Earl Watson wanted to play. As a 33-year-old who's been in the NBA for 12 seasons, the veteran point guard knows his playing days are numbered. That's why he's willing to put on his Utah Jazz uniform and take to the court no matter what percentage number is placed on the health of his beat-up right leg. Seventy-five percent? 85 percent? 99.99 percent? It doesn't matter to him. Watson's mind and heart are at 100 percent, so he was ready and raring to get back into action Saturday night despite dealing with bruised bone and a stress fracture in his lower right leg. Though that moment came for Watson in the first half Saturday, if you gave him truth serum, the tough player would even fully admit his leg isn't all the way healed. Doesn't matter. The competitor inside of him wants to be out there.
Veteran guard Earl Watson gets what he wants — playing time
Salt Lake Tribune | Feb 10