We all talk a lot about NBA general managers and the decisions they make. When players get mega contracts out of nowhere -- also known as "pulling a Travis Outlaw" -- we immediately question the sanity of that GM. What were they thinking? Don't they get it?
Well, this little anecdote from TrueHoop yesterday might give a little insight into the world of GMs. Maybe they don't get it. Why? Because at least one out there doesn't even know how to use Google.
I got a phone call from another with this story:That was part of a larger piece illustrating today's NBA being much like the baseball world depicted in "Moneyball." Old versus new, and all of that. Some NBA front offices have entirely embraces advanced metrics such as the Rockets, Thunder, Blazers, Spurs and Bucks, but others are still out there trying to figure out how to Google something.
I was asked to get involved in a negotiation with a certain player. I did a little homework on the guy, and then went back into the GM's office, and asked how we should handle the guy's injury history, specifically a torn ACL that had kept him out of the league for a year-and-a-half.
"He tore his ACL?" asked the GM, sounding surprised. "Where'd you learn that?"
I told him I had just googled the guy.
This was in the last couple of years.
He said "ok, you're going to have to show me how to use this google thing."
Another current NBA general manager is not comfortable using any device with a keyboard.
Question is, which NBA executive doesn't know how to Google? By process of elimination, I think I'm down to Rod Thorn, Joe Dumars, and of course David Kahn because why the heck not. Maybe the better question is, what player could that be -- Shaun Livingston? -- and what teams did he sign with post-ACL? Maybe it's the Clippers and Elgin Baylor, a prime candidate, who were looking at bringing Livingston back? Oklahoma City was the first team to sign Livingston post-knee injury and we know Sam Presti knows how to Google. Livingston went to Charlotte after that and before Rich Cho it was Rod Higgins.
Whatever the case, there's an NBA GM out there -- or was -- that doesn't know how to use Google. And you wonder why players like Travis Outlaw get the contracts they do.