Utah Jazz: Father Matthews watches son Matthews

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  • Michael
    Dec. 23, 2009 7:43 a.m.

    Wes Matthews was the best high school player I'd ever seen,lightning fast and quick, a great leaper who dunked on big men on a regular basis, while at Wisconsin,and in the NBA[ask Kevin McHale, Joe Barry Carroll] and and during that mid to late 1970's period, the state of Connecticut turned out some greats, John Bagley, who made up 2thirds of an awesome backcourt, Mike Gminski, Sly Williams, John Garris, Rick Mahorn, all of whom went to the NBA. His son has great genes, goes without saying, and to a certain degree, may have a longer and better career. As for his dad's value to the Lakers during those back to back championship seasons, ask Magic Johnson. Wes was a major cog those 2 years, esp. behaind the scenes.

  • Natalie
    Dec. 22, 2009 5:42 p.m.

    I went to High school with his
    dad and he was a great ball player, I see the same potential in Jr. They both have tremendous talent but also a lot of heart. Mom didn't give him that!

  • Mike
    Dec. 20, 2009 1:59 p.m.

    The jazz got a steal in Matthews. They should have picked up jerel mcneal and dominic James as well. Both are teammates of Matthews and are playing overseas

  • jazzster
    Dec. 19, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    how do the jazz find steals in the draft? as well as undrafted players?

    they find guys who are on the verge of playing overseas if they dont play hard and follow instructions.

    Am sure Wes jr is thinking of a multi year contract at several million a yr in a few years.

  • @@james
    Dec. 19, 2009 6:29 p.m.

    never said i am LeBron, Magic, Bird or Bob Hansen

    the point is..the father was supremely talented, yet wasted his career..maybe Wes sr learned something, and has communicated the lesson to his son...

    sorry u missed it..

  • @james
    Dec. 19, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    what is your point? Obviously you are not LeBron. The kid has game. I do not care about what his dad did 20 years ago! His dad did not even raise him!

  • james
    Dec. 19, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    Wes Matthews sr was one of the all time head cases in the NBA. He was a lighting quick 6 ft player who would not play if he did not shoot the ball. He could have been a asset to any team, that needed quick points off the bench.

    He was quoted, as his career ended, that he would rather play on a cellar dwelling Spurs team and avg 20 pts a game than play a 4th guard for the 4 times Champ (in the 80s) Lakers. And when he was Laker, during the 1987 title, he was mugging for tyhe camera with Magic and Worthy, like he actually contributed. The Lakers chose not to resign him the next yr.

    Maybe he is older and wiser, and sees his mistakes..and has communicated as much to his son, who seems to have a great attitude.

  • Steve-O
    Dec. 19, 2009 12:50 p.m.

    Well said guys! I totally agree.

  • Doc
    Dec. 19, 2009 10:04 a.m.

    Wesley Matthews is the most important guy on this team! he is the Only Mentally tough guy on the Jazz!

  • PurplePeopleEater
    Dec. 19, 2009 9:43 a.m.

    His dad oughta be proud! Matthews is a steal. Once again, the Jazz get lucky in building their team.

    The Jazz are having fewer and fewer also-rans on the team each year. You know, players you'd just as soon see the Jazz get rid of. Bench fodder. That will hopefully play out in more wins over time. Perennial top teams always have good depth.

    I hope Sloan keeps Matthews as a starter the rest of the season. The kid deserves it, and the Jazz do better with him on the court, mostly because of his defense, but also because he CAN score, even from the 3-point line. Let the other swing men find their time at the 3 and as backups.