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CJ Watson
CJ Watson
Position: -
Born: 04/17/84
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Earnings: $23,756,506 ($26,426,740*)
C.J. Watson carved out a 10-year NBA career with not just talent but also an ability to overcome odds and tune out doubters. So whenever the former Bulls guard encountered skepticism for his latest dream, he’d answer every “Why” with a “Why not?” That dream? To create children’s books. Watson, 36, has now published two titles: “CJ’s Big Dream” and “CJ’s Big Project.” The first came out last November, the second in March.
“It was just a random idea I had to challenge myself and try to push myself,” Watson said in a phone conversation. “I want to try to continue to be an inspiration. Playing in the NBA is an inspiration to kids. But I wanted to continue to offer kids knowledge and tell my story through books. Kids are the next generation of leaders. They’re the next entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers. Some kid will grow up to be President. I just wanted to try to share some gems and drops of knowledge. I want to try to propel little boys and girls and let them know it’s OK to shoot for their dreams and to dream big.”
Watson spent hours on the phone over a six-month period with Newhouse, sharing his stories and his vision for the project, which is scheduled to include at least one more title. They are based on Watson’s upbringing in Las Vegas, where he first experienced doubts for his NBA dream. “These are true stories,” Watson said. “I made it to the NBA after growing up in the inner city and not having the same resources or same chances as some. Growing up, seeing graffiti, abandoned houses, drugs, gangs, it can be discouraging. But I had a great support system that kept me focused on my goal.”