Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A few folks have asked me what became of Darryl “Mookie” Watkins. Turns out the former Paterson Catholic and Syracuse University big man is on the summer league roster of the Los Angeles Clippers. Watkins is averaging 4 points and 3 rebounds in three games with the Clips, who drafted Indiana freshman guard Eric Gordon with their lottery pick.
Watkins played briefly last year with the Sacramento Kings, scoring 13 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench in a preseason win over Portland, drawing praise from Kings coach Reggie Theus for his efforts.
“Darryl Watkins gave us a big boost down the stretch,” Theus said. “It’s important to have that inside presence.”
The Kings ultimately let Watkins go and he ended up in the NBDL.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.