Earl Watson
American basketball player
Earl Watson
Earl Joseph Watson, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins, where he was a four-year starter.
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Q&A: Earl Watson on his Suns, ignoring John Wooden and more
ABC News - 3 months
? Earl Watson, still just 37, has had an improbably fast transition from backup journeyman to the youngest head coach in the NBA -- until Luke Walton, who is 36, supplanted him. Earlier this week in Utah, Watson sat down with ESPN to talk about his young Phoenix Suns, becoming a coach, family tragedy, and much more. You said before the season, pretty emphatically, that you wanted to make the playoffs. Is that still a goal now, at 6-14 [now 6-16]? That's always my goal. There's a lot of time left. With a young team, anything is possible. Our veterans are who they are. The only room to go through is through the young guys. Their development is better than a trade. It can happen at any time. Dragan [Bender] is getting better. Marquese [Chriss] is getting better. Tyler Ulis -- we just have too many guys. I like him. He's a smart player. He's gonna be a head coach in this league. It's not...
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Earl Watson's Suns get the better of Luke Walton's Lakers in battle of the NBA's youngest coaches
LATimes - 4 months
As Phoenix Suns Coach Earl Watson explained the debates about rap music he has with the teenagers he coaches, he saw one of his flock wandering the wrong way.  “I have no clue where he’s going; he’s 19,” Watson said to a group of reporters, before shouting down the hall to second-year guard Devin...
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NBA trending: Earl Watson takes over Phoenix Suns
LATimes - about 1 year
News and notes from around the NBA: TRENDING ... Earl Watson takes over Phoenix Suns A slow start and a season-ending knee injury to guard Eric Bledsoe contributed to the firing of Jeff Hornacek as coach of the Phoenix Suns. Former UCLA guard Earl Watson replaced Hornacek on an interim basis. Through...
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NBA-Raptors spoil debut of interim Suns coach Watson
Yahoo News - about 1 year
(Adds quotes, details) Feb 2 (The Sports Xchange) - Toronto guard Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and DeMar DeRozan had 22 as the Raptors spoiled Phoenix interim coach Earl Watson's debut in a 104-97 victory over the Suns on Tuesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. "We knew they would come out and play extremely hard and go out there and do their thing and try to get a win," Lowry said. "We kind of weathered the storm and just paced ourselves throughout the whole game and found a way to win the game." Reserve guard Terrence Ross had 16 points and 7-foot center Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points for the Raptors (33-16), who have won 12 of their last 13.
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Slumping Suns fire head coach Hornacek
Yahoo News - about 1 year
(Reuters) - The slumping Phoenix Suns have fired head coach Jeff Hornacek and named assistant Earl Watson as the interim coach, the National Basketball Association team said on Monday. The Suns began the 2015-16 NBA season with hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2010 but have lost 19 of their past 21 games, a stretch that has seen the team without several key players. "The Phoenix Suns have relieved Jeff Hornacek of his duties as head coach following his two-plus seasons in the position," the team said in a statement.
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Rent Ex-NBA Star Earl Watson's Encino Home for $25K a Month
Fox News - about 1 year
Party palace in the valley? Former NBA point guard Earl Watson has his six-bedroom home in Encino, CA, on the rental and real estate market. The post Rent Ex-NBA Star Earl Watson's Encino Home for $25K a Month appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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NBA Napping Serves Vital Role In Players' Performance
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
It is 3:00 p.m. on a chilly February afternoon in Minneapolis and the Utah Jazz are trying to hang on to the final playoff seed in the Western Conference during a hectic stretch of eight games in 13 days. The Jazz endured a late flight from Salt Lake City following a win over the Thunder. Tip-off with the T-Wolves is just five hours away. It's nap time. "I think almost everyone does it," Jazz veteran point guard Earl Watson told The Huffington Post. The game-day nap is a longstanding NBA tradition among bleary-eyed players during the grueling 82-game season. According to Dr. Margot Putukian, director of sports medicine at Princeton University, the activity may aid the body even more than the players are aware. "Sleep deprivation has been linked to pain and complaints of muscle and joint pain," Putukian told The Huffington Post. "We know how helpful restorative sleep is." The rigorous schedule for NBA teams often includes late post-game flights and early mornin ...
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Nuggets' Kenneth Faried Might Be NBA's Best Kept Secret
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NBA veteran point guard Earl Watson used a few choice words two years ago to describe Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried after playing with him in the vaunted UCLA summer run: "He's a beast, an absolute monster." But the kid from the streets of Newark, N.J., and little-known Newark Technology High School had a tough start. He wasn't a McDonald's All-American or an All-State selection, and recruiting services like Rivals and ESPN.com didn't even give him a one-star rating. Before he signed with Morehead State, local schools like Iona and Marist -- not bigger names like Duke or UCLA -- showed interest. At 6 feet 8 inches tall and the NCAA's all-time leader in rebounding (surging ahead of Tim Duncan), Faried led Morehead to its first NCAA Tournament win in nearly three decades over Louisville, not counting the 2009 play-in victory over Alabama State. He should have been a lottery pick in the 2011 draft. But scouts and general managers were worried that he was too s ...
