Wesley Matthews Credits Kobe Bryant For Helping Him During Achilles Recovery
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The last couple of years, Kobe Bryant has continually dealt with injuries, but the first and arguably most devastating was the torn Achilles in 2013. The sight of Kobe walking off the court after knocking down two free throws against the Golden State Warriors will go down as one of the most iconic moments of his career.

Dallas Mavericks guard/forward Wesley Matthews suffered the same injury last season as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. While the recovery process is approximately a year, Matthews was ready by opening night and credits Kobe.

According Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Kobe preached the need for patience to him during his recovery:

“Patience. You can hear that from somebody like him, who is obviously has the drive and work ethic that most people don’t even have half of,” Matthews said in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. “For him to say patience is a big thing.”

Matthews noted that the words really set with him especially because they came from Kobe himself, via Medina:

“I’m not patient by any means, either,” Matthews said. “I feel like we’re cut from the same cloth. For him to say that, it set with me right away. I was trying to mentally prepare for it. But you can’t prepare for it until you’re in the thick of it.”

Matthews defied a lot of odds by recovering from the injury so quickly. He tore his Achilles in March and was ready on opening night for the Mavericks, who signed him to an $80 million contract in the off-season.

This is another case of Kobe imparting his wisdom not only on his teammates, but his NBA peers. Julius Randle has consistently pointed to Kobe as someone who helped him through his recovery last season, and Matthews experienced the same.

PREACH!

  • Tonight’s DFenders game is on TWC for those interested in seeing Upshaw and crew.

  • Tonight’s DFenders game is on TWC for those interested in seeing Upshaw and crew.

  • Kobe helping somebody else?
    That cant be possible…..LOL!
    where are the Kobe haters at?
    lol they all gone now that alridge talked up. and now mathews too.
    there hiding like rats…..

  • Kobe helping somebody else?
    That cant be possible…..LOL!
    where are the Kobe haters at?
    lol they all gone now that alridge talked up. and now mathews too.
    there hiding like rats…..

  • you heard Jerry West talked to him. “MIGHT’ be warriors bound, if he continues to grow.. Lakers better keep an eye on him.. he’s looking like hes understanding more of the scheme of things.. still need work.. but looking ok ..

  • you heard Jerry West talked to him. “MIGHT’ be warriors bound, if he continues to grow.. Lakers better keep an eye on him.. he’s looking like hes understanding more of the scheme of things.. still need work.. but looking ok ..

  • she literally got Kick out lmao hahahahaha she was too cocky.. should of never been on the cover of ring.. didnt prepare right.. she got wat she deserve .. rematch would be nice .. i hearing now, there was trouble in her camp smh excuse about to come out soon

  • she literally got Kick out lmao hahahahaha she was too cocky.. should of never been on the cover of ring.. didnt prepare right.. she got wat she deserve .. rematch would be nice .. i hearing now, there was trouble in her camp smh excuse about to come out soon

  • yup she did exactly what she said she wouldn’t, chase holm and rush after her. i was rooting for ronda but she does think she’s bad she needed this

  • yup she did exactly what she said she wouldn’t, chase holm and rush after her. i was rooting for ronda but she does think she’s bad she needed this

  • got beat by a Boxer .. this will wake her up..humble her down.. i think re match she will win.. Holly did not look good her last fight but i always say in a boxing match, the Jab will get you, or set up for a knoc out punch, in this case it was a knoc out kick hahahaaha ..waiting to see what Floyd say..

  • got beat by a Boxer .. this will wake her up..humble her down.. i think re match she will win.. Holly did not look good her last fight but i always say in a boxing match, the Jab will get you, or set up for a knoc out punch, in this case it was a knoc out kick hahahaaha ..waiting to see what Floyd say..

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  • I noticed he’s getting more aggressive on both ends of the court, which is REAL NICE! His defensive presence can be felt when he’s on the court. He’s slowly but surely improving his game.

    Also, did y’all see that fat @$$ mf Vereen? Seems like they let everyone play in the dleague. Maybe I’d get a chance, too lol.

  • I noticed he’s getting more aggressive on both ends of the court, which is REAL NICE! His defensive presence can be felt when he’s on the court. He’s slowly but surely improving his game.

    Also, did y’all see that fat @$$ mf Vereen? Seems like they let everyone play in the dleague. Maybe I’d get a chance, too lol.

  • Fired Byron Scott Right now because of wrong decision And weak defense please fired right now and replace tom thibodeau or scott brooks and also consider option monty williams as next head coach LA Lakers

  • Fired Byron Scott Right now because of wrong decision And weak defense please fired right now and replace tom thibodeau or scott brooks and also consider option monty williams as next head coach LA Lakers

  • Corey Hansford,

    First off I want to thank you for having enough class and respect to create a topic that shows Kobe Bryant (one of the greatest Laker and NBA players ever) in a positive light.

    There are far too many journalist and mainstream commentators taking cheap shots at Kobe for their own kicks and personal gain.

    After all Kobe has done for the Lakers, the NBA, Nike, and basketball world-wide I think it is disrespectful and distasteful in his 20th and perhaps last season in the NBA.

    This could be his last season so why shouldn’t everyone try to show a bit more respect? I personally think the excuses some make to knock him is totally ridiculous. And some even have the nerve to call themselves Laker fans?

