When the 2013-14 NBA campaign concludes for the Portland Trail Blazers, the 13-year NBA veteran point guard, Earl Watson, will have a difficult decision to ponder: Does he try for one more year of playing or enter the NBA coaching profession?
Just last offseason, according to a league source, Watson turned down an offer to be an assistant coach for a Western Conference team. He ultimately decided he still had something left in the tank. At the current moment, Watson, 34, will continue playing both roles for the Trail Blazers – coach and player.
Youngsters, Will Barton and Thomas Robinson, refer to the vet as the player-coach of the squad and credits him for keeping their minds right when buried in frustration over lack of playing time.
“He’s the one guy that I know that’s going to keep things in perspective,” Barton said. “He has a calming influence. When you’re young in this league, it’s good to have a veteran who has been down that road already. You can respect that, knowing he...