The Bench Mob is officially broken up and the signing of C.J. Watson in Brooklyn ends a short but memorable era in Bulls basketball. Watson cleared waivers earlier Saturday and has agreed to a 2-year deal with the Nets.
His time with the Bulls will always be remembered fondly, but some may remember him for making a fatal error in Game Six of the Bulls opening round series in this year’s playoffs. But Watson was much more than that to the Bulls. Forget his shooting woes in the playoffs this year, that wasn’t C.J.
I had many chances to personally talk to C.J. and there wasn’t an unlikeable thing about him. That’s perhaps why he was such a great leader for the Bench Mob. While backing up Derrick Rose, Watson led one of the best benches in all of the NBA in the last two seasons and with him gone it’s truly time to move on.
In fact all of the Bench Mob that helped propel the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011 and to the league’s best record two years straight, is gone.
Watson was an instrumental part of the Mob but when the Bulls drafted Marquis Teague in this June’s draft, it spelled the end of Watson’s time in Chicago.
He’s now moving on to Brooklyn where he’ll back up another superstar point guard in Deron Williams. It will be Watson’s third professional team as he spent time with the Golden State Warriors prior to his time with the Bulls.