New Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews tore his Achilles in March as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, ending Matthews’s season and effectively marking the beginning of the end of the Blazers as we came to know them over the past few years. But despite the serious nature of the injury, Matthews said he’ll be ready to go for opening night in 2015-16, according to Tim Cato of Mavs Moneyball:
“I’m gonna say I’ll be ready by opening night,” Matthews said. Later on, when asked if would put that prediction in stone, he said yes.
“Anybody that knows me in this league knows that I’m going to give 150 percent,” Matthews said. “You’re going to have to kill me to stop me from going. Only thing that I can do is how I attack my rehab.”
That’s rather optimistic of Matthews, considering a torn Achilles is one of the most difficult to overcome and a return on opening night would mean he’s back on the court less than eight months after undergoing surgery. There’s little reason for the 28-year-old to rush back, and the Mavericks certainly don’t want to rush him back after giving him a four-year, $70 million contract in the offseason.
However, we certainly can’t rule out a Matthews return by opening night. Perhaps he’s healing quickly and will truly be ready, as there’s no chance he’s allowed to play if he’s not 100 percent. Dallas opens the season on the road against the Phoenix Suns.