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Thorn Defends Loss of Abdur-Rahim

For the second straight summer, Rod Thorn found himself trying to explain the unexpected loss of an all-star power forward, this time Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Hours after rescinding the sign-and-trade deal that would have brought the 6'-9" forward to New Jersey, Net sources spoke of vain efforts to rework the deal and reduce the risk posed by a 12-year-old knee injury. Meanwhile, the Nets confirmed their next move will be signing backup guard Jeff McInnis.