Good Night, C.J. Watson
TUP went on record to predict bright things for freshly opened Bulls backup point guard C.J. Watson when he was acquired in July. Some of our favorite NBA scribes lauded the move, and it's easy to see why: Watson was productive in dystopian Golden State a season ago, and he comes to Chicago on a fair contract, with enough youth, and carries a sizable amount of upside. Talking yourself into the 2010 Bulls became everyone's favorite summer hobby post-The Decision, and C.J. Watson is part of the reason why.
Unfortunately for TUP (and, to an extent, C.J. Watson himself) it looks like this prediction will go south, much like our Great Grossman Love of 2007. This is because C.J. Watson probably won't be alive for much longer. Floyd Mayweather - boxer, rapper - has vowed to kill him.
The deets, from AOL Fanhouse, a company who knows a thing or two about domestic violence:
Floyd Mayweather is not a great person to mess with. I say this confidently. For one, Floyd Mayweather beats people up for a living, and does it quite efficiently: he has fought 41 times and he has won 41 times. Moneyball-level efficiency right there. Jeremy Brown-esque.
Also, Floyd Mayweather is very rich. If ever given the option to piss off a rich person or a poor person, the choice seems obvious, no? Here's how rich Floyd Mayweather is: in Forbes' list of the "Richest and Powerful Sports Athletes of 2010", Mayweather placed second at $65 million, trailing only the increasingly hilarious Tiger Woods. Not sure how Forbes calculated Mayweather's "power score", but TUP's sources say it likely fell somewhere between "Power" (low end) and "Power (Remix)" (high end). Fairly powerful, I'd say.
For his part, C.J. Watson has kept his mouth and computer shut. This noteworthy because C.J. Watson is, surprisingly, the most active Chicago athlete on Twitter. Watson has tweeted 5,941 times, or 4,457 more than I have. He also boasts over 319,000 followers. That's 238,000 more than Ozzie Guillen, 15,000 more than Kristin Cavallari, and 253,000 less than Pee-wee Herman. Pee-wee Herman puts up numbers.
What we do now: wait. Mayweather can strike at any time, and only fools would anticipate a warning. Just know that one morning you will wake up and C.J. Watson will already be gone. 'Tis why we are eulogizing him right now. Wonder how many Twitter followers he'll lose after he dies.
And to combat the loss of their backup point guard, the Bulls will trade for Kirk Hinrich. Everyone will be sad.