Utah Jazz: Raja Bell knows what Wesley Matthews meant

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  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    Wes Mathews is the enemy come game time! So is Andre Miller for that matter. I hope both players do well, except when playing the Jazz!

    GO JAZZ!!

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 12:43 p.m.

    If I were going I would cheer for Wes before the start of the game. You can't blame him for leaving with that kind of a contract. No one would turn that down. Millsap didn't and we still love him!

    I'll be watching the Braves, but I hope the people there cheer for him during the intros.

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 12:32 p.m.

    I was really excited about the first game of the year regardless of whether it was preseason or not. Then I found out it is not to be on TV and lost all of my enthusiasm. I wonder what David Locke sounds like broadcast in Spanish. Probably much better than in English.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    Wesley Mathews got very lucky, but took advantage of that luck and worked his butt off to earn a fat NBA contract. Shooting guard has been a sore spot on the Jazz roster for years. Korver could shoot well, but was too slow for transition and lacked defense. Brewer could not knock down Jumpers but played above average defense. CJ Miles needs to step his overall game up, and I think he lacks transition speed too. I really like the un-drafted rookie Thompson, he might be a Mathews waiting to happen. As far as Raja Bell, it will be very interesting to see if he can be the defensive stopper and hustler he used to be. I hope Bell still has some gas left in the tank, because if he does not, we could have another year with a glaring weakness at the 2 spot. I hope Bell comes out and shuts Mathews down tonight! GO JAZZ!!

  • TheJazzDidWhat Washington, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 9:34 a.m.

    It will definitely be interesting to see how the fans react to Matthews tonight. It seems Jazz fans are very protective of their franchise and turn on players quickly who they feel have wronged them. GM's voted that Utah has the best home court advantage. Wesley gets to see the other side of it.

    Will be fun to see Bell and Matthews play against each other.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 9:30 a.m.

    Bell has a TON of veteran experience. He also can do everything as good or better than Matthews as long as he is not injured. Not only that he will get more respect from the refs as well which will allow him to get away with more banging defensively.

    Lets also not forget one important stat too. Not only is Bell a significantly better 3 pt shooter than Matthews, Bell actually has a better career 3 pt % than Kyle Korver....and he can play defense and dribble the ball to boot!! What a concept.

    Korver was a one trick pony and in the playoffs Kyle had to be guarded but he was easily shut down every post season. Bell steps it up in the post season and can give you defense which is what we lack every post season series.

    The value of having another fiery veteran in the locker room can not be overstated either. With this many young guys we need that badly.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 9:03 a.m.

    I keep hearing how great Mathews was defensively, but if you look at his defensive numbers in the playoffs they were just average. And both Anthony and Bryant put up great numbers against the Jazz so it wasn't like he was shutting anyone down.

    The truth is Wes is a pretty good defender who has a great story. While I would have loved to see him back I don't believe he will ever be more than a 4th option offensively and since he is really only 6'3" he'll never be a defensive stopper.

    Now that he is with a division rival I'm not exactly going to cheer for the guy. He made a decision that was all about the money and I hope the fans let him have it tonight. It's just business Wes.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 8:04 a.m.

    Ya RV I miss Wesley too. He is a legitimate bonafied very good player in this league. He will force Portland to give him playing time and push Roy to play better and not let up.

    However if Bell gets back to how he played when he was here before then he will help us forget Matthews pretty fast. Bell is a baller who plays the D too. His toughness and veteran leadership qualities are a good example for our young prospects to follow. Go Bell! Go Jazz!

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Oct. 7, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    I miss Wesley ... and wish he was still with the Jazz.

    Though I am glad Raja came back, as he'll fill the void and should make the Jazz a better team.