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|Wesley Matthews was just 2 years old when his father, Wes, won a ring as Magic Johnson's backup.|
|Wes Matthews was a mainstay on the Lakers' "Showtime" teams of the 80s.|
|Wesley Matthews, an undrafted rookie out of Marquette, has found himself guarding Kobe Bryant.|
“"I didn't even watch it," said Matthews, who was making plans to play overseas. "I had my phone on and if something was going to happen my agent was going to call me. It got late, late, late, late, late and I'm like, 'OK, this isn't going to happen.' So I drove home and my agent called me and told me we were going to the summer league with Utah. It was a rough night. My grandma said I had until midnight to be mad about it and then move on to the next thing." Instead of signing a contract and getting his NBA career started, Matthews hit the road, first to the summer league in Las Vegas with the Sacramento Kings and then to the summer league in Orlando with the Utah Jazz. Moore traveled to Las Vegas to watch Matthews play but was unable to go to Orlando yet watched every game on her computer. "I needed to gauge it myself," she said. "If anyone was going to tell my son he wasn't good enough or he needed this or needed that, I couldn't depend on secondhand knowledge. I needed to witness it myself and be my own judge. I thought it was always important that I be there. I needed to know what these coaches were saying. I needed to know what feedback they were giving so I would know whether I agreed or disagreed." Matthews, who averaged 6.2 points for the Jazz in Orlando, eventually signed a free-agent contract with the Utah, who he thought would draft him in the second round before the team took Goran Suton, the Michigan State center who would later be waived in training camp. Injuries in training camp to perimeter players C.J. Miles and Kyle Korver thrust Matthews into the starting lineup Nov. 13 in Philadelphia, and he responded by scoring 16 points. He would go on to start 19 straight games before Jazz coach Jerry Sloan moved Ronnie Brewer to shooting guard and inserted Andrei Kirilenko at small forward. By Feb. 18, Matthews had become such a fixture in the lineup the team felt comfortable enough to trade Brewer to Memphis. Matthews finished the season as one of only two Jazz players to play in every game and started 48 games, more games than his dad ever started in a season, while averaging 9.4 points, which is better than his father's career average of 7.9. "Only God could write a story like this," Matthews said. "Only he could make a path this way, and I'm just trying not to mess it up. This time last year I was training in D.C. for the draft workouts and I was watching the Jazz play the Lakers in the first round, and now to be a part of it, I can't even put it into words."
Good luck sweetie.” -- Pam Moore's text to son
Wesley Matthews before each game