January 15, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Portland Trailblazers guard Wesley Matthews (2) with the ball during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 115-111 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Wesley Matthews' Simple Gesture


This is why I like Wesley Matthews. In a time when the vanity of social media saturates the digital pores of society, he goes the extra mile to offer his appreciation for others. He was the only Portland Trail Blazer to recognize Memorial Day via twitter this afternoon. That’s not necessarily a knock at anyone else; everyone is free to do as they wish, but it was personally comforting to see one of our own connecting with the community in a poignant and meaningful fashion.

It’s not about war politics or taking sides, it’s just his way of letting soldiers know that he appreciates their ongoing sacrifices. More than anything, it shows character. I have no desire to see twitter become a podium of obligation where players mechanically recite their condolences and congratulations because it is good publicity, but I would still like to see more NBA players genuinely follow Matthews’ suit.

I guarantee you that it took very little effort on his part to thank our soldiers in less than 140 characters, yet the message it sends means so much to those affected by war (which is all of us, by the way). It is this sort of gesture that maintains the Blazers’ reputation for veneration and communal deference. Thank you for making keeping Portland classy, Wes. And thank you, soldiers, for sacrificing so much so that we don’t have to.

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