Bryan Colangelo Rumors
Joel Embiid refuses to trash ex-Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo … telling TMZ Sports the disgraced exec is a “great guy” … despite the burner account scandal. “He was a great guy. He did a great job for us, so I wish him luck,” Embiid told us in Beverly Hills on Thursday night.
Embiid didn’t seem concerned about the future of the 76ers — in fact, he told us the Colangelo drama won’t slow down “the Process.” “The Process is never starting over and it’s never going to be over. There’s a process for everything. It takes a lot to get where you wanna go and that’s the process.”‘ “So, it’s never gonna be over, it’s never gonna restart.”
Officially, Colangelo resigned, though sources told Yahoo Sports that Colangelo, 53, fought to keep his job the last few days as the law firm the Sixers engaged wound down its investigation. Its conclusions: Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, established and operated the accounts — which Bottini confirmed. And while it couldn’t determine if Colangelo was aware of them, there was “substantial evidence that Mr. Colangelo was the source of sensitive, non-public, club-related information contained in certain posts to the Twitter accounts,” and it believes Colangelo was “careless and in some instances reckless in failing to properly safeguard” the information, the firm said in a statement.
But even with the Sixers coming off their best regular season in almost two decades, the views expressed in the Twitter accounts that Colangelo’s wife admitted to being behind would’ve made it tough for the team to maintain its upward trajectory. Colangelo contended in his statement that, “The content she shared was filled with inaccuracies and conjecture which in no way represent my own views or opinions.” An alleged failed physical by Jahlil Okafor is one of the inaccuracies, according to multiple league sources. But whether the tweets were truths, half-truths, or falsehoods, Colangelo’s relationship with the players was irreconcilable as a result, according to multiple league sources.
David Aldridge: Sixers Coach Brett Brown, named to temporarily oversee basketball ops after Bryan Colangelo’s replacement, says he has no interest in assuming traditional GM role, citing other people already in the front office: “we have the firepower to move this forward and not miss a beat.”