Nothing seemed unusual, other than Booker was walking the wrong way as he tried to find the court. But even if that marked yet another teaching moment for a young star, Watson hardly complained how that captured the millennial generation’s literal lack of direction. Watson, who starred at UCLA from 1997 to 2001, views things differently. “This generation is very intelligent, socially aware and very deep,” Watson said before the Lakers hosted the Suns on Friday at Honda Center. “They don’t get a lot of credit for that. You have to be authentic. You have to know your stuff when you teach it.”
Suns guard Archie Goodwin was at the forefront Wednesday when he scored the Suns’ final six points, including a game-winning dunk that ranked No. 3 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 behind former ASU golfer Mathias Schjoelberg’s trick shot and a four-goal NHL debut by Scottsdale’s Auston Matthews. That still does not move Goodwin to the forefront of the Suns’ backcourt picture, where the depth also limited his chances in each of his previous three seasons. “I can only control what I can control,” Goodwin said. “I’m just staying positive. Whenever my name is called, I’ll try my best to be prepared and play the best I can because you never know what will happen. I’ll stay positive and be the best teammate I can. When I tend to focus on all the outside, it affects me as a person.”