Scott Bordow: I can tell you this: Watson and Bledsoe got along well. Bled appreciated Watson’s belief in him as a player and a man.
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“When I first got here and Eric Bledsoe was shooting, everyone was intimidated to even rebound for him because he was so hard on himself and vocally loud about it,” Watson said. “Today he’s over there shooting and everyone wants to be around him. He’s such a positive person now.”
Bledsoe said he also was helped by a book Watson gave him to read called, “The Carpenter, A Story About the Greatest Success Principles Of All.” “It’s a pretty good book,” Bledsoe said. “It tells a lot about life. Of course it’s different work but things go hand-in-hand. You treat a person the right way and you get the same respect given back to you.”
“Management decision. I don’t think any coaching staff would hold Bled out,” Watson said, via Hoops Habit’s Gerald Bourquet, of benching Bledsoe for Wednesday night’s 107-101 loss to the similarly tanking Sacramento Kings. Asked if the DNP was a one-time thing, the second-year coach added, “I think if you talk to a lot of veteran reporters they can kind of tell you the answer to that question.” It’s the same tact Watson took when the Suns sat Knight and Chandler. “I’m not changing it unless management changes it,” he said at that time. “I have a boss and my boss has a boss, so whatever comes from up top is what’s going to happen. And right now, that’s not even part of our equation.”
That emoji is “unamused face,” and it came soon after the Suns shut him down for the season with what’s being called left knee soreness. He could have meant to use a sad face emoji over some new revelation about his injury status, because he has had several season-ending knee injuries and conceded to recent soreness, but Bledsoe had played all but one game this season. After not seeing the end of 2014 or 2016, it must be frustrating to see another season end abruptly, injury or not.
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Ryan Wolstat: Devin Booker wins the three-point shootout with 28, beating Klay Thompson and Tobias Harris. Klay had 25
Derek Bodner: Devin Booker: “My preparation was none. My rookie year I stayed at the gym extra, shot off the rack a lot more. This time I just got here, practiced right before I went out there and ended up coming out with the win.”
Mark Medina: Klay Thompson on if he will play 3-point shootout in Charlotte next year. “Maybe. We’ll see. It’s a long ways away man. Just trying to get through the weekend.” Steph expressed uncertainty earlier this week, too.
Chris Dempsey: Jamal Murray wants to participate in it again. “I want to do the skills again. It’s a fun event. A lot of people want to pass over the skills and just go to the dunk contest or the 3-point contest. But to watch it and be in it are two different things. It was a lot of fun.”