Being J.J. Watt is great for a lot of reasons. Besides the obvious – being rich, athletic, good looking, ETC… – there’s also the fact that Watt never has trouble finding some guys to play a pick up game of basketball with should he ever want to hit the court.
Anyone shooting hoops in Houston today?—
JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 11, 2016
Within no time, Watt was at Root Memorial Square Park (according to the Houston Chronicle) being drafted No. 1 overall – to nobody’s surprise – among the attendees onto one of the pickup teams. Watt was greeted with shock when he walked up to the courts at Root Memorial Square Park.
“He just walked up with a ball like anyone else,” said the 17-year-old Cormier, Jr., who is going to be a senior at Westfield High School. “We were all like, ‘Is that really J.J. Watt?’ Then, we just started playing.” Damon Cormier Sr., made himself captain and picked teams. “J.J. was the No. 1 pick, for sure,” Cormier Sr. said.”
apexx_sinner (@CormierDamon) June 12, 2016
After his stop at Root Memorial Square Park, Watt headed to play with another group that had responded to his tweet. This time, it was at Houston fire station No. 9.
“One of our guy’s girlfriends saw J.J.’s tweet about playing ball and responded to him, telling him that the boys at the 9 are always playing basketball,” firefighter Paul Portis said. “He just pulled up and had a basketball with him, and said, ‘You guys ready for some hoops?’ I think everyone’s jaw just dropped.” Portis said Watt stuck around for about 45 minutes playing ball, and he fit in just like one of the guys. “He was just a regular guy,” Portis said. “I think all the guys were kind of in awe. There wasn’t a whole lot of conversation during the game, just a group of guys playing hoops.”
So folks, the lesson here is, if J.J. Watt tweets asking if somebody’s around to play some hoops, he’s not messing around and might be coming to a court near you real soon.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.