In the Gary Sussman/Marco G. farewell post, someone (sorry I'm not giving you proper credit!) linked to this article from CBS Sportsline:
The focus of the short article, if you don't feel like reading it, is a small anecdote from an assistant to a general manager, asked to help negotiate a contract for a certain player. That assistant found that the GM he worked for didn't even know how to use Google! The assistant surprised his GM with the knowledge that said player had torn his ACL some years back, a fact readily available to anyone with the ability to do a simple Google search.
Net Income mused that maybe the GM involved was none other than Rod Thorn himself, and that the multiple references to Travis Outlaw might not be accidental. Of course, I'm sure Net Income is just making an amusing guess and has no real way of verifying it. But it got me thinking..
Who signed Travis Outlaw anyway?
It must be Rod Thorn, right? Well, wait, not so fast. In the off-season, there were many reports following Travis' signing that Travis was "Avery's guy". Avery loved him. This kid could be a starter in the NBA, said Avery. He gushed.
There's also this: HoopsHype.com, a site that wonderfully collects information on every kind of transaction, salary, you name it, they have it if it concerns goings-on in the NBA. HoopsHype lists every general manager, and chronicles their best and worst moves.
No where on that list is a record of Rod Thorn signing Travis Outlaw. He traded Yi for Quentin Ross. He drafted Uzoh and Zoubek. He traded for Morrow and signed Petro. But no Outlaw.
It wasn't Billy King. It wasn't Rod Thorn. Was it Sean Marks?
Or was it Avery Johnson? You decide.