Wesley Matthews Adjusting To Fit Lakers’ Defensive Schemes


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The arrival of Wesley Matthews was a serious offseason coup for the Los Angeles Lakers. The veteran guard seems to be the best alternative for Danny Green, who was included in a trade that introduced in Dennis Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Matthews is a succesful defender and a confirmed sharpshooter, a 3-and-D player L.A. desperately wanted. Last season, he additionally gained a singular expertise taking part in on a championship team, beginning for the Milwaukee Bucks alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Now in his twelfth season, the 34-year-old will likely be taking part in for the defending NBA champions, a team constructed round a number of the league’s greatest players, Anthony Davis and LeBron James, and preaching a defense-first method.

And apparently, Matthews mentioned head coach Frank Vogel’s defensive schemes stunned him with their distinctive intricacies. “It’s just getting the nuances of it, understanding what everybody is strong at,” he defined.

“How do we mesh everybody’s strengths and make sure they all coexist with what the defensive scheme is? For myself, it’s a little bit of a change because rather than hedging through screens, now they say bust over and you’ll have help. That’s an adjustment for me where as if I didn’t make a stop, it was going to be tough.

“So not gearing myself back a little bit, but understanding I’m funneling people into LeBron, Marc Gasol, A.D. and all the other defenders this team has. As opposed to just playing 1 versus 2, or 1 versus 1 around the screen.”

Matthews additionally acknowledged the extraordinary nature of the preseason affected his training regime. But the guard expressed hope he could be in an optimum form by the season opener in opposition to the L.A. Clippers on Dec. 22.

“Being in camp with this team, going up against guys like LeBron and Kuz and A.D., and have the first night be against Kawhi and P.G., it’s just going to speed the curve up,” he mentioned.

“I’m feeling better and better every single day in this awkward offseason.”

Kawhi Leonard requested Matthews about Talen Horton-Tucker

Talen Horton-Tucker impressed in each preseason wins in opposition to the L.A. Clippers and obtained reward from James and Matthews, with the latter revealing even Kawhi Leonard was impressed.

“Kawhi was like, ‘Wesley, Talen is 19?’ I’m like, ‘Huh? Nineteen?’ So I asked him and he was like, ‘Yeah, I just turned 20.’ I said, ‘Wow.’ So ‘special’ is definitely the word to describe his game,” Matthews mentioned.

 


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