Well, this morning's apparently false (update: now there's more conflicting accounts on this?) rumor about Jerryd Bayless demanding a trade made me sit up in my seat a little bit and realize that the internet, even on the verge of 2009, does still has a credibility problem.
During warmups on Tuesday, JB was smiling and talking about the team's holiday party; postgame he was smiling and giving people the Ari from Entourage shoulder rub. This guy was supposedly demanding a trade? Really? Yet, still, I initially gave the report the benefit of the doubt. I trust people not to completely make crap up.
Sadly, that post ended up drawing more commentary than Dave's treatise on statistics. Which is a damn shame.
This all reminded me of NBA Legend Kevin McHale's quote from a few days back that essentially blamed the world's ills on bloggers.
"I think you're going to see more and more shorter term stuff in our league," he said. "Just because the access now, there's so much media availability and everything else."
"There's just so many bloggers; everybody's got an opinion. There's all kinds of stuff going on. Sometimes that starts forming the opinion of people in front offices, too, and owner. It's been kind of a crazy year so far."
Credibility. It's a big deal, especially on the internet. Vote in the poll and then let's chat in the comments about how the Internet is doing and whether it's actually affected NBA management decisions.
-- Ben (email@example.com)