Jerry Colangelo Rumors
Brand, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft, is a two-time NBA All-Star. After announcing his retirement from basketball in August 2015, new Sixers CEO Jerry Colangelo signed Brand in January to take a leadership role in the Sixers’ locker room. The Sixers have had periodic trade talks this summer involving Noel and Okafor and plan eventually to move one of them, league sources said. Philadelphia doesn’t believe the two players’ talents are complementary.
Colangelo on Sirius XM Radio: “I did have an official when I was on the court after the gold medal award… And this individual who was up there said said, ‘You know, they can’t compete with you, maybe next time you should only use four players’. I bit my tongue and didn’t say anything. We would like to say that we’re good winners and we’re not sore losers. But the point is, we’re not losing. That’s our intent. I’ll just encourage everyone to do as good a job as they can because that’s for sure what we’re going to do.”
When asked by an international reporter about the margin of victory in the finale, Jerry Colangelo — the former NBA executive and owner who rehabilitated the national program in 2005 — made it quite clear that he wasn’t about to apologize for the one-sided outcome. “I’m all for raising the bar for global basketball,” he began. “The more interest in basketball on all levels, I’m for. I’m a lifer in the game. I love the game. Basketball is the No. 2 sport in the world, (but) we just need to see these other countries get their acts together and become more competitive.