|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 21, 2013 at 5:30 AM|
When players take questions about rumors, you usually get the same stuff. Like the responses below.
“I didn’t put too much emphasis on it,” Lee said, “Like I said, it’s all rumors until it happens. So when it happens, that’s when I start thinking and worrying about it. Nothing happened, so I was focused on Detroit and went out there and played that game. Now we’re focused on Washington.”
Bass remained fairly quiet on the subject, telling reporters at first, “I never heard anything about that,” when asked about the potential Houston deal.
Later, he commented on how he deals with rumors when they pop up.
“All those things are a part of the business. There’s no hard feelings against anyone, nobody. That’s just business. When anything goes down about anything, that part of it is not my business. I’m supposed to go out here every day and compete and try to get better,” Bass said.
Jared Sullinger, for one, was happy to see the rumors subside, as he felt it put both Lee and Bass in a tough spot earlier this week.
“I think our guys handled it well,” Sullinger said. “I thought it was kind of unfair. Pregame they had to answer questions about trade rumors, after the game [reporters] didn’t care if the Pistons won or we lost, they asked about the trade rumors. I thought it was unfair on them, constantly getting that brought up to them. But they handled it well. I thought that was them being a pro's pro.”
I feel for Brad Stevens, or NBA coaches who have to motivate their guys after rumors. I personally think I would be effected by rumors, but at the same time it's a game, so I know I would want to do my best at my job. Plus they're rumors, some rumors are true, and some are just made up by guys like Donny Marshall.