Utah Jazz guard Earl Watson is the epitome of a baller, and a prime example of the success that is a direct result of having the dedication and determination to excel on the court and use basketball as a means of creating a better life.
Watson recently posted this poem on his facebook account, paying homage to the game that he loves:
He loves you for the fame but to me it is more than just a game!
I met you when I was lost! Slept with you for the lessons you taught!
I know you’re not loyal but I fell for you!
No words spoken till the 2nd grade, all day I was dreaming of your brown face!
Adolescent years under the moonlight I cried as I told you my darkest secrets!
You used my energy from my nightmares!
When Eric died you was right there!
Held you while I prayed for strength telling my confessions! I cried when you loved other guys! Unfaithful but I always took you back!
F#*k it I love you there’s no looking back!
Always on my mental I can’t sleep! To keep her forever I may never know!
I got divorced because of you! Saying I was always with you! Now because of you, love doesn’t live here!
I’m lying please come back here!
What if I never met you? I would have been dead before 22!
You took me places I could only dream of! I’m addicted to your love, how else could I explain being distant from my daughters love!
I met you broken under the shade! I gave you my life at a young age and now I can’t leave your face!
I killed me trying to love you!
Heartbreaks more than mountain peaks! I should have known I met you in the inner city streets!
I love you and I will never be the same! God used you to save my life!
I would love you if there was no money or fame! Hoop, I LOVE this GAME! #realLOVE&BASKETBALL
Full disclosure, I’ve known Earl since I was a little kid and got the opportunity to play with him my freshman year at UCLA, and dude was one of the hardest workers and greatest natural leaders that I have ever seen(t).
Watson has parlayed his love for the game into a 12-year NBA career, and has the distinction of scoring the first points in the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise history.