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'The NBA guy'

He was a quality point guard as a senior at Tennessee in 2005-06 but he wasn't ready to play in the National Basketball Association. By 2008-09, however, he was good enough to start 18 games for the Golden State Warriors.

So what did C.J. Watson gain between '06 and '08 that enabled him to find a home in The League? "Just the mental toughness and focus," he said during a break in Monday night's Rocky Top summer league action. "You have to be ready to compete every night." You have to compete every night for 82 games, in fact. That's quite an adjustment for a guy accustomed to a 32-game college schedule. "It was... Recommended Stories