What youve got is a player ready to fight, Matthews said. Im here to help the Lakers raise another flag. No matter who Im defending, Ill make it hard for him
Matthews, who suffered a torn left Achilles tendon while playing for the Blazers in 2015, was deeply moved when Kobe called him to express his sympathy and encouragement.
I was very surprised that Kobe called me at that time. He was one of the people who helped me the most during my injury. He shared with me the experience of this injury so that I could recover from my sadness. He was so sincere. Im really grateful to him because he could have comforted me by not calling. Matthews said in an interview.