Mo Pete tuning out hometown trade rumour

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 11:43 AM ET

BOSTON -- Morris Peterson woke up yesterday to a phone call from his father.

Morris Sr., wanted to inform his son of yet another trade rumour -- which is no big deal, seeing that such talk has circulated about Mo Jr. all season.

But the latest report in the Detroit Free Press had the Pistons expressing interest in the seven-year Raptor. Peterson grew up in nearby Flint, Mich. and was a tried and true Pistons fan growing up.

Still, despite his dad's enthusiasm, Peterson did not let this latest rumour bother or excite him to any extent.

"I don't really pay that much attention to it. A rumour is a rumour to me, even if it's my hometown team," Peterson said, prior to last night's Raptors-Celtics game at the TD Banknorth Garden.

"I grew up watching the Bad Boys and all that, but it's just another rumour."

It's reached the point where, at least twice a week, a report surfaces of Mo Pete being shipped out of Toronto.

Peterson is in the final year of his contract and that, along with the fact that he is a dangerous outside shooter and responsible defensively, makes him a tradeable commodity.

But Peterson said that he refuses to let the rumours bother him, nor will he demand a meeting with general manager Bryan Colangelo to discuss the matter.

"I really haven't thought of talking to Bryan," he said. "We're trying to put together a winning atmosphere here in Toronto and that's what I'm focussing on and I'm pretty sure that's what he's focussing on."

Peterson said that being a veteran player has resulted in his developing a thick skin about rumours.

"I'm a veteran man," he said. "Mark Jackson, Oak (Charles Oakley), Kevin Willis and those guys schooled me. That's one thing I'm happy for, having played with those guys. They made everything a lot easier for me. They taught me the game, they taught me about being a professional early in my career."


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