HoopsHype Sam Hinkie rumors

July 31, 2014 Updates

League sources said Wednesday afternoon that the Sixers would not get any sympathy from fellow franchises. That's because for the second straight season, the Sixers are expected to field a roster below NBA standards in order to guarantee losses in hopes of a high draft pick. This tactic, said one Eastern Conference executive, is having "a negative effect on the integrity of the NBA." He believes the proposed new format, which could come to a league vote in the fall, would go a long way in preventing teams from duplicating what the Sixers are doing. Philadelphia Inquirer

The NBA Competition Committee has yet to determine whether it will recommend altering the draft lottery as early as next season in an attempt to dissuade teams like the Philadelphia 76ers from deliberately fielding a non-competitive roster in order to acquire a high draft pick, a change reportedly being pursued by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, according to a league source. USA Today Sports

The 76ers did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday, but a team source said it's "a stretch" to say the club "strongly" opposes changing the lottery odds. "But no team ... that is unlikely to compete for the playoffs would want this. Right?" The proposal "gives more incentive for mid-level teams ... to not stretch for the playoffs," the source said. That's a "tough message on parity." USA Today Sports

July 21, 2014 Updates

Hinkie will generally explain his reasoning after the fact, but steadfastly refuses to tip his hand. The hiding, the silence, it's strategic, of course. "I've been careful, too careful maybe, about trying to not keep the spotlight on me," Hinkie said recently, declining to discuss his upbringing in depth. He doesn't believe his candor would help the 76ers, and he sees little value in rehashing the "Opie Taylor" stories of his youth. "It's not the kind of thing I'm focused on," he said. "I don't have anything to hide, but prefer to shine the spotlight on others." USA Today Sports

Sam, meanwhile, grew to become best friends with the little girl next door, Kimberly Hampton. They were both outstanding students, successful amateur athletes and remained close long after the Hinkies relocated to Marlow, a tiny town about 70 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, when Sam was 10 and his father was promoted to a position that brought him home. Sam had one sibling, who was seven years older. One morning, just weeks after the move, in the midst of his senior year of high school, Bill Hinkie picked up a 12-gauge shotgun, according to public records. Sam Hinkie declines to discuss his brother's death. USA Today Sports

After the tragedy, Hinkie threw himself into schoolwork and athletics, eventually starting at defensive back and point guard for the Marlow High football and basketball teams. He'd often show up at the gym more than once a day, and with whatever spare time he had left, started a lawn care business. He graduated valedictorian. Hinkie once told a classmate at the University of Oklahoma that his exceptional drive stemmed from the fourth grade, when he received a "B" and promised himself it would never happen again. USA Today Sports

While in Houston, Hinkie convinced Rockets owner Leslie Alexander that he could help the NBA franchise improve its decision-making by using more objective analysis. He worked part-time for the Rockets while he finished his graduate work in California, flying back and forth to Houston one day each week. Hinkie's childhood friend, Kimberly Hampton, also was supremely motivated, intelligent and pioneering. As a college senior, she became only the second woman to serve as ROTC battalion commander at Presbyterian College, and went on to become an Army helicopter pilot. On Jan. 2, 2004, Hampton was killed in action in Iraq. USA Today Sports

It's Friday, three days before Carter-Williams is officially named the NBA Rookie of the Year, and Hinkie, his basketball operations staff and scouts are gathered from around the country, wrapping up a week of intensive meetings with a celebratory dinner. Hinkie will return to work at 6:30 the next morning. He often gets by on four hours of sleep a night, and he still has to pack for Sunday, when he'll leave for a week-long scouting trip in Europe, where he'll wake up in a different bed each day. Within the next two weeks, Alison will give birth to twin boys, the couple's third and fourth children. Hinkie will travel to Chicago and Denver, and the Cleveland Cavaliers will beat long odds to win the top overall draft pick in the NBA lottery in New York, dropping the 76ers to third. Hinkie will tell reporters there that in the last 21 days, he's spent just 18 hours at home. USA Today Sports

July 20, 2014 Updates

Hinkie will generally explain his reasoning after the fact, but steadfastly refuses to tip his hand. The hiding, the silence, it's strategic, of course. "I've been careful, too careful maybe, about trying to not keep the spotlight on me," Hinkie said recently, declining to discuss his upbringing in depth. He doesn't believe his candor would help the 76ers, and he sees little value in rehashing the "Opie Taylor" stories of his youth. "It's not the kind of thing I'm focused on," he said. "I don't have anything to hide, but prefer to shine the spotlight on others." USA Today Sports

July 9, 2014 Updates

Q: With taking Joel Embiid (sidelined probably for year) and Dario Saric (at least 2 more years in Turkey) do you look at Brett Brown at some point and maybe apologize? Sam Hinkie: I think Brett and I have been in lockstep so far. We really have. Behind closed doors he and I talk a lot about our program, and where it needs to build and where to find value in the kinds of decisions that are easy and the kinds of decisions that are hard, and really what the end in mind is. We talk about that a lot. I try to talk about it with lots and lots and lots of humility because we've got a long way to go. But it's important that we don't take our eye off what it is we are trying to do and how to get there. We have all sorts of pressures all the time - that voice on your shoulder, the frustration that crops up. We want to do what's best for the future. Philadelphia Inquirer

Q: Is this a tough sell to other people in the organization, like ticket sales people and other people who could be in jeopardy of losing jobs because there aren't fans in the stands? A: I talk to those people and we try to be really helpful and Scott O'Neil and I are close and talk a lot about the things happening with our team the things happening with our business folks and all of those matters. But we talk more about what really matters and what has lasting value and how to really get where we want to go. We talk about all the other things, too. But when you really weigh it up at the end of the day you have to figure out what weight to put on various things, and at the end of the day we keep asking ourselves the same question: 'What will give us our best chance to get where we want to go as fast as we can.' Philadelphia Inquirer

July 8, 2014 Updates

"This time of year, there are way more [offers] leaked than real, and way more postured by one team or another than there's any legs to. We are involved in a lot of conversations. We are not involved in as many as has been reported," Hinkie said Tuesday before the Sixers' 92-71 victory over the Houston Rockets at the Amway Center practice court. Philadelphia Inquirer

June 27, 2014 Updates

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