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Wesley Matthews’ homecoming was a dream come true.

“It was awesome, it was way better than I could have imagined.”

The former Mr. Basketball in Wisconsin signed with the Bucks this off-season. It was a perfect fit for both sides. The Bucks got a three and D specialist who slid right into the starting lineup, while Matthews instantly  had the best shot at a championship during his eleven year career.

“As far as the support from the city, the state it’s been unbelievable. The success of the team has been awesome. You put the time, the energy, the work, the sacrifices, you want the reward.”

Will they have the chance to earn that reward? The NBA is inching towards a return … some teams are starting limited volunteer workouts at their practice facilities … but the truth is no one knows what will happen next. The season could be canceled, the playoffs could be at a neutral location, there could be games without fans.

“It’s going to look like the most intense AAU game that anybody has ever seen. If we get that go ahead to go it doesn’t matter if there’s one person, none or 30,000 we want to win that damn game.”

Wes tells me if the NBA gives the green light teams will need around 2 weeks of practices to get back in game shape. For now the Marquette grad is limited to his home gym and hoop in Madison. He’s making the most of the situation hosting a live workout with his daughter on Instagram that raised money for direct relief.

“Now is the time to find a food bank, to help the community. That’s the only way we are going to get out of this. The community has to help each other. We have to take care of our neighbor.”

Scott Grodsky CBS 58 sports.

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