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Kobe's 'Closed-Door Meeting'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES -- Airing things out among themselves had the desired effect for the Los Angeles Lakers. Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers on his way to scoring 17 points and the Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 102-84 on Friday night, snapping a four-game skid. Coming off an 0-3 road trip during which players confronted each other last Wednesday in Memphis, the Lakers got balanced scoring and better team defense that helped them beat the Jazz for the first time in three meetings this season. Kobe Bryant suggested "our closed-door meeting that everyone seems to know about" had something to do with the victory. "It's a relief, especially against a team that's handled us pretty well," he said. "We made shots and that makes the game a lot easier. It's not about showing we've turned the corner. It's about doing it." Derrick Favors led the Jazz with 14 points off the bench. Fellow reserve Gordon Hayward scored 13 and Al Jefferson ...
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Sweet 16
Huffington Post - about 4 years
SALT LAKE CITY — The Los Angeles Clippers already have a December to remember. Sunday they can close it out in perfect fashion against a familiar foe – the same Utah team they rallied to beat 116-114 Friday night to earn their 16th straight win. If they extend their streak by beating the Jazz at home Sunday, they will join the 1995-96 Spurs and 1971-72 Lakers as the only teams in NBA history to complete a 16-0 month. If they fight the way they did Friday, it should be easy. "Give Utah credit, but our guys battled back tonight," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "They found a way to win and that's what it's all about. We stayed together, we weathered the storm when we had to and gave ourselves a chance and we were fortunate to make enough plays." Afterward, team leader Chris Paul could hardly be heard over the pulsating music of Jay-Z as his teammates sang along in the visitors' locker room. Why not? The Clippers had just pulled off a 19-point com ...
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Kyrie Irving: Cleveland's Next Hoops Star
Huffington Post - over 4 years
When then Duke freshman Kyrie Irving came back from a gruesome toe injury against Arizona in the Sweet 16 two years ago, some believed that his presence in the lineup threw off the Blue Devils en route to the 93-77 thrashing. Just a freshman, Irving had missed 26 consecutive games, yet rattled off 28 points that day in what would be his final game as a collegian. When Cleveland selected him first overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, Irving was instantly deemed the savior of a morbid Cavaliers franchise still dampened by the sting of LeBron's departure. Irving lived up to the promise, averaging nearly 19 points and five assists while earning Rookie of the Year, eerily similar -- and more efficient -- numbers to those James put up during his rookie campaign in 2003. The Cavs however, with a 20-something laden roster, struggled to find cohesion, finishing 21-45, good enough for dead last in the Central Division. While Cleveland fans may still reminisce about the days of LeBron, ...
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NBA Playoffs 2012: Utah Jazz Preview
SB Nation - almost 5 years
This preview is part of an SB-Nation hoops league-wide effort, so cruise over to the other playoff team blogs and check out some fantastic previews! And for more info on the first round matchup with the San Antonio Spurs, visit Pounding The Rock for their preview here! I really recommend it. They did a great job, and it's got the unified theme of Game of Thrones . . . which I don't follow so I don't understand it. Still. Click their link! The Utah Jazz by SLC Dunk Team Record: 36-30 How would you describe the Mighty Never Tanking Utah Jazz in the regular season? (yes, that’s their real team name) The Jazz exceeded ALL expectations, including my own dour ones for the team. The Jazz finished last season (aka. Trainwreck ’11) under Tyrone Corbin going a depressing 8-20. They had a lot of bad luck last year, and no one thought the Jazz were going to be this good – except perhaps the Jazz themselves. They won 36 games, despite missing two starters (Raja Bell ...
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Former Bear Ahearn signs with Utah Jazz
News-Leader - almost 5 years
Former Missouri State basketball standout Blake Ahearn is headed back to the NBA signing a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz and is expected to be in uniform for Wednesday night’s game at Houston. Ahearn, 27, played at MSU from 2003-07. He averaged 23.9 points in 37 games this season with the Reno Bighorns of the National Basketball Association Developmental League. He made 40.9 percent of his three-point shots and 96 percent of his free throws while also averaging 5.1 assists. The Jazz lost guards Earl Watson and C.J. Miles to injuries on Sunday and need help at the guard position. The 6-2 Ahearn has 15 games of prior NBA experience with Miami  and San Antonio. The St. Louis native is eighth on the MSU career scoring list with 1,677 points and holds the NCAA record for career free-throw percentage at 94.6 percent.
