Notice the difference in how two outlets handled Joe Dumars’ statement on Richard Hamilton.
"Rip and I had a great conversation,” Dumars said about a 20-minute chat after practice. “He’s the last guy that I need to worry about competing. He’s been a warrior here for a long time, and I trust him as much as anybody on this team. Rip is our captain, and I love Rip Hamilton."
On the other hand, Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News (emphasis mine):
"He’s the last guy I need to worry about competing," Dumars said through a Pistons spokesperson. "He’s been here for a long time and I trust him as much as anybody on this team. Rip is our captain."
I don’t care much about the slight wording differences in the quote. That will happen.
But there’s a significant difference in how I understand the quote based on its delivery. Dumars standing in front of a group of reporters and declaring his fondness for Hamilton carries much more weight than Dumars having a spokesperson do it for him.
You may disagree and think it makes no difference.
But at least Goodwill gives us all the relevant info and lets us decide for ourselves.
*To be fair, a later version of Ellis’ article clarified Dumars “said in a release after practice.”
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