Friday's Sixers Post Draft Press Conference started off on an interesting note when General Manager Bryan Colangelo took time to give former GM Sam Hinkie credit for the 76ers being in position to draft Ben Simmons:
"When I came in I had a lot of things in front of us to do, first and foremost a lