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The time George Karl decided to float a crazy trade rumor just because

Feb 10, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

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It’s my annual warning this time of year — when you hear a trade rumor think, “which team would benefit from that going public?” Usually that will lead you to where it was leaked. And no team is going to make a trade unless it benefits them — both sides need to see it as a win for a trade to happen (whether or not all of us on the outside think it’s a win, the team may).

A lot of rumors this time of year have little to no basis in reality — one team likes an idea and it gets floated publicly to see if that will help it gain some momentum. And some are just made up out of thin air.

Don’t believe that some are just made up? Look at what Nuggets coach George Karl told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

He admitted he once had a contest with coaching pals to see who could get an outlandish rumor into the newspaper first.

“We make up some trade that never was proposed in 100 years and suddenly it’s on ESPN,” he said, smiling.

And here’s the thing — if you’re a reporter and you get a rumor from George Karl (or any NBA coach or assistant coach) that’s a very solid source and you might well run with it. Even if it makes no sense, you got it from the coach.

So again, just be skeptical the next couple weeks. There will be trades — hello J.J. Redick — but when you hear a rumor this is a good time to start of cynical and go from there.

  1. cakemixa - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    How about that one time this guy posted an article and misspelled a well known coach’s name every time?

  2. shzastl - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Carl?

  3. bigfatpaulie27 - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Pretty sure he spelled it right

  4. shzastl - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Yeah, it’s been corrected now.

  5. thekingdave - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    The crazy thing is, Helin actually sounds like he somewhat knows what he’s talking about and deserves his position when on radio. In blog form, not so much.

    • saint1997 - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      yeh sort of. Sometimes he shows a bit of bias (anti Knicks etc., pro Heat etc.) and could follow his advice a little more. However I get as a blogger he is meant to show his opinion and you are right that he does make some good points

  6. goldstar4robotboy - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Was this an aggressive auto-correct, or did Helin repeatedly brain-fart?

    • phaden27 - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Business as usual is the term I believe.

  7. 00maltliquor - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Soooo….what exactly was the rumor and who was allegedly involved? Jordan for Wilkins and Willis? Payton for Stockton? Carmelo for a whole bunch of Knicks? (no, that really happend….) I would LOVE to know, Kuert Hellen (< see what I did there…).

  8. davidly - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    I heard a crazy rumor about a four-way deal between the US, Saudi Arabia,Turkey, and the Colombia whereby the latter gets nuke-tech from the US who sends drones to Saudi Arabia who ships oil to Turkey who in turn sends via Colombia a yet to be named illicit substance to to be packaged with more of the same to go back to the US.

    • davidly - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:58 AM

      Oh, crap, people probably think I’m trolling because I forgot to mention the hoops related factor: Apparently Colombia gets exclusive rights to Sofía Vergara and the Wizards get somebody from Fenerbahçe in the Turkish league.

      Sorry for any misunderstanding.

  9. mogogo1 - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Honestly, having the coaches make stuff up is a million times better than having the bloggers and reporters make stuff up and pretend it’s true, which is how it works most of the time.

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