One of the key unspoken rules of the NBA is that players keep any negative comments or stories behind closed doors and don't talk about them to the media. The media often harshly judges players and some reporters are often on the lookout for stories that can paint the biggest stars in a negative light to garner attention to their pieces.
So it's no surprise that Chicago Bulls youngster Patrick Williams earned the annoyance of DeMar DeRozan when he found out that Williams had accidentally revealed that he was late to shootaround and had been fined by the team. DeMar suggested that he would have to have a conversation with Williams and let him know that he shouldn't be speaking about these things to the media.
"He said that? I gotta tell him not to say that to the media. He's tripping. He got to learn. God damn, why'd he say that? Shit."
DeMar went on to elaborate on how veterans deal with these situations when young players are late or behave in a way that is frowned upon by the team.
"You get on them, but then at the same time, you turn it into a joke. But you definitely get on them. I said something to him, and then after that, we turn it into a joke."
Young players need to understand that the media can be unforgiving at the highest level. The level of fame and wealth NBA players enjoy comes at the cost of every action being constantly scrutinized. Having a player like DeRozan to navigate this is a huge boost for Williams as he looks to make his mark on the league.
Williams is in his second year in the NBA and considering that the Bulls have been quite good this year, is enjoying an excellent education in terms of what it takes to be successful in the league. With more experience, he is sure to only get better and savvier going forward.