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Earl Watson believes the Suns can still be a playoff team

Phoenix enters Friday’s game with the Lakers 6-16 on the season.

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The Phoenix Suns are second from the bottom in the Western Conference, just a game and a half in front of the cellar-dwelling Dallas Mavericks, BUT DON’T TELL THAT TO EARL WATSON.

Talking with ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the 37 year-old coach of the Suns isn’t ready to give up on the postseason and made it clear that the wise investment is in the development of young players, not a trade.

A couple of notable excerpts from the interview:

You said before the season, pretty emphatically, that you wanted to make the playoffs. Is that still a goal now, at 6-14 [now 6-16]?

“That's always my goal. There's a lot of time left. With a young team, anything is possible. Our veterans are who they are. The only room to go through is through the young guys. Their development is better than a trade. It can happen at any time. Dragan [Bender] is getting better. Marquese [Chriss] is getting better. Tyler Ulis -- we just have too many guys.”

So to be clear: Is the postseason still a realistic goal?

“Why not? We're like four games out.”

So there you go Suns fans. Coach Watson isn’t giving up, so neither should you. Click on the interview, it’s a good one. Lowe asks Watson about a variety of topics, marijuana, the election, flag burning, BARON DAVIS. It’s a good one, I wouldn’t steer you in the wrong direction. Enjoy.