Mavericks swingman Wesley Matthews is still working his way back from the Achilles tear he suffered last season while a member of the Blazers, but the franchise has confidence that he’ll be a better player than ever once he finds his rhythm, Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post writes. “He’s had a rough go here, and the important thing is we all kept encouraging him,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We have a great deal of belief in him. What he’s doing is extremely difficult, coming back from that injury in this timetable. It’s hard, you know? Hard things are hard. It’s just the truth. And along the way, there’s going to be some nights like this, and there’s going to be some nights like the other night, and he just has to keep staying the course and seeing the light. Because, at the end of this process, he’s going to be a better player than he was when he went down last March. I’m not only confident of it, I’m certain of it.”
Here’s more from around the league:
- Pistons coach/executive Stan Van Gundy noted that injured guards Brandon Jennings and Jodie Meeks may benefit from a D-League assignment prior to rejoining the team, David Mayo of MLive writes. “I think it helps with the conditioning because the only way to get in basketball shape is to play basketball,” Van Gundy told Mayo. “We play so many games that practice time is limited, and practice time isn’t that long. Your chance to go get 35 minutes a game, and really get your conditioning back, would be to do something like that. But again, our guys are a little different because they’re veteran guys. It would have to be something they’re willing to do and we haven’t broached that subject yet.“
- The Celtics have recalled power forward Jordan Mickey from their D-League affiliate in Maine, the team announced. This was Mickey’s fifth stint with the Red Claws this season.
- Jim Boeheim, who is a member of Team USA’s coaching staff as well as head coach at Syracuse University, doesn’t believe that Jerry Colangelo would have accepted his new position with the Sixers unless he was going to have total control over the front office, Jake Fischer of SI Now tweets.
- There are several NBA coaches whose jobs are currently in jeopardy, including Lionel Hollins (Nets), George Karl (Kings), Dave Joerger (Grizzlies), and Alvin Gentry (Pelicans), notes Fran Blinebury of NBA.com in his rundown of head men who he opines are on the hot seat.