Sam Hinkie Rumors
On a podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical, Bryan Colangelo finally confirmed what everyone had (correctly) assumed: Colangelo would have had final say. In fact, owernship’s initial reluctance to give Colangelo final say led to him turning down their first offer. “The first time that I met with David Blitzer and Josh Harris I basically told them I’m not the guy for this job,” Colangelo told Wojnarowski. “But a good month and a half passed and they called me back and said ‘We want to revisit, would you be interested?’ This time I said sure, I’ll listen, but I’m not sure things have changed. But their approach changed, and obviously that approach was something where I wouldn’t be coming in to work underneath Sam [Hinkie]. I was going to be coming in to be the lead in terms of basketball operations.”
Sam Hinkie: Writing this from a Starbucks in Palo Alto, CA. It’s 5 blocks from our house. My wife and I brought our boys here for this next chapter. The more I thought about it, the more obvious it became that a sort of gap year here was right. If we were younger, maybe we’d have backpacked around the world—I surely would have snowboarded more. But we’re parents, so we’re here planting seeds for tomorrow. Especially their tomorrow. I’ve always been focused on learning as fast as I can & figuring out how I can do things better. So a period like this felt super rare. And there may be no better place on the planet to learn right now than right here. My hope is to learn even more about how what’s happening here will impact the basketball world—it’s impacting most everything else. While I wait to see what’s next for us, I’ll teach a little (at Stanford), keep talking to the long list of people I can learn from, watch tons of basketball, and soak up all that I can. Oh, and snowboard. For sure snowboard. In the meantime, if you read anything good, send it my way.
SLAM: From your perspective, how did it feel when Sam Hinkie stepped down as general manager? Robert Covington: It was a little sad. Sam was the one that gave me an opportunity, but we understood why. When he wrote that letter, it really meant a lot because it obviously lets you know the impact, you know, he doing something right. It was something different, but the team is very young, very athletic, but we have a great group of guys as far as a whole unit. The things that he has put into place, it put us in the position we’re at now. You got through rough times, but a lot of it can change over time.