HoopsHype Sam Hinkie rumors

July 8, 2013 Updates

The first week of free agency is in the books, and the Sixers have not been major players. "We've been active with a lot of the agents behind the scenes," Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said. "With a lot of the other teams, as you can imagine, there's a lot of discussions going on this time of year. "But, yeah, we weren't knocking on any doors on midnight on the first [of July.] That's for sure." Philadelphia Inquirer

July 4, 2013 Updates

With the Boston Celtics hiring Brad Stevens, the 76ers are the lone NBA team without a head coach. But Sam Hinkie, the Sixers new general manager, wouldn’t give any insight Thursday about the team’s coaching search. “This is the time where we are in the middle of two-a-days right now for our summer league,” said Hinkie, following a morning practice at Central Florida. “This is the first of two practices. That process, I don’t have any particular updates for you.” Philadelphia Inquirer

June 30, 2013 Updates
June 28, 2013 Updates

Sam Hinkie, the 76ers general manager, denied a New York Daily News report that his team has decided to hire San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown. "Nothing of that substance happened happened I could tell you," Hinkie said around 1:15 a.m. Friday following Thursday night's NBA draft. "We had a lot of things going on. That was not part of what happened in the last several hours." Philadelphia Inquirer

June 26, 2013 Updates

While attention in Philadelphia is focused on the future of free-agent center Andrew Bynum, none of his rivals would be surprised if Hinkie used this week to begin a shakeup. Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes would be the Philadelphia veterans who would draw the most interest, depending on Hinkie's yet-to-be-defined preferences. SI.com

June 25, 2013 Updates

Bynum did not receive an enthusiastic endorsement from new general manager and president Sam Hinkie at his introductory press conference in May. "I think of Andrew like the thousands of other young men walking around the world that are unrestricted free agents that have potential to play NBA basketball," Hinkie said. "He is one of those. I'm duty bound to consider them and look at them. All of them." Lee laughed off the comment. "I read that Sam considers Andrew one of 3,000 players trying to make it into the NBA," Lee said. "I assume Sam's going to lunch with 3,000 people." Associated Press

June 24, 2013 Updates
June 20, 2013 Updates

The 76ers have decided not to hire a head coach before the June 27 NBA draft, but that might not be as risky as some think, an NBA source said. The reason is new general manager Sam Hinkie, said the source, who asked to remain anonymous. "I know Sam, and he's a really sharp guy," the league source said of the former Houston Rockets executive. "He's got a plan in place. Whether or not he's going to share it with everyone, I don't know. "He knows the game and how it's played. I have to assume that things will fall into place." Philadelphia Inquirer

June 10, 2013 Updates

Bebe is on the rise after an outstanding adidas Eurocamp in which he validated his surprising season showing maturity and focus. He dominated the competition showing great mobility, length and energy. Sixers GM Sam Hinkie was in attendance and it wouldn't be a surprise to see Bebe climb up to this spot considering the Sixers need for an athletic defender. HoopsHype

June 8, 2013 Updates

According to two sources with knowledge of the 76ers' search for a coach, Sam Hinkie, president of basketball operations and general manager, probably won't name a coach until after the June 27 draft. One Houston-based source said Hinkie "will probably find a coach after the draft." The source also said that Hinkie believes that the coach "is secondary in the process because [Hinkie] will have an idea of what type of players" the Sixers will need to select. Philadelphia Inquirer

The source also said Hinkie would probably not be interested in hiring recently fired Denver Nuggets coach George Karl. Karl, 62, one source said, is a great coach, but Hinkie "would probably be more interested in a younger coach" who will grow with a relatively young team. Philadelphia Inquirer

Meanwhile, another source with knowledge of the situation confirmed a report earlier Friday that Hinkie might consider Miami assistant coach David Fizdale for the vacancy. "I can only say that he seems like the type of guy that Sam would be interested in," a source said. Fizdale also serves as the Heat's director of player development. Philadelphia Inquirer

June 7, 2013 Updates
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May 21, 2013 Updates

The 72-year-old Brown is an old-school coach who is not sold on the heightened focus on advanced statistics in the NBA. "I'm not that kind of guy," Brown said when asked his opinion on the hiring of new Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie. "You're asking the wrong guy. This is not baseball. Guys hit better during the day than they do at night. You have lefties and righties. But this is not baseball. In this league, it's about teaching players and making them better." Philadelphia Inquirer

However, Brown said he does not rule out the role of analytics in building a better basketball team. "All the information, I'm sure, helps," Brown said. "But at the end of the day, this is a basketball town. They love kids that play hard, play together, play smart. And the best way to tell that about a kid is to look him in the eye in the most crucial moments of a game. That tells you so much. "But you have to give this a chance," added Brown, who expressed disappointment that former GM Tony DiLeo was let go. "But the Sixers' new owners have put a lot of money into this program, so you've got to give it a chance. Hopefully it will work out because this is a great basketball community." Philadelphia Inquirer

May 20, 2013 Updates

Will Hinkie use the same methods he employed as executive vice president of basketball operations for the Rockets? Or will he do things his way, emphasizing some stuff the Rockets did and ignoring others? "I think we just need to be opportunistic about the things that come along," Hinkie said. "There, we had a particular focus, at the time, on trying to get a star player. So we made moves that were consistent with that. "I think here there's a lot to be determined before we decide exactly how we will attack it. But I think whatever we decide, I would hope - if not every move - almost every move is consistent with that." Philadelphia Inquirer

May 17, 2013 Updates

While analytics plays a huge role in how he envisions the game and how he wants to improve a team, it is not the only asset he relies on. That is why he goes to the rookie workouts every year and why he is a regular at summer leagues, so he can witness the talent firsthand, not just through numbers and charting sheets. And just as he was enamored with playing the game, the 35-year-old still can't get enough. "I think it's really important in how you see the world, through anywhere, that if you want to be really good at something, it's when can't you get enough," he said. "When you get to the end of the workday, do you say, 'I'd rather go do this' or when you get to Saturday morning, do you say, 'I'd rather do this'? Thinking, 'I have my job but there's other things that I like to do'? Or are you like me and you struggle to get enough? I think that adds up over time. If you're the kind of person that can't get enough because you're really passionate about something, I think that only helps. Some of us are just wired that way. But at least as far as being able to do things you're passionate about and care about a lot day to day, I think it's important." Philadelphia Inquirer

Celtic assistant general manager and team counsel Mike Zarren turned down an offer to become the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, two league sources told the Herald yesterday. The job eventually went to Sam Hinkie. “I don’t know all the details, but I know there was strong interest in Mike from Philly,” said Ainge. “I don’t know why (he turned it down). You’ll have to ask him.” Boston Herald

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