Earl Watson admits he’s a bad loser

After Wednesday’s loss to Golden State, Earl Watson said he absolutely hates to lose and that no loss is easier or more difficult to accept.

Before Friday’s game teammate Marvin Williams said Watson was indeed cranky during Thursday’s practice.

I noticed that about Earl probably the first day of training camp,” he said. “He doesn’t take losing lightly. I don’t care if he loses by one point or loses by 100.”

Watson didn’t deny the charge.

I’m the worst, man,” he said. “I’ve gotten better over time. Jerry West helped me out, he told me I couldn’t be the way I used to be, especially when I was younger. I told him he’s exactly the same way and he just started laughing at me.”

Watson was seething after Friday’s 116-114 loss to the Clippers, who won their 16th straight.

The Jazz had a chance to win in the final seconds, but referees didn’t call a foul which would have sent Randy Foye to the free throw line for three shots.

“(The loss) sticks with you but that’s one thing about the league, you get another one in a day or two,” Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley said.


About Jim Burton

Jim Burton has worked for the Standard-Examiner since 1991. He has covered everything from the preps to Utah, BYU, Weber State and the Ogden Raptors. Currently he is the Standard's Utah Jazz beatwriter and its sports columnist.
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