If you are a true, hardcore
stalker fan of the newest Indiana Pacer Earl Watson, then today's links is a gift from above. For the rest of you who just want to get to know the backup point guard, here are a thousand links (give or take) to find out all you need.
None of the stories, however, shine any light on why on the Pacers are reporting that Watson signed a multi-year deal, while the Indianapolis Star is still claiming it's only a one-year, $3 million contract. Not sure if the buyout that Oklahoma City gave Watson is causing confusion or if Mike Wells' sources aren't giving the full story, but I'm surprised this hasn't been resolved yet.
Mike Wells reports on the Watson signing, focusing on the defensive attributes that Watson brings to the team and to his new coach. WISHTV provides a video interview the nine-year veteran here.
- AP story on the Pacers adding depth to their point guard position.
- The Pacers provide a short video interview with Watson immediately after his press conference. Looks like the Pacers nabbed another media savvy player, and he's a snazzy dresser. Always have to give credit for the digs.
- Bruno checks in with an inside look into Watson's past and present basketball career. He notes that Watson is focused on winning and making the playoffs, since he hasn't been there since he played with the Memphis Grizzlies in 04-05. Bruno also touches upon the Jonathan Bender unretirement story.
- JMV interviews Watson on 1260 WNDE.
- Our own Man of Pace has an interesting FanPost about whether Watson will earn the starting point guard spot over T.J. Ford. Watson did start for the Thunder in 07-08 and was the opening night starter in 08-09 before falling out with management over the team's direction.
- In other Pacers news, Indy Sports Nation talks with Mike Dunleavy about his long recovery process from surgery.
- NESN examines the past two weeks of negotiations between the Celtics and Pacers as they try to resolve the Marquis Daniels sign-and-trade.
- And this wouldn't be a proper daily links without the latest news on Jamaal Tinsley. After today, he'll be able to sign with whichever team he chooses, and that appears to be with old friend Donnie Walsh in New York. As long as Walsh offers him a deal, Tinsley will sign on the dotted line, according to the New York Daily News.