Kobe Bryant left a legacy that will always be remembered. Not only did he make an impact on basketball, but he also made an impact off the court as well. So many people have been inspired watching Bryant’s work ethic and how he approached life. On the court, he did whatever it took to become the best. He also suffered his fair share of injuries on the court too.
Wesley Matthews had numerous battles with Bryant on the court, and Bryant was one person that Matthews was grateful to talk to when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in 2015.
Kobe Bryant never gave up on his dream
In life, sometimes there are obstacles you have to go through to get to where you want to go or become successful. When you face those obstacles, you have the option to give up or go through them. Kobe Bryant was someone who always went through the obstacles he faced. Bryant had a dream to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and he knew that the journey was not going to be easy. But he was ready for whatever came his way.
In an article from CBS Sports, Bryant talked about how he never lost sight of his dream. “It’s easier said than done because I think we all have dreams,” he said before his final NBA game. “But once you go through the process of trying to make those dreams a reality, you hit obstacles. And I think unfortunately because of pressure or anxiety or responsibilities, things, whatever, you kind of give up on those dreams and somewhere along the line you lose that imagination. I think it’s important that you never lose that. You have to keep that. That’s the most important thing. I never gave up my dream.”
In the process of not giving up on his dream, Bryant inspired others. “The coolest thing is the messages I receive from the players,” he said about his farewell tour season. They say thank you for the inspiration, thank you for the lessons, for the mentality. Those things honestly mean the most from me, that respect from the peers, there’s nothing in the world that beats that.”
Wesley Matthews’ injury was a tough blow during his career
Ever since he’s entered the league, Matthews has been a productive role player. In his first few seasons, he spent time in the starting lineup and coming off the bench. He played a significant role during his time with the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland had one of the most skilled and talented starting lineups in the NBA during the early to middle 2010s. Matthews was a part of that starting lineup, and from 2012 to 2015, he averaged double digits in scoring.
In January of 2015, Matthews became the all-time career leader in three-point field goals made, surpassing Terry Porter’s franchise record of 773. Not too long after that, Matthews tore his left Achilles tendon and missed the remainder of the 2014-15 season. Matthews was playing on one of the top teams in the league that season and he goes down with an injury and is forced to miss the playoffs. That’s something no one wants to experience, and when he suffered the injury, he received an unexpected call from an all-time great.
Kobe Bryant kept it real with Wesley Matthews during his injury
When Bryant heard about Mattews’ injury, he reached out to him, and the two had a meaningful conversation. In an article from www.silverscreenandroll.com, Matthews talked about the conversation he and Bryant had. “It’s crazy, one of the people that helped me through mine, rest in peace, was Kobe,” Matthews said.
“He was just sharing his wisdom about it, and it really helped motivate me because he was honest, and he said ‘it’s hard.’ He said ‘it’s going to be hard.’ And at the time that’s not what you want to hear, but it’s what I needed to hear, because I didn’t want anything sugarcoated. I wanted to know what it was I was going to have to go through, and that helped, and he was always an outlet for me. And I like to think that I can be that for other people.”
Matthews took in everything that Bryant told him during that conversation and went on to make a successful recovery. Now Matthews is a member of the LA Lakers, and he wants to offer advice to other players who have suffered injuries as Bryant did with him.