Maybe the reason why the Lakers didn’t sign former UCLA star Baron Davis as a backup point guard recently was because they knew something that other NBA teams didn’t.
The Charlotte Observer observed something else when reporting on why Davis, now a member of the New York Knicks, wasn’t in uniform when playing Charlotte’s Bobcats on Wednesday night.
From USA Today’s “Game On!” blog (linked here), the explanation of why the Observer referred to a “herniated disc” as something far more serious had to come from the newspaper’s damage-control team. In this case, from executive sports editor Mike Persinger (linked here):
“Observer reporter Rick Bonnell wrote the preview box, and in it he wrote that Davis, a former Charlotte Hornet, is recovering from a ‘herniated disc’ in his back. The box was edited by an experienced copy editor, the reporter’s first line of defense, and moved along in the production process as written.
“The next stop was a final read by a second editor, another experienced employee who recognized that ‘herniated disc’ doesn’t conform to the newspaper’s style for that type of injury, and that it should be ‘herniated disk.’ That editor tried to type in the correction, but ended up with an unfortunate typo.
“Because part of that second editor’s job is to send stories to the typesetter, the typo was moved along without another set of eyes to catch the error, and that led to what you saw in today’s paper. And no doubt to a lot of snickering.
“Baron, get well soon.”
Davis tweeted out: “Thanks Charlotte Observer for announcing my new injury. Still able to workout with it. Lol.” He added: “That was a joke people. Excuse the person from the Observer who made a Typo. I was Just having fun. My Goldmember is not herinated. Lol.”
Reader response to the typo on the Observer website included:
From mfrost503: “At least the typo wasn’t made with a bulging disc.”
From Parker Ciambrone: “They say ‘Please refrain from profanity, obscenity’ in the comments, but they can put it in the paper?”