    Now obviously Kobe is not perfect, and is fair game to criticize, if that’s what you get paid for or like to do. But many just take it a bit too far IMO.

    Wes Mathews, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, and others it is also great to here your positive feedback on what Kobe has done to encourage and support your careers.

    Thanks again ! And………. Hang in there Lakers things will get better.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Corey Hansford,

    First off I want to thank you for having enough class and respect to create a topic that shows Kobe Bryant (one of the greatest Laker and NBA players ever) in a positive light.

    There are far too many journalist and mainstream commentators taking cheap shots at Kobe for their own kicks and personal gain.

    After all Kobe has done for the Lakers, the NBA, Nike, and basketball world-wide? I think it is disrespectful and distasteful in his 20th and perhaps last season in the NBA. Hopefully this is not his last season, but…….

    This could be his last season so why shouldn’t everyone try to show a bit more respect? I personally think the excuses some make to knock him is totally ridiculous. And some even have the nerve to call themselves Laker fans?

    Now obviously Kobe is not perfect, and is fair game to criticize, if that’s what you get paid for or like to do. But many just take it a bit too far IMO. Can’t they also credit the good he has done and continues to do?

    Wes Mathews, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, and others it is also great to here your positive feedback on what Kobe has done to encourage and support your careers.

    Thanks again ! And………. Hang in there Lakers. Things will get better.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Agree, game seems to change when he is in. Has an impact. Still has a ways to go conditioning wise, but I think he is worth developing.

  • Agree, game seems to change when he is in. Has an impact. Still has a ways to go conditioning wise, but I think he is worth developing.

  • What I am saying is they should sign him! Right now he is being developed but any team can sign him. Like to see Lakers secure his rights. Would have to cut Sacre or make a trade.

  • What I am saying is they should sign him! Right now he is being developed but any team can sign him. Like to see Lakers secure his rights. Would have to cut Sacre or make a trade.

  • 1. Trade Sacre & Kelly for a backup PG and let Lou play SG, his natural position.
    1.1.Make Huertas the 3rd string PG.
    2.Sign Upshaw in December
    3.???
    4.Profit

  • 1. Trade Sacre & Kelly for a backup PG and let Lou play SG, his natural position.
    1.1.Make Huertas the 3rd string PG.
    2.Sign Upshaw in December
    3.???
    4.Profit

  • Keep it real thats all i have to say buddy!
    Keep it REAL!
    hey on another note paytc.
    I want to ask you who is your top 3 greatest Lakers ever?
    I have Kobe 1st Magic 2nd and Kareem 3rd.
    I put him Magic ahead of Kareem bc his statue was outside Staples long before.
    And kareem had to beg the Lakers management about putting 1 in for him.
    Kareem helped us alot but i would give much more credit to our PG Magic then kareem.
    And we all know the Kobe story his statue is going to be right next to Magic outside Staples!
    And when that happens im taking a flight to la to go see it!

  • Keep it real thats all i have to say buddy!
    Keep it REAL!
    hey on another note paytc.
    I want to ask you who is your top 3 greatest Lakers ever?
    I have Kobe 1st Magic 2nd and Kareem 3rd.
    I put him Magic ahead of Kareem bc his statue was outside Staples long before and Magic was a Laker 13 years Kareem 1 more 14..
    And kareem had to beg the Lakers management about putting 1 in for him.
    Kareem helped us alot.
    However i would give much more credit to our PG Magic then kareem.
    being how Magic had more influence on the game passing and making showtime even possible. no Magic no showtime….
    Plus Magic could play PG or center he was 1 of a kind player never again….
    Now we all know the Kobe story…. his statue is going to be sitting right next to Magic’s outside Staples Center.
    And when that happens im taking a flight to LA to go see it for myself!

  • ImaLaker4Life,

    All I will say is all 3 of those Lakers could be not only considered the best Laker ever but also the best Player ever. Especially if you break it down to their positions. I think Magic was the best point guard ever. Kareem is probably the best center ever. Kobe would definitely be the guy most would argue compares to Michael Jordan who is hyped up far greater than any player ever (not that he is not great but just a little over hyped IMO). I give my opinion on the greatest in my book “Win Anyway”

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • ImaLaker4Life,

    All I will say is all 3 of those Lakers could be not only considered the best Laker ever but also the best Player ever. Especially if you break it down to their positions. I think Magic was the best point guard ever. Kareem is probably the best center ever. Kobe would definitely be the guy most would argue compares to Michael Jordan who is hyped up far greater than any player ever (not that he is not great but just a little over hyped IMO). I give my opinion on the greatest in my book “Win Anyway”

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • lol i hear you pal.
    but if you had to pick just 1 guy as the best Laker ever who would it be?
    just one guy though.
    take away kareem i think showtime continues on.
    take away Magic Johnson and i just dont see it happening.

  • lol i hear you pal.
    but if you had to pick just 1 guy as the best Laker ever who would it be?
    just one guy though.
    take away kareem i think showtime continues on.
    take away Magic Johnson and i just dont see it happening.

  • Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabar. Kone Bryant.

    Next tier
    Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille Oneal.

  • Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabar. Kone Bryant.

    Next tier
    Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille Oneal.

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