The Phoenix Suns have fired head coach Earl Watson, after just three games into the NBA season. The Suns won 24 games last season and weren’t expected to do much better this season. They come in with a team that has at least 12 players on the roster. who’s 25 or younger. Which really makes me wonder what did the Phoenix Suns expect from Earl Watson?.
Watson firing puts him in the history books. As the quickest NBA head coach to be fired. He beat out former Los Angles head coach Mike Brown. Who was fired in 2012 after the team went 1-5.
Watson is a former NBA player. Who was drafted in the second round of the 2001 draft by the Seattle Supersonics. He played 13 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2014. After retiring he immediately took a job as an assistant coach for the Austin Spurs.
Less than one year later. Watson was hired as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns for the 2015-16 season. Watson worked under coach Jeff Hornacek who was fired in 2016 after Hornacek coached the Phoenix Suns to a 14-39 record.Watson was then named the interim coach for the remaining 33 games of the 2015-16 season.
The Suns went 9-24 under Watson but ownership still brought him back on a 3- year deal.The 2016-17 season was the first full season as head coach for Watson and the Suns went 24-58.
Now with just three games into the second year of his deal. The Suns release Watson and make associate head coach Jay Triano the teams new interim coach.
After reading these reports, I couldn’t help but wonder if this firing had something to do with more then just basketball. It’s hard to believe that the Suns front office took a look at this team roster and really thought they would do something out in the Western Conference.