Earl Watson spoke candidly about his tenure as head coach of the Phoenix Suns, which began on an interim basis in February of 2016. “To be honest with you when I took over as interim, management and ownership told me I would not be taking over the team permanently," said Watson on ESPN's The Hoop Collective. "So I think that was the first sign for me that no matter what was going to happen it was going to be short so make an impact and leave an imprint that whoever takes over and wherever they go … you left it better than what you found it. For us that was player development, creating a certain belief in young players.”