NEW YORK — If a writer can’t get an easily checkable, exceptionally vital fact correct in a prickly news story markedly rampant with purportedly contentious conversation between a coach and his players and his bosses, why should we accept anything of import as being accurate?

A couple days ago, a Tacoma News Tribune byline story alleged coach Nate McMillan is fuming — at having to play an up-tempo style. Fuming, despite the fact his Sonics are 9-8 minus the inclusive unavailability of injured All-Star Ray Allen and top draft choice Nick Collison (12th pick in last June’s draft), the traumatic effect on Rashard Lewis following his brother’s death and the team’s 26th ranking in experience.

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