PHOENIX SUNS

Coach Earl Watson holds Suns in California for mandatory yoga session

Nov 7, 2016, 2:09 PM | Updated: 6:11 pm


Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson is holding the team in Southern California for a beach yoga session on Monday.

After Sunday’s 119-108 loss to the Lakers, the Los Angeles times reported that Watson was focused on the team’s mindfulness, something that he holds as an x-factor for winning games.

“It’s a spiritual connection,” Watson said. “You just gotta be a yogi to understand. A lot of times we come to the huddle we tell guys just find your breath. Relax.”

The Suns’ last win came on the road in New Orleans after defeating the Pelicans in a stunning 112-111 overtime victory.

To Watson, the win came down to the’s team yoga-influenced mentality.

“That backdoor play that we beat New Orleans with, that’s straight mindfulness,” Watson said. “I don’t take credit for that win, the guys they created that moment, they created that play. Mindfulness is also understanding that you’ve seen us in many games, we’re down and out we have a chance to win the game.”

Watson and the Suns spent the offseason bonding over yoga sessions and spin classes.

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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) with guard Jordan Clarkson (6) watching during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. The Lakers won 119-108. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young (0) defends against Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley (3) going to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) jumps to take a shot over Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, dunks over Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Los Angeles Lakers guard Lou Williams, left, drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (21), of Ukraine, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) shoots over Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler (4) and forward Jared Dudley (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, right, competes for the ball with Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

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