Wes Matthews’ Goodbye Letter To Portland Is Also Way Better Than What LaMarcus Aldridge Wrote
We're sensing a theme here: LaMarcus Aldridge didn't put nearly as much thought into his departure from his long-time team as players like DeMarre Carroll (formerly a Hawk, now a Raptor) and even former Trail Blazers teammate Wesley Matthews (now with the Mavericks). At least that's what it looks like from their goodbye letters, and optics are everything.
You might recall that Aldridge wrote a 117-word note to the fans that he passed along to a Portland beat writer upon deciding to leave for San Antonio. Fine, whatever. That's his choice. Then Carroll, who hadn't been with the Hawks nearly as long as LMA had been with the Blazers (nor was he the same caliber of star), blew him out of the water with a heartfelt thank you letter published in The Players' Tribune. Fine, whatever. It's not a competition.
But now Matthews has also published his goodbye letter to Rip City, and it's super heartwarming as well. Here's part of it, via The Players' Tribune:
Five years is a long time. In those five years, I’ve developed many friendships with people within the franchise, but the friendships I am truly, truly grateful for are the ones with all of the fans. To the fans — thank you! I know this is overdue, but I wanted it to be right. You all were amazing to me from the moment I landed in Portland to my last moment as a Trail Blazer, and I can’t tell you what that means to me. I gave everything I had every night and I felt the same from you.
Though I am continuing my career in Dallas, and am excited about my future with the Mavs, my love and appreciation for Rip City will always be there!
That's just the end of the letter, and it's already longer than what LMA wrote in total. The rest of the letter details Matthews' first time touching down in Portland after beginning his career in Utah, and being welcomed with open arms.
Smart of Matthews to wait to send this out until the ink was dry on his Mavericks contract (we're looking at you, DeAndre Jordan), and it seems as though Aldridge's team should have taken a minute to consider how he wanted to say goodbye to the only franchise he's ever known, since now he's getting circles run around him by dudes who weren't nearly the name he was in Portland for years.
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