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So I'm hitting the net checking out the latest and I see a slug on saying that Brendan Haywood is out four to six months. The story has no attribution.

Problem is, you all read that in the Washington Post several days ago and, we broke the story about him having surgery in Thursday's paper. Hey, AP, if you ever broke a story on this beat, I'll give credit. Until then, please be a pro and give the proper credit.

You're better than that.

By Ivan Carter  |  October 16, 2008; 9:51 PM ET
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Posted by: MDBaller1 | October 16, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

You better man UP associated press! You better polish up that wire! We don't need that weak trash in here, gankin' peoples' beats without attribution...

Posted by: kwamesnani | October 16, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: VeCente115 | October 16, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: east side dave | October 17, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

i'm not gonna lie - this sounds like Ivan is drunk and looking for credit that is +/- meaningless to everyone else

Posted by: Peter | October 17, 2008 3:47 AM | Report abuse

p.s. this is a Wizards blog - i'd rather see Wizards news with every new post rather than media whining that has nothing to do with the team

Posted by: Peter | October 17, 2008 3:48 AM | Report abuse

But the Yahoo sports headline says he may be out for the year.

Ivan, please post a blog with your w-l projection.

I'd also like the see the bloggers post their own projections after you post, particularly those who know it all but never offer anything constructive.

Posted by: Izman | October 17, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

p.s. this is a Wizards blog - i'd rather see Wizards news with every new post rather than media whining that has nothing to do with the team

Posted by: Peter | October 17, 2008 3:48 AM

Go somewhere else then Peter, because this is Ivan's and Michael's blog.

Posted by: Anon 2 | October 17, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Ivan to AP: "You're better than that."

Yeah, well Ivan, you're better than that too. Everybody knows you own the beat. Don't stoop to the level of these AP clowns who acted like this was news.

Posted by: don't sweat | October 17, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

This is just another example of the eastern media elite (aka Ivan) pulling a fast one on the American people. We deserve the truth Ivan! Haywood broke the finger at home while trying to dunk with his character in NBA 2k9 right??

But seriously, attribution is warranted. Hopefully the wire will be updated to source you. If they don't, don't sweat it, just keep having a good time in Barcelona. There will be plenty more solid reports coming out of the Wiz Insider factory, I'm sure.

Posted by: Nick | October 17, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I just noticed the ESPN story and immediately thought, "well that's old news." good job ivan, they should've given you the credit, they just botched it i guess. and for the posters saying "he could be out for the season", ivan mentioned that before, as the regular season is about 6 months long.

Posted by: andy | October 17, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

your frustration is understood and welcome here.

i disagree with people who complain about your tangents. I'm all for it. it goes beyond mere reporting and makes you more like one of us. I enjoy reading the blog because i get this sense that you still geek out about hanging with the wizards, travelling a lot and realizing "dude this is my JOB." So keep the human aspect up. it makes this one of the most enjoyable news blogs around.

Posted by: Chris | October 17, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Unnamed sources...can't have that.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 17, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Commenters =/= bloggers

Posted by: just sayin' | October 17, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

"You're better than that."

No, ESPN is not better than that. That has been scientifically proven and confirmed.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 17, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

This post seems dumb. If Ivan breaks the story, and the AP reports the story relying on Ivan's story, then attribution would be appropriate. If Ivan breaks the story, and then the AP independently confirms the story through contacts with relevant people, then no attribution to Ivan is needed.
Are you claiming the AP didn't do any of their own reporting, Ivan? I didn't realize that you were such a Wizards Insider that no one else can get in.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 17, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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