,” leaving the child before he ever knew his father, in a place where everybody else did. “I’m living in probably his second-most popular city that he’s lived in other than Bridgeport,” he said. “I mean, he’s the man in Wisconsin. I’m carrying his name and I knew nothing about him other than that everybody else around me loved him. And I’m having the toughest time trying to figure out why the hell he’s not around.” CSNNW.com

Headway has been made, but not much. Matthews says his dad made the step of trying to enter his life when he was a senior in high school. A hardened Matthews was reluctant and hesitant to embrace him, and much of that remains today. Matthews Sr. continues to make a concerted effort to be a part of his son’s life. He’ll show up at road games and keeps in touch through text messages. Matthews -- Sr. and Jr.. -- are the exact same way when it comes to their competitive juices. After road games, the father will converse about the game. He’ll break down what went wrong and point out things that most people won’t even notice with expertise that only ex NBA players have. CSNNW.com

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