I love Wesley....
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  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 08/28/2012 10:26 PM

    ...and thats why whenever i hear Wesley trade talks, i cringe a little inside. This kid has marbles, and as a former Marine, i gage actions, not words.My D.I., a man of small staure, 5'5" at best, was a beast. He told me one day, in the pouring down rain that a man will show you what he's made of if you watch his behavior under pressure. I'll take that Gospel to the grave. Im a winner who knows that my losses dont define me. Its what i learn from my defeats that make me strive for greatness. Hoo Rahh !!!!!
    I digress........

    Wesley Matthews, to me, is a keeper. You cant teach stones. This is a snippet of Wesley being quizzed.......

    One of Wesley Matthews’ regrets is he didn’t become a gym rat until he got to college.

    But the former Madison Memorial and Marquette athlete, who now plays for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, is making up for lost time.

    Several times this summer, Matthews would be watching film and see an area of his game that needed improvement. So he’d call his trainer, Seneca Blue, to set up a session at the Memorial gym.

    Blue would attempt to convince Matthews to take the day off as planned to give his body a rest, all the time knowing his plea would fall on deaf ears.

    "I’d try," Blue said. "But he doesn’t listen."

    Matthews’ work ethic has always impressed Blue. But it was even more noticeable this summer, and it’s not hard to diagnose the reasons why.

    For starters, Matthews is trying to avoid a replay of last season, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard’s third in the NBA and second with the Blazers.

    He used the words "frustrating" and "disappointing" to describe a lockout-shortened season that ended with a major overhaul in Portland.

    The Blazers fired coach Nate McMillan during the season and missed the Western Conference playoffs after finishing with a

    28-38 record that included a season-ending seven-game skid.

    Matthews, in 66 games with 53 starts, averaged 13.7 points, down from 15.9 the previous season. His overall field goal and 3-point shooting percentages also were down from his first season in Portland.

    "It was frustrating because when plays aren’t run for you, you get your game going through the flow of the team," Matthews said. "So when the team wasn’t flowing, I wasn’t flowing. When the team was flowing I was flowing, and that’s the way I want to play and felt good. And the next night, we’d lay an egg. That part got to me."

    ************But Matthews sees reason for hope. Portland has a new general manager (Neil Oshey) and a new coach (Terry Stotts). The latter, who coached the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons from 2005-07, has promised to run a fast-paced offensive system with an emphasis on 3-point shots.

    Portland has reshaped its roster around star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, adding point guard Damian Lillard of Weber State and center Meyers Leonard of Illinois with the sixth and 11th overall picks in June’s NBA draft.

    "I’m always excited to play basketball, but something is different about this year," Matthews said. "It’s a rebuilding year. The way things are shaping up in the West, no one’s really expecting us to do anything. So I like those odds. I like that feeling where you’re counted out."

    Matthews also likes the idea of being counted on as a team leader. He was chosen to represent the Blazers at the draft lottery in May and raised eyebrows within the organization by volunteering to play with Portland’s entry in the Las Vegas Summer League.

    "I think it sent a message, and I think that’s what he wanted," Blue said. "I think he wanted to prove to those guys that, ‘Hey, I’m committed to this organization. I’m committed to getting myself better. I want to be a leader and whatever I need to do, I’ll do it.’ "

    Matthews was driven by something else this summer: the desire to take his game to another level.

    Read more: http://host.madison.com/sports/columnists/jim_polzin/nba-no-summer-vacation-for-trail-blazers-wesley-matthews/article_a15b3b44-eff6-11e1-9b6a-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz24uOtPBP6

    " no one’s really expecting us to do anything "   This sentence right here, disturbs me. Not just because others doubt us, but a great many  so-called Blazer fans feel the same way. Success perceived is success achieved. There are spies amongst us who smell our brand, but dont wear our brand. Im watching you.
    Fot the love of Pete, there was a Lakers fan who had infiltrated our rank, and had the unmitigated gall to speak ill of RIP CITY !!! An expletive communist !!! Here !! Amongst us !!!  Never again. Theres an unspoken rule in families, i can talk about my brother,he's family. But you, cannot. I will be exercising my Blazer Fan  right to delete all blatant imposters . Carry on. As you were. RIP CITY !!!!
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. CarlJ1
    Posts: 399

    Posted 08/29/2012 5:40 AM

    As usual you give us something refreshing to read common I don't get why people want to trade Wes either the guy is young and still growing and always wants to get better he's our glue guy and I expect him to have a great season.
    I am a fan of Respect, Loyalty, Honor & Pride the same thing the Blazer & their true fans are made of RIP CITY STAND UP!
  1. mbmurr1
    Posts: 530

