‘I am going nowhere’: David ‘Tintin’ Watts pledges future to Manchester Giants

By Sarah Brook

David Watts insists he is going nowhere as first-year BBL boys Manchester Giants continued their fight for the play-offs.

The BBL-new-boys were dealt another blow on Sunday evening after a delayed journey down South saw them lose to seventh-placed London Lions 81-64.

Giants now face an uphill battle to make the top eight but Watts admitted he will stay in Manchester regardless of the outcome at the end of the season.

“Personally speaking I don’t want to go anywhere,” the England international said.

“I love playing for this team and I love this city and I am here for the long run, if they will take me back of course.

“People will move regardless whether we make play-offs. It’s the nature of pro [sic] sport, as we have seen throughout the season with the number of departures.”

After a puncture on the road left Giants with little time to warm-up, Watts took the blame for his team’s poor performance and said he should have done better.

“I think I am responsible as I wasn’t a factor at either end of the floor. I didn’t lead at all and I let the guys and Jeff down,” the forward said.

“I turned down shots I would usually have no problem shooting and made bad decisions with the ball.

“We gave up far too many points in the first quarter and Lions took advantage of us walking off the coach and straight onto the court – we simply couldn’t recover after that.”

With next weekend off to prepare for a tough match against top-of-the-table Leicester Riders in two weeks time, Watts believes his team should not lose faith and keep their play-off dreams in sight.

“We don’t need miracles. Focus, execution and intensity on defence will get us there. We have to put in the work in the next two weeks and pull together,” Watts added.

“We have shown on several occasions what we are capable of and with the greater challenge that we now face I’m sure we can pick up the pace.

“Adversity reveals character and we have plenty of that.”

Picture courtesy of Jack Hinds Photography, with thanks.

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