From the EditorA back-page sports article on Nov. 1 [“As the NBA Season Begins, Spurs, Heat Seem Likely to Lead the East, West”] gave a preview of the NBA season. The column should have attributed the prediction that the Spurs Antonio Spurs would not win 70 games because Coach Gregg Popovich would not let them waste their energy to ESPN.com analyst Marc Stein.
The writer read Stein’s column in the course of his research and failed to properly attribute the statement. The section editor was aware that Stein’s predictions had been used as background, but did not realize the extent of the similarity. In this case, the missing attribution should have been corrected during the editing process.