Sam Hinkie Rumors

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The Sixers may be looking to add experience and voices, Colangelo admitted, while not saying specifically what that would mean for analytics-driven GM Sam Hinkie’s role. “I think that any time you have an opportunity to enhance your organization, and you bring people in to accomplish that, you consider it. Big time. You really do,” Colangelo said. “And I think in our case we have a very bright young guy in Sam Hinkie, who holds the title of president and GM, and in his space he’s really strong. One could build a case for saying you’d like to have more people added who have experience in other aspects of those jobs. That’s the kind of conversation that’s going on.
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That Hinkie, the team’s general manager, has been more accessible to the media since Colangelo’s arrival is no coincidence. If limiting his remarks to a few press conferences each year was feasible when the Sixers were just a young, overmatched team trying to rebuild, it became impossible after Jahlil Okafor was filmed fighting on a Boston street early Thanksgiving morning. The video’s publication sparked the revelation of other troubling incidents involving Okafor, all of which Hinkie, aside from a brief press release, refused to address publicly.
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He would show the 38-year-old novice GM what it really took to build a winning NBA franchise and, failing that, find someone else who already knew. Hinkie, though, spoke of Colangelo less as a mentor than as a colleague and co-worker on equal footing with him, a daring stance for someone who is supposed to be fearing for his future. “He’s already proven to be helpful,” Hinkie said. “I’d be surprised if he can’t be at least as helpful, if not more helpful, over time. I think he’s brought a different perspective that’s been good. I think he’s brought a different level of gravitas and experience. Our discussions have been richer because he’s been here. I don’t see that changing.”
He was asked if he saw Colangelo’s presence as a threat in any way. “In what sense?” In the obvious sense: Colangelo has power. He has his own perspective. And even after all those productive discussions, he might eventually decide that Hinkie should no longer be the Sixers’ general manager. “I’m a big believer in the meritocracy of ideas,” Hinkie said, “and your idea had better stand up to scrutiny from all sides. You’d better know your opponents’ arguments better than they do if you want to truly understand what’s best. So I don’t mind the thought that there might be debate about any particular topic.”