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Earl Watson
Earl Watson
Position: None
Born: 06/12/79
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Watson — who spent 13 seasons in the NBA — revealed his college status in new legal docs filed in his custody war with his ex, actress Jennifer Freeman … who famously starred as Claire Kyle on “My Wife and Kids.” Long story short … Watson claims Freeman wants him to fly out to L.A. for the summers to spend time with their daughter, even though he doesn’t live in L.A. anymore. Watson says he’s got a job (assistant coach on an NBA D-League team) and he’s going back to school to get his bachelor’s degree … so he’s not exactly free to fly across the country.
Watson, 35, now serves an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs’ Development League franchise in Austin. He makes $30,000, a far cry from the $1.7 million veteran’s minimum he could have made this season had he continued to play. The Spurs had initially called Watson in July about a coaching opportunity, but he was still undecided about retiring from playing. After helping bury his brother on Sept. 6, he finally called the Spurs and arranged to interview for the position.
For years, Earl Watson’s older brother encouraged him to retire from the NBA and pursue a second career in coaching. Watson, a respected veteran guard in the league, knew he wanted to eventually coach, but wasn’t quite ready to give up playing. His career would go on to last 13 seasons, taking him from Seattle to Memphis, back to Seattle, to Denver, Oklahoma City, Indiana, Utah and Portland. Not until the day after burying his brother Dwayne Hooks – who died on Aug. 30, 2014, as the victim of a shooting in Kansas City, Kan. – did Watson take his advice. Hooks “used to say, ‘Earl, if that’s what you want to do, do it,’ ” Watson said. “He said, ‘Earl your entire life you’ve helped the family and took us to a place where we would never be financially.’ He said, ‘Now it’s time for you to do what’s best for you. We’re good. You don’t have to keep playing for us. Do what your heart tells you do.’ ”
For Watson, it’s the first step of what he hopes is a long career. And not a bad option for Plan B, considering how well Plan A worked out. Watson hopes that maybe one day, when he’s long retired, an aspiring player will knock on his door to talk about life. “I’ve always been the smallest player, and for me to last 13 seasons in the NBA, I had to be a coach on the court,” Watson said. “I wasn’t going to outplay or outshoot other guys, so I had to outthink them. That’s been my game since the second grade, and that’s what I’ll teach.”
At the end of the 2013-14 season, Watson’s named was brought up as a candidate for Utah’s head coach. That job went to Quin Snyder, who coached the Austin Toros from 2007-10. Snyder’s lead assistant, Brad Jones, coached the Toros for two seasons and led the team to the 2011-12 NBA D-League Championship. So Watson took an offer to come to Austin and gain coaching experience. Working with head coach Ken McDonald, the Austin Spurs have sent three players – JaMychal Green, Bryce Cotton and Jarell Eddie – to the NBA this season while posting a 31-14 record to lead the Southwest Division.
An L.A. mansion owned by former NBA player Earl Watson was robbed Monday night by at least 4 men in ski masks — who handcuffed the occupants and ransacked the place. While 35-year-old Watson owns the $4 million Encino home, he currently rents it out to a local elderly couple. Officials say the men — at least one of whom had a gun — broke in through a back door and once inside, they handcuffed the couple and stole various items … including cash.
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The Austin Toros today announced that Earl Watson and Jason Fraser have been hired as assistant coaches. Watson and Fraser join current head coach Ken McDonald and assistant coach Mike Miller on the Toros bench. “I’m thrilled with the addition of Earl and Jason to our staff,” said head coach Ken McDonald. “Both have valuable basketball backgrounds and will bring depth and experience to our group.”
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“I’m definitely pulling for Earl to get the job,” Jazz forward Gordon Hayward told CSNNW.com via phone Friday morning. “He’s a great guy and has a great basketball mind. If he did become our coach and I got to play under him, it would be great because I know how hard he’ll work and prepare us. He’s a true professional and I think no matter where he ends up, he’ll be a great head coach in the NBA.”
Brown, who loves Watson as if he were his own son, said if things materialized in that fashion, he would have to entertain Watson’s proposal, but said it would have to include little, to no traveling due to him getting up there in years. “I’m 80 years old and I’ll be 81 in September, but I wouldn’t mine doing the practices at home,” Brown told CSNNW.com. “You never know what could happen. He is a top professional. He has a high IQ, very coachable and very bright. He doesn’t miss a thing. He’s very inquisitive. He sees things, but picks his spots. I always say that he was one of the toughest kids to ever play for me. He’ll make an excellent NBA head coach.”
Watson, 34, played three seasons as a member of the Jazz and immediately became an organization and fan favorite. He is viewed by numerous NBA executives as one of the few current players capable of making a smooth transition into the NBA coaching profession shortly following retirement. The soon-to-be coach admitted during Friday’s exit interviews that the Utah job attracts him, and he already has the endorsement of Utah’s electric wing stud.
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After the Portland Trail Blazers fell to the San Antonio Spurs 103-90 on Wednesday night — losing their fourth straight game, which happens to be their longest losing streak of the season — the players had a post-game hash-out session that was initiated by Damian Lillard, CSNNW.com was told. Earl Watson, Mo Williams and Dorell Wright were amongst some of the players to vocally address what was going on and what needed to change from here on out, we’re told. “I just felt like it was something that needed to be said,” Lillard responded when ask why he initiated the dialogue. “At some point, it’s up to the players.”
If he does decide to retire during the upcoming offseason and is offered a head-coaching gig, the first call he’s going to make is to Hall-of-Fame coach Hubie Brown, offering him a job as his lead assistant. Brown, 80, hasn’t coached since the 2004-05 NBA season and he is currently an accomplished color analyst for ESPN and ABC. Watson, who gets with Brown every summer to steal some plays, believes he’ll have a shot at luring Brown away from the television camera. “I think I can get him out [of retirement]” Watson said. “Just to help me through that first year would be huge. I love him and he loves me.”