Sam Hinkie Rumors
Some sources claim Philly’s ownership group had grown impatient with Hinkie’s lack of a clear timetable to be competitive and had been worn down by constant criticism. Others suggest Silver pressured the 76ers into making a change.
The league has never hidden its distaste for tanking, and sources around the NBA say Silver grew more irritated after the Sixers lost their first 18 games last fall and Okafor was involved in multiple off-court incidents. Ultimately, those sources say, it is likely that a combination of all those factors led to Jerry Colangelo’s hiring.
“We’re in a competitive business,” says one Western Conference exec. “I think a lot of people feared what Sam was doing: ‘What if it works? It will become the new model.'” Adds the former GM, “There was a perception that Sam thought he was smarter than everyone else.”
“There has to be a level of understanding, a level of trust between teams,” one former GM says. “I think Sam had a hard time opening up in that process. If you are trying to win the deal each time, that’s fine, as long as the other side gets a win too. But if you are trying to kill them, then it makes it harder to work with them in the future.” Adds one Western Conference executive: “Sam’s a hard-nosed negotiator, which is intimidating to some people. There’s a bit of ‘what’s behind the curtain?’ with Sam. People don’t know what his factors are. It’s not as straightforward as ‘I like that guy.'”