HABOOB

Who you got? Cardinals’ J.J. Watt torn between Suns, Bucks in NBA Finals

Jul 6, 2021, 1:25 PM

Arizona Cardinals football player JJ Watt, center, cheers on the Phoenix Suns during the first half...

Arizona Cardinals football player JJ Watt, center, cheers on the Phoenix Suns during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

It’s always hard to pick a side when your heart is in two places.

Especially when it comes down to a championship game or series.

Do you go for the team you rooted for growing up, or roll with your current squad?

Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt is right in the middle of the conundrum this NBA Finals due to his loyalties to both Arizona and Wisconsin.

Born 22 minutes outside of Milwaukee in Pewaukee, Watt called Wisconsin home from the get-go. He would eventually play college ball at Wisconsin before being drafted 11th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.

This offseason, Watt took his talents to Arizona, agreeing on a two-year deal with the Cardinals.

The defensive end has made it his mission to fully immerse himself into the Arizona sports scene, rocking local team gear during interviews and attending both Phoenix Mercury and Suns games.

“I’m obviously a big believer of kinda diving all in,” Watt said following voluntary OTAs in June. “We’re all in this thing together. … I’m very excited to be here and be a Cardinal and part of Arizona and try and build something special.

“I’m going to go to the Suns games, I’m going to be on board with the Suns. The Mercury, I’m excited about them and I’m excited just to be here and to be in the community.”

No matter how the Finals shake out, things could be getting a little awkward for the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Whatever you do, J.J., don’t buy a half-Suns, half-Bucks hat.

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Haboob

Manager Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks looks on from the dugout during the ninth inning ...

David Veenstra

Mentalist performs ‘magic’ on Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and pitcher Drey Jameson

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo invited a mentalist and magician to perform magic in front of his team to lighten the mood in the clubhouse.

4 days ago

Zebras...

Haboob Blog

Zebras at the Lovullo house? Diamondbacks’ summer party a bonding experience

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo hosted D-backs players and staff, two zebras, a llama, a cow and goats on Monday. 

5 days ago

Arizona State football head coach Kenny Dillingham...

Ryan Pasiecznik

A ‘Goofy’ prank: Kenny Dillingham makes Arizona State players plank for College Football 25

Arizona State head football coach Kenny Dillingham had players plank to win EA Sports' College Football 25. They won A Goofy Movie instead.

6 days ago

2024 NBA Finals rooting interest by state...

Haboob Blog

State of Arizona rooting for Celtics over Luka Doncic’s Mavericks, according to social media data

We in Arizona are over the 1976 NBA Finals won by the Celtics. Or maybe Phoenix Suns fans just really hate Luka Doncic and the Mavericks.

14 days ago

Anthony Edwards #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during the fourth quarter against the Dal...

Haboob Blog

Suns fans show Anthony Edwards the receipts after Mavs blow out Wolves

After the Mavericks blew out the Timberwolves, Anthony Edwards got roasted for once roasting the Phoenix Suns for a similar loss.

20 days ago

Kyler Murray at an Arizona Diamondbacks game...

Haboob Blog

HOW many tendies?! Cardinals O-line ate its way through a Diamondbacks game

A much better offseason narrative: The Arizona Cardinals' offensive line can house baskets upon baskets of chicken tenders.

20 days ago

Who you got? Cardinals’ J.J. Watt torn between Suns, Bucks in NBA Finals