HoopsHype Wesley Matthews rumors

March 18, 2014 Updates

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

January 9, 2014 Updates

After watching the Blazers go through the motions in a lackadaisical and laughable first-half performance in which they trailed the meager Magic 51-45, coach Terry Stotts did something he has rarely — if ever — done during his two seasons in Portland: He lit into his team with a passionate tongue-lashing at halftime. “He cussed us out at halftime,” Matthews said of his coach. “First time I’ve seen that much emotion from him. And I think we fed off that coming into the second half.” Oregonian

No player would reveal the specifics of Stotts’ halftime speech — “I can’t repeat any of it,” Matthews quipped — but the message was simple: The Blazers’ defense and effort was borderline embarrassing in the first half, and Stotts urged them to search for the early-season edge that thrust them from underdog to juggernaut. Oregonian

December 7, 2013 Updates

"A little bit of everything," Blazers guard Wesley Matthews told Blazersedge, when asked what created the video game numbers. "Open shots, rhythm, flow of the game. Whenever we pass the ball, we can almost predict when the other person is going to make that shot. We know when that ball is coming, we know when the shot is coming, rhythm shots are what you practice all the time." Blazers Edge

December 3, 2013 Updates

The win, which came in a playoff-like atmosphere before an energized crowd, improved the Blazers’ record to 15-3, their best after 18 games since the 1998-99 season, when they also opened 15-3. “We’re a pretty damn good team,” Wesley Matthews said, when asked what Monday night’s win showed. “And we can beat anybody.” Oregonian

December 2, 2013 Updates

“We’re getting team’s best shots,” Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews said. “People are getting up to play us now and we’re demanding team’s best and we have to have ours at all times. We’re not a cool team. Some teams are cool teams. We don’t have cool players. We have dogs. And we have to play like that at all times.” Oregonian

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Aldridge suggested on Twitter Saturday that Wesley Matthews should be a contestant in the Three-Point contest during All-Star Weekend. As of Monday night, Matthews ranked No. 2 in three-pointers made in the NBA and No. 11 in three-point percentage (rankings subject to change when Basketball-Reference updates). "If I'm selected I'll go and represent Portland," Matthews told Blazersedge. "If not, I'll go home, rest, recharge and make them pay after the All-Star break." Blazers Edge

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