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Hinkie, 37, does not have a reputation as someone who does in-depth, sit-down interviews. So, just how hard was it to get him to do this one? “Incredibly, incredibly hard,” Torre said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “It was one of those things where, it’s weird. The upshot, I think, for a lot of people is kind of what you hinted at – that they kind of get what the 76ers are actually trying to do, especially behind the scenes. But to Sam, he’s one of these obsessive – you might call him neurotic; I don’t want to get too pejorative – but one of these obsessive guys who’s ironically consumed with winning. So one of the things he does not want is for the market to shift underneath his feet and for people to sort of realize (that) maybe what the Sixers are doing isn’t so insane after all, and maybe we should be competing with them in all of these different avenues that they’re perusing.” CBSSports.com

“In fact,” Torre said, “one of the ironic things about him is that you might say, ‘Well aren’t you bothered by all of this (negative) press?’ And one of the approaches that he takes is, let everybody talk while we’re working. He wants to get away with his entire plan with as little interference as possible. If people think he’s silly and he’s stupid and doesn’t know what he’s doing, that’s honestly to his advantage. (Within) the league, there is a certain kind of moral repulsion. People don’t like the fact that teams aren’t prioritizing winning. That seems like an affront to what sports are all about. CBSSports.com

February 15, 2015 Updates

It’s unlikely Hinkie would look to trade any of the team’s young core, such as Jerami Grant, K.J. McDaniels (though McDaniels will become a restricted free agent after this season), Robert Covington, Tony Wroten, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams unless a team meets his asking price. An NBA source said he expects the Sixers to make a few relatively minor trades, but that they probably won’t happen until closer to Thursday’s deadline because that’s when teams get serious. The Intelligencer

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Derek Bodner: Talk to anybody in the NBA who is familiar with Hinkie and they will readily acknowledge his scouting background. He's always on the road. Twitter @DerekBodnerNBA

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"He might have an IQ of 150, but [Hinkie] doesn't seem to realize you have to deal with these people over and over," one league source said. Could Hinkie have misinterpreted or misunderstood the alleged agreement with the Nets, who wanted to satisfy the desire of Kirilenko - a favorite of Russian team owner Mikhail Prokhorov - to become a free agent? "No," said another source. "I think he started thinking he can just hold onto him and use him at the trade deadline in a package to get something." Philadelphia Inquirer

According to two sources, the Nets told the Sixers that Kirilenko would not report and wished to become a free agent. Brooklyn had other trade options that would have worked out just as well or better if Kirilenko had been willing to play. Those sources insist the Sixers agreed to release Kirilenko but did not. "That's 100 percent accurate," one source said. "[The Nets] clearly believed there was a handshake deal." Philadelphia Inquirer

That's fine, but sources around the league indicate that Hinkie is also gaining a reputation as someone with whom other teams are leery of doing business. There is always reason to question the motivation of sources, and Hinkie's analytical approach to the game does represent a challenge to the old-boys club's way of operating. But not living up to a handshake agreement, if true, would be a bad way to build relationships. "General managers like to call each other and talk, but nobody wants to talk to Sam Hinkie. Nobody trusts this guy," one source said. Philadelphia Inquirer

December 22, 2014 Updates

The coach said general manager Sam Hinkie will pick the addition to the roster. A team source said that former Sixer Malcolm Thomas is among the candidates. The power forward was waived on Nov. 10. At the time, he had to have knee surgery that sidelined him four weeks. Philadelphia Inquirer

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Billy Cunningham doesn't know the 76ers' general manager, Sam Hinkie, other than to have a casual conversation. But the former Sixers great admires the architect of the Sixers' long-term rebuilding approach. "I tell you what, I tip my hat that they have the fortitude to try it," Cunningham said. "I don't think I would have had the fortitude to try it." Philadelphia Inquirer

November 2, 2014 Updates

Former 76ers coach and all-time great player Doug Collins is hoping general manager SamHinkie’s methods eventually produce a winner. “It’s a little painful for me right now to be a former Sixer, see the losses and all,” Collins said. “When I left I talked to [team owner] Josh Harris and I said regardless of what you’re going to do, stick with the plan. You can’t switch in midstream. If it gets painful, you’re going to have to ride through it. I felt they were going to blow the team up and start all over again. “Michael Carter-Williams was the Rookie of the Year. Nerlens Noel looks like he has a chance to be a high-energy, active defender, shot-blocker, rebounder. I don’t know if he’s ever going to be a big-time scorer. [Joel] Embiid, can he get healthy? The [Dario] Saric kid overseas, all the draft picks. There’s pain that goes with that and that’s why I said I have a lot of respect for [coach] Brett Brown. Boston Globe

October 29, 2014 Updates

That carte blanche to construct a team as he saw fit, with an eye for elevating the Sixers to a place among the NBA's elite for a generation, ultimately persuaded Hinkie to take Harris and Blitzer up on their job offer. They'd gone all in on the myth of Andrew Bynum's greatness and been burned, and Hinkie's vision held substantial and familiar appeal to an ownership group whose fortune was made over time in the private-equity market. It was the difference between the lifetime benefits of a healthy diet and the immediate pleasure of a sugar rush. "The more I would talk to people about things I saw, those people would say, 'A lot of the building blocks are in place,' " Hinkie said. "You have a city steeped in basketball tradition, a big market, an ownership group committed to winning at the highest level, an ownership group that's smart and patient and willing to make investments over the long term and all the things that have been proven to drive success. . . . Owners aren't everything, but they're the first thing, and in some ways they're the most important thing." Philadelphia Inquirer

October 28, 2014 Updates

The Sixers already scored their biggest win of the season when NBA owners failed to pass draft lottery reform last week. The team with the worst record will still have a 25 percent chance at getting the top pick and cannot drop lower than fourth. Hinkie isn't swayed even though his method has been nicknamed "Tankadelphia." "A lot of it is, where does your self-worth come from," Hinkie asked. "Do you need people every day telling you you're doing well? Do you need the masses every day telling you that they agree with you? Or do you have some higher purpose in mind?" Hinkie says he does. He's betting his career and the team's future that the Sixers can hit the championship jackpot with a bunch of winning lottery tickets. USA Today Sports

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