    Posted 08/29/2012 8:44 AM

    I hope Wes has a fantastic year, but there are two guys behind him who are ready to come up in Barton and Williams. The reason Matthews name comes up in trade talks is his contract size and length and the lack of trade-able players on our roster. After this year one of our sg's will have to be traded to provide minutes for the other two, unless Wes has a phenomenal year, because of his contract he is the odd man out...... If the court were bigger and we could play 8 on 8 then everyone would get minutes, even if it were 6 on 6 but it is not and so there will always be trade talks for Matthews and also Batum and his 15% trade clause.  
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  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 08/29/2012 10:53 AM

    Barton has shown that unlike Crawford,HE can actually make plays for others. Not only does he have a decent stroke,but boards with the best of them. One of a few i might add that when he does grab the board,can push it up the floor before defenses can get set. A guy like that is an asset. Granted that he can stand to eat a holiday meal for the entirety of the season to get his weight up, but i think he can be a great point forward ala Pip. Maybe even do long stretches at the point. His handles are above average. Having said that, neither he, nor E. Will have Mathhews' pit bull approach on defense.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. Siccolo
    Posts: 1250

    Posted 08/29/2012 11:44 AM

    I like Wes because he compliments Batum and LA. He does not need the ball a lot, he plays off it. I now like him as our SG. There is no position in our starting lineup that I dont like. That is why teh only trade I would want is for quality bench guys. Keep our whole starting 5. Now playing with Lillard and having Barton pushing him and he is also getting better this off season I think Wesely will be great this year.

    I see him going back to his first year when he was on the Blazers. 15-16 points 4 rebounds 45 FG%  40 3ptFG%
    I am a fan of This Quote "One Love. One Heart. One Human race."
  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 08/29/2012 12:01 PM

    Last year it was easy for all our guys to get lost in a non existent system. Not a single role was defined. With the exception of L.A. and JJ not one Blazer played to his potential. Felton , while i wish him nothing but success was a cancer. Nolan who is better than what he showed us, folded like a cheap lawn chair. Saying that we were soft at the pivot spot is being kind at best. McMillan who was a sargeant turned into a circus ringmaster. What we did with our guys who are meant to run was akin to locking a nymphomaniac in a convent. Im anxious to see what a new perspective will bring to this team. Stotts says he'll bring a style of fun and freedom to this team, i believe him. As a franchise, we've endured so many setbacks and disappointments that its easy to lose faith. We must not go gentle into that good night. We've taken more than our fair amount of shots to the chin, but we're still standing. Its not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. If we're coached well and play well, we've got a punchers chance in the ring with anyone. The west, with the exception of OKC,and N.O have gotten older. Theres a changing of the guard happening, and we have an opportunity to do great things.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. riverman
    Posts: 1431

    Posted 08/29/2012 5:14 PM

    I've always said Wes was a keeper. Great motor, great defense, can hit the 3..a natural leader. He's our glue guy, our Bruce Bowen and he's young. I was happy we picked up Ronnie Price because both he and Wes played for Sloan together. I think Wesley and Nic can have breakout seasons this year with an unselfish pt guard and an offensive coach like Stotts. We have a great core. In some ways I'd bring Wes off the bench as a captain with Price or Smith, Barton, Leonard, and Hickson. No matter what the doubters say...I think we're 14 players deep. Wes will be a really important guy for Barton to look up to and take advice from. I think his game will take another step forward this season as well as Batum's Jeffries and Pavlovic are better players than people think as well. Claver I have no idea but he's really tall for a 3. I think Elliot should start as well as Freeland but Stotts will know by regular season who fits his schemes best
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 08/30/2012 10:21 PM

    Well said riverman.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 09/01/2012 10:34 AM

    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 09/04/2012 3:55 PM

    I like Wesley as well...just not as the starting shooting guard for this team. He's a streaky outside shooter who has troubles handling the basketball and creating his own offense. As a wing player, that's a huge chunk missing out of his game. I do like the prospect of him coming off the bench, being a defensive specialist and bringing energy with the second unit. I just feel like we need more out of the starting 2-guard position and am hoping that Elliot can be that answer. I do agree that we need his attitude and toughness on this team though.
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  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 09/04/2012 5:08 PM

    He does seem to play harder off the bench. I also like the idea of him being on the floor with Leonard and JJ. Defensively, i think we see Price edging Nolan,and given the duty of harassing premiere point guards in the West.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
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