Gary Sussman has been very good about keeping Net fans apprised of GM Ed Stefanski's travels as he scouts prospects for this June's draft...and beyond. "Travelin' Man", as Sussman calls one of his bosses, has lived up to his nickname.
The list can hardly be complete, since the Nets' interests are a trade secret, but here are some educated guesses, based on what Sussman has written and who shows up on mock drafts.
"Where in the World is...The Travelin' Man....New Rochelle's Lauer has nothing on our Philly legend...the GM will be in Rome, Belgrade, Athens, Vienna, Zagreb, Bologna and Frankfurt over the next week looking for his latest gem... will have a very difficult time in finding a cheesesteak...."
Ante Tomic, KK Zagreb
Rudy Mbemba, Opel Skyliners
"Travelin' Man...Returned from China with a stop in San Fran for the West Coast Regional...said he loved the spring rolls in Bejing..."
"Extra Duck Sauce, please...The Travelin' Man venturing to the Far East to scout...he's hoping for a Thursday General Tsao's Chicken special to help with the food budget..."
"Travelin' Man....Nets GM attended both the Pac 10 and Big 10 tourneys this past week...his cholesterol as well as his family life are taking a beating..."
"BMOC…Travelin’ Man talking to all the coeds this week…took in Florida/Tennessee…and sees Texas/Texas A&M on Wednesday…says his eating has been ugly at best…this will upset the wife…"
In addition, Stefanski toured Europe in December, making stops in several European basketball hubs...Here's who we thought he was looking at then:
Tim Ohlbrecht 6-11 220 SF/PF Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany) 1988
Rudy Fernandez 6-6 172 SG Spain 1985
Ricky Rubio 6-3 175 PG DKV Joventut (Spain) 1990
Alexis Ajinca 7-0 210 PF INSEP (France) 1988
Marco Belinelli 6-6 200 SG Climamio Bologna (Italy) 1986
Nicolas Batum 6-8 210 SG Le Mans (France) 1988
Yannick Bokolo 6-4 180 PG/SG Le Mans (France) 1985
Dusan Sakota 6-10 220 SF/PF Panathinaikos Athens (Greece) 1986
And of course, we have to assume that Stefanski, jet lag and all, took in the NCAA East Regional contests at his home, aka the Continenal Airlines Arena, where there was no shortage of first round talent: