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April 3, 2015 Updates

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.' " Yahoo! Sports

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. Yahoo! Sports

March 23, 2015 Updates

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. NBA.com

February 24, 2015 Updates

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. TMZ.com

October 2, 2014 Updates

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.” NBA.com

September 29, 2014 Updates

After 13 years, point guard Earl Watson will retire from the NBA to accept a coaching position with the San Antonio Spurs' NBA Development League affiliate, the Austin Toros, a league source informed Northeast Ohio Media Group. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has yet to make an official announcement. Cleveland Plain Dealer

September 11, 2014 Updates
May 18, 2014 Updates

Tony Jones: blazers guard Earl Watson is mulling whether he wants to play in the NBA next season, or retire and coach, league source tells The Tribune. Source says there's been no contact between Watson and the Jazz in regards to the coaching vacancy, but Watson definitely wants to coach Twitter @Tjonessltrib

May 17, 2014 Updates
May 16, 2014 Updates

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. CSNNW.com

Watson told CSNNW.com earlier this year that if he were to obtain a head coaching job in the NBA next season, he would reach out to Coach Hubie Brown to gauge his interest in exiting his ESPN color commentating gig to become his lead assistant. It would be similar to what Jason Kidd did by bringing on Lawrence Frank. CSNNW.com

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.” CSNNW.com

“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.” CSNNW.com

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