With some empty bleachers and an open court, Wesley Matthews shot after shot perfected his touch as the ball went through the net routinely. He knows he has to be always be prepared whenever coach Nate McMillan calls his name.
Wesley remembered how pick after pick teams left him unwanted in the 2009 draft. The Utah Jazz noticed him and signed him to a one year rookie deal. Jerry Sloan knew that Matthews was special he just only needs the time and opportunity to grow as a player. Wesley never doubted himself and continued to work hard to earn him a starting job when the Jazz shooting guard Ronnie Brewer got traded. Life is not a bed of roses for Matthews everything should be earned like his father who went through different teams in his nine-year NBA career.
The Portland Trail Blazers pursued Wesley after the Jazz declined to match the offer. It was the culmination of his hard work when he was offered a 5 year $34 million contract. But Matthews will have to battle minutes with a team that has abundance of guards and one superstar, Brandon Roy. Everything seems to be a challenge that’s why Matthews always go to battle prepared.
After Brandon Roy injured his left knee last Tuesday night, Matthews got the redemption when Nate gave him the opportunity. Wesley scored 22 points in the first half and finished the game with a career high 30 points as Portland escape a win against the Memphis Grizzlies 100-99. Everybody needs to step up when their star player went down and Matthews did more than that.
“Swish” as the net sounded when the ball hastily went in. Matthews knows he still has a lot to prove but it doesn’t take a genius to know that he is special.