Mavs shooting guard Wes Matthews posted to Instagram a picture of him riding a plane back to Dallas, apparently shortly after meeting with doctor. Matthews tore his Achilles in March and said in August he’s sure he’ll be ready by opening night.
That’s very good news for the Mavericks, but even better news for Matthews, a true gamer who can’t stand the thought of missing time due to injury.
“(Recovery is) one of those things that when you’re ready, you’re ready,” he said in August at an Academy shopping spree for local youth. “And I have no doubt that I’m gonna be ready by the time opening night hits. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m not overdoing it, which a lot of people were afraid of me doing. I’m staying the course, I’m listening to the doctors, the PTs, and the trainers. I’m getting stronger every day.”
In addition to the good news his doctor gave him, Matthews posted a couple videos to Instagram in recent weeks in which he’s riding an Arrow “hoverboard” and shooting hoops.
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By now, it’s clear that Matthews’ confidence in his ability to recover in time for opening night should not be in question. But the national media might not agree with him. Skeptical of Matthews’ chances of recovering this quickly from an injury as significant as an Achilles tear, Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck considered the Mavs’ acquisition of the smooth-shooting 2-guard one of the most overrated of the summer. Once Matthews caught wind of it, he let us know what he thought about it.
— Wesley Matthews (@WessyWes23) September 16, 2015
His response, “I’ll leave him tickets to whichever game he wasn’t to come to,” is overflowing with confidence. (It appears autocorrect turned “wants” into “wasn’t.” The creators of autocorrect should be on the lookout for a similar sub-tweet soon.)
It’s great to see Matthews working so hard to come back in time for the opening tip to the 2015-16 season. Not only does it show the type of competitor and hard worker that he is, but it’s also got to be inspiring to his teammates to watch from up-close. Matthews figures to be a huge part of the Mavs’ plans this season and into the future, so should he fully recover in time for the regular season, it’s safe to expect the guard to produce at a high level.