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NEW YORK -- So, the NBA released its 2014 NBA All-Star Ballot on Friday. The release of the ballot usually garners excitement for basketball junkies. That is, unless you were left off of it.
In nine games, Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews is posting 15.0 points, shooting 54 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and grabbing 5.0 rebounds per contest.
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Those numbers sound good enough to be included on the ballot. However, he was not. Portland only had three players on the ballot in Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum.
When CSNNW.com asked Matthews about being left off the ballot, he responded witth “It’s ridiculous.”
What did you think you first got the word?
“I just laughed. It’s ridiculous,” Matthews said. “You know what, I may never get my dues, but it’s not going to stop me from doing me.”
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Other NBA teams have as many as five players on the ballot. Simply put, Matthews deserves to be on it. He has turned into a bonafide NBA starter who has shredded the one-dimensional defensive label he came into the league with.
For being omitted from the ballot, Matthews has no choice but to get violent, but not literally.
“I’m going to kill everything,” he said. “The Game got this mixed tape out titled Operation Kill Everything. That’s all I’m going to do. Gotta take respect.”