Consider this a friendly reminder not to believe everything you read, especially if it’s information attributed to “a source.”
Sure, we’re happy to present these reports and rumors, because professional sports are about entertainment. And, hearing what a player or coach may candidly think about a situation can make for some interesting discussion. Just don’t take these things as gospel unless you hear something directly from the person involved.
Our latest example comes from Klay Thompson (via Stephen Curry), whose name came up repeatedly as the Warriors were deep in trade talks with the Timberwolves about a possible trade for Kevin Love. Ultimately, Golden State decided Thompson was a better fit, and eventually Minnesota went shopping somewhere else.
Thompson was reportedly less than thrilled that the Warriors even considered dealing him, but we now learn that wasn’t the case — because this time, the declaration essentially comes from Thompson himself.
The Bleacher Report article quoted an unnamed source who claimed Thompson was ticked off that the Warriors seriously considered trading him to Minnesota for Kevin Love.
“He jokes about it a lot,” Curry said. “I don’t know if he reads a lot, but people guess how he feels or his emotions, and he handles it really well. Somebody said he was pissed off about the trade rumors, and he showed me the link. He started laughing, like, ‘What are they talking about?’
“He knows the game and what could happen every offseason. He handles it well. I don’t think it affected him with Team USA, and I don’t think it will affect him going into our season.”
This is in no way meant to disparage the original report, which undoubtedly came from a source the writer trusted. It’s simply worth noting that people often times have their own agendas, and reasons for putting information out there that may not be completely accurate; this appears to have been one of those instances.