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Exercises In Futility:The 50 Worst NBA Rotation Players, 10-1 - Hardwood Paroxysm
Google News - over 5 years
-DC Earl Watson doesn't play much offense, so he's always described as a defensive specialist. But not playing offense is not the same as being great at defense. To my eyes, there are plenty of better defenders. This is where I admit that I made an NBA
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NBA Free Agent Frenzy Should Include Veterans, Leaders For Pacers - Indy Cornrows
Google News - over 5 years
I'd consider him, or any veteran point guard (Earl Watson?) a long shot for the Pacers unless they let AJ Price and his non-guaranteed contract go. Price could certainly be let go, especially if the Pacers are ready to go all in with Lance Stephenson,
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Latest on UCLA Hoops Recruiting - Scout College Basketball (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Wainright plays for Earl Watson's old AAU team, so Steve Lavin is hitting Wainright hard. Wainright's little brother, Amaad, attended UCLA's camp this last June, so the Bruins continue to make connections with the family. UCLA has offered
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Utah Jazz 2011-12 Depth Chart - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The Jazz will release him, keep Earl Watson, and sign Sebastian Telfair from the Minnesota Timberwolves. For only a small amount more in salary cap space, Telfair's averages last year of 7.2 PPG, 3 APG, and 40% 3-point shooting will be a much needed
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The Lost Season: The Seattle Supersonics, 04-05 - Hardwood Paroxysm
Google News - over 5 years
In 2005-6 the magic evaporated (along with Lewis and Radmanovic's game) and Chris Wilcox and Earl Watson became our third and fourth highest scorers. Then Allen got hurt and the wheels came off. The wheels were then reaffixed to the trucks that moved
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Earl Watson
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 36
    While Watson would make his coaching debut on February 2, 2016 at home against the Toronto Raptors, it wouldn't be until February 27, almost a month later, where he'd record his first win with the Suns at home against the Memphis Grizzlies, a team he had previously played under.
    More Details Hide Details He would then get his first two-game winning streak on the road as a coach with victories on March 4 against the Orlando Magic and March 6 against the Grizzlies respectively. After starting out the season with only one victory in ten games for February, he'd end the season with an 8–15 record the rest of the way, including ending the season with a 3–1 stint. On April 19, the Suns announced that they had agreed to a three-year deal with Earl Watson due to the positive nature he had that was instilled upon the team after he was first hired, making him the full-time head coach of the team. With his promotion to permanent head coach, Earl Watson is currently the second-youngest head coach in the NBA (behind only Luke Walton), being 36 when he first started coaching. Watson also became the first former UCLA Bruins player to become a head coach in the NBA, as well as the first NBA head coach of Hispanic decent.
  • 2015
    Age 35
    However, after a poor start to the 2015–16 season, the Suns fired coach Jeff Hornacek and replaced him with Watson as the interim head coach for the rest of the season.
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    He joined the Phoenix Suns as their new assistant coach on July 30, 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 34
    On October 2, 2014, Watson was hired as an assistant coach by the Austin Spurs of the NBA D-League, effectively ending his 13-year playing career.
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    Watson retired as a player on October 2, 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 33
    On July 10, 2013, he signed with the Portland Trail Blazers.
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  • 2010
    Age 30
    He signed with the Utah Jazz on September 26, 2010.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    He signed a one-year deal with the Indiana Pacers on July 28, 2009.
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    On July 17, 2009, Watson was waived by the Thunder.
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    On 16 May 2009 he married actress Jennifer Freeman and they have a daughter, Isabella Amora (October 16, 2009). In August 2010 they separated after Freeman physically attacked him; they briefly reconciled afterwards, but as of March 2015 are divorcing.
    More Details Hide Details During his coaching tenure in the NBA, Watson has stated he takes inspiration from UCLA all-time great John Wooden. Watson is also considered a supporter of the Amateur Athletic Union programs, saying that the right program and right people involved can lead towards more positive experiences for the people involved. He also claims that he likely would have never gotten a scholarship for UCLA if he didn't have the AAU around.
  • 2008
    Age 28
    On February 6, 2008, Watson recorded his first-ever triple-double in a game against the Sacramento Kings.
    More Details Hide Details Watson logged 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 32 minutes. It was Seattle's first triple-double since Ray Allen registered one on January 28, 2004, against the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • 2007
    Age 27
    In the 2007–08 NBA season, Watson averaged 10.7 points and 6.8 assists with the Sonics.
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  • 2001
    Age 21
    Watson was selected in the second round (39th overall) by the SuperSonics in the 2001 NBA draft.
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    Watson was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round of the 2001 NBA draft with the 39th overall selection.
    More Details Hide Details He played 13 seasons in the NBA with seven teams before becoming a coach in 2014. Watson is a graduate of Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas. In his senior year of high school he averaged 23.4 points, 8.3 assists and 14 rebounds per game. Watson was a starter in college at UCLA, at one point playing alongside future NBA All-Star Baron Davis. They were the first two freshmen to start at UCLA since the 1979 season. A four-year starter, Watson started the most consecutive games in the history of UCLA basketball. As a senior, He averaged 14.7 points (2nd on the team, 9th in the pac-10), 5.2 assists, (1st on the team, 2nd most in the Pac-10) 3.7 rebounds, .3 blocks, and 1.9 steals (most in the Pac-10, most on the team) per game. He earned All-Pac-10 First Team Honors.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on June 12, 1979.
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