HoopsHype Earl Watson rumors

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It came as a surprise although it wasn’t something Watson ever wondered about his friend, saying he "never even suspected it." However, Watson called Collins "the perfect person to lead this" and to help "those who are like him or those who are afraid to come out." "I think he’ll stand in front of any barrage of media questions and answer everything with clarity," Watson said. "I think some guys, certain guys, wouldn’t have the clear understanding of how to explain their situation and at the same time communicate the obstacles going through it and the avenues where you can actually reach people." Salt Lake Tribune

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Watson, who injured his right knee late in the 2012 season and rehabbed throughout the offseason, was uncertain about his plans for next year. “I don’t know, I don’t know,” he said. “It’s a long way from now. The first thing is to get healthy. My main thing now is getting healthy, because if I can’t contribute 100 percent healthy, I’d rather contribute doing something else.” Deseret News

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Watson played for Brown for three seasons in Memphis, back when Watson said he "didn’t know anything about the NBA, I was just a blank canvas. His influence has, I guess, cultured me, and made me the man I am today." The two usually talk about family, Watson said, and basketball. But Watson has more specific things to discuss with Brown these days. "This summer, though, I want to spend time with him in New Jersey so I can get his philosophy on coaching strategy," Watson said. Salt Lake Tribune

The reason? Watson knows his playing days are numbered. He said he likes to have a plan two or three years out, and by then, he knows it could be time to transition into coaching. "I want to get everything," Watson said. "As much as possible. Because he’s a wealth of knowledge, and you can only get better when you put yourself around people who are better." Salt Lake Tribune

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DeMarre Carroll: Future coach: "It's probably got to be Earl Watson. He always goes in with us in the second unit, and we're a young second unit. He's always trying to come up with little nicks and nacks that we can use. He's helped me. The biggest thing with me, he just tells me that I'm so athletic and I should run and get easy baskets, because for my size I'm one of the fastest guys in the league." ESPN.com

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An autographed jersey hangs on the bedroom wall, along with a poster-sized picture of McKaila Steffes’ favorite Nuggets player. Included in the collection are smaller photographs and dozens of newspaper clippings – compete with box scores – that McKaila and her brother Wyatt carefully cut out during the 2005-06 NBA season. Earl Watson spent less than five months playing for the Nuggets, but his legacy in the Steffes household will last a lifetime. “One thing I will never forget about McKaila is her smile,” Watson said. “Her smile was so big and so genuine. No matter what she was going through, you would never know it was a struggle.” NBA.com

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Jazz point guard Earl Watson told The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday he continues to make progress during his rehabilitation from April 17 right knee surgery that repaired a torn medial meniscus. "Rehab is rehab!" Watson joked. He acknowledged, though, he may not be cleared for full action by the time training camp starts in October. "At this point, I’d say no," Watson said. Salt Lake Tribune

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Earl Watson could’ve been anywhere. His hometown of Kansas City, Kan. His second home of Los Angeles. Europe. A private island. Wherever millionaires who are paid to play a game go when the regular season ends and the second season begins. Instead, Watson spent last week with the Jazz in Orlando, Fla. Unable to play. Not officially in uniform. But watching, laughing and hanging with Utah’s Summer League team, wearing a gray Jazz practice T-shirt and long basketball shorts as if coaches Scott Layden, Sidney Lowe and Jeff Hornacek would soon call his name. Salt Lake Tribune

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Brian T. Smith: Earl Watson was wearing a Jazz uniform while walking in the locker room on crutches. Rare to see a player do that. Says a lot about Watson. Twitter

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Jazz guard Earl Watson said Friday if Sacramento forward DeMarcus Cousins wants to start something again with a Utah player, the Kings big man should pick him instead. "You can quote me on that," said Watson, prior to tipoff against Denver. The small but fiery veteran didn't play Thursday during the Jazz's 103-102 against Sacramento. But he proudly watched Utah guard Devin Harris stand up to Cousins, coldly eyeing the moody forward during an in-game confrontation and never giving ground. Salt Lake Tribune

During a day when the Miami Heat took a team photo wearing hoodies to show support for Trayvon Martin and New York forward Carmelo Anthony showed off an image of himself wearing a hooded sweatshirt, Watson changed his main Twitter image to a photo of him wearing a white hoodie. Watson on what provoked the change and his thoughts about Martin's controversial death: I've been following it as much as I could and I started to follow it on Facebook. If you don't catch the news and just ask a question [on Facebook], people answer. And I heard an audio tape — it was sad — of the shot and the shooting and being on the phone with the police. You could hear the kid in the background screaming for help. 'He's going to kill me, I'm about to die. Help, help.' You hear that one shot. [Pop.] And then it was silence. So I see it on Facebook, cause I guess the kid had on a hood or something and he had some Skittles and an iced tea. Salt Lake Tribune

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