The Detroit News handles Joe Dumars’ quote better than the Freep does

Notice the difference in how two outlets handled Joe Dumars’ statement on Richard Hamilton.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press*:

"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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