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Interview — Utah Jazz's Earl Watson on laser healing, being a bulldog

Excerpts from a media interview Saturday with Jazz guard Earl Watson.

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Watson on leaving the team and going to Los Angeles to receive laser treatment on his sprained right ankle: About 15, 20 years ago, [Michael Sheps] he invented this laser to heal almost anything without surgery or any break or tear. He's the only one who has the machine. He invented it and he created it, and I thought it was a good chance to get there and try to get this done immediately.

Did it help: Yeah, it helped amazingly. After the first session … swelling went out. He's really good at what he does.

Status vs. Lakers: I'm not one to be a mystery. I'm going to play until they say I can't play. So my goal is to get my mindset ready to come out and play, and play the way I play and help my teammates try to get a win.

Being in pain after the injury: Yeah, I could barely walk. … I had four sessions with [Sheps]. We went twice a night, then we went twice early in the morning. Then I flew back here in the afternoon.

Leaving the team when he did: I'm all about preventative and he's the only person who had the machine. Problem solving. You know me, I hate sitting out. So it sucks … the injury that I had against the Lakers at the end of the game, the injury against Clippers. It always has to be an L.A. team out of all the other teams. And my teammate, too. I don't know if my teammates really love me like that. [Laughs]

Team, coach Tyrone Corbin being OK with him leaving: Yeah, I asked. No one's ever heard of this guy so it's kind of like, 'Oh, OK. Like, yeah, if you think it works. He's amazing. He's incredible. He's helped me throughout my whole career. … His laser penetrates 10, 15 inches deeper than a normal laser.

Watson jokes about taking a class at UCLA with Matt Barnes entitled "Health and Sports": After the midterm, they had an F, but they ended up getting a B on the final.

Jazz surprised about his quick turnaround: I don't know. I think they think I play through pain. They don't believe me. They're like, 'You're sure you're not hurt?' I'm like, I don't know. I don't feel no pain. They think I'm going to play, regardless.

Why was he so frustrated after the Clippers game: I was frustrated about the injury. Me, sometimes I get in situations where I feel like I can still play. I didn't get a chance to play, but it probably was best. I've always been like that. [A coach] can probably tell you a ton of stories where you try to kick me out and I sneak back into practice. It's just who I am. Once you start competing, the energy level goes to a whole 'nother level and I really hate losing.

Like a bulldog: Bulldogs are lazy. [Laughs] Listen, I had a bulldog. I had two of them, right? It slept. The dog would eat, it would come lay on under my legs and just fall asleep and start snoring. [Slobber] everywhere. So I'm like, how's that parallel, what's the reference to me and a bulldog? Their teeth are like really small and crooked. Crooked so they can't really bite anything. I've never seen my bulldog fight anything, anyone. It ran from the sprinkler system. It would run from the vacuum. I don't know? Maybe because we're both bowlegged. That's the only comparison. Other than that, I don't get it. But if the fans want to roll with it, I'm cool.

Brian T. Smith

Twitter: @tribjazz



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