Jun 29

Summertime Player Chats

By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2011draft, WesleyMatthews
This has been the first busy week we've had here at Trail Blazers HQ since the end of the season. It's been a nice change of pace. Having some peace and quiet is cool for about a week or so, but boredom tends to set in pretty fast when you're used to covering the team seven days a week for six months. So having new players in town feels like Christmas, even if it's only for a day.

Luckily, we have some things to remember them by, specifically the chats we conducted with Raymond Felton, Nolan Smith and Jon Diebler Monday afternoon. If you missed it live, or on, you can now wacht it below.

We also had Wesley Matthews, complete with fauxhawk and grandma-themed tattoos, on Just Casey yesterday for about an hour. If you only have time to watch five minutes of Wesley's interview, skip to the end and listen to his story about what drives him.

By the way, those of you who have watched these Skype interviews with Wesley know how it goes, but for those of you watching for the first time, the interaction between Wesley and I is mostly an act. We bust each others chops because we're comfortable enough with each other to do so. I take a great deal of pride in having relationships that allow for more than the typical player/reporter interaction, which is why I don't mind that our banter sometimes sounds confrontational.


  1. I didn't see the Wesley Matthews show. that is great, but it is now time for the Casey and Adam show,

    Thank you for catching me up on Wesleys rehab. I really am interested in this PRP

    by Hg on 6/29/2011 10:54 AM
  2. Casey: I have to interject with your bowling instructions. It is the opinion of most Pro bowlers to extend at the elbow and let your arm swing like a pendulum. The locking of the elbow of course will work, but you lose accuracy and power. When shooting a free throw you start with the elbow locked then extend it. same as bowling your start with the ball close to your body extend and let your arm swing like a pendulum until the bottom of your swing then you hit the ball that causes the waving at the pins effect without pulling the ball, left or right. You hit the basket ball at the top of your swing that gives you the waving at the basket effect that stops you from pulling the BB left or right.

    Of course that is just IMO, but it is quite effective to bowl that way. to get good at it you have to be a bowling lane rat, just like BB players has to be gym rats. BTW if Sarah is a 170 average bowler, it wouldn't be unusual to bowl a 240 games on many occasions. to be a pro bowler she would have to bowl that good on the norm and not on occasions. For Rudy to make 5 or 6 threes in a row isn't unusual for any shooter, but to be an elite or Pro in Sarah''s case Rudy would have to hit that many threes at the norm instead of on occasions, and that is where his problems lay. Consistency and repetitious is what making Baskets and getting strikes is all about. No matter how good you are you will always find those bad nights. that is why I don't get on BB players cases for playing bad occasionally.

    by Hg on 6/29/2011 2:12 PM
  3. Did i say elbow? I meant to say lock your wrist, though maybe that's not the best course of action either.

    by caseyholdahl on 6/29/2011 2:19 PM
  4. You showed elbow and wrist, but locking your wrist and fingers (in finger tip ball) but not squeezing is good until your release then you unload your wrist somewhat like spinning a small wheel when you played as a kid, that gives you the deep hook you see pros use. Or you do the opposite with BB. You lock your wrist and unload it at the time of delivery.

    Mostly the point I was trying to get across is bowling is an under arm swing and BB is an over hand swing. except as you said you do when you are shooting the ball from half court in an underarm swing. Which lets you extend your arm further out to give you height for an arcing shot. Have you ever read the signs at the bowling lanes that says do not loft the ball. that is what happens when you extend your swing to far before releasing your shot. that is what you want to do when you shoot the BB under handed from half court.

    by Hg on 6/29/2011 2:41 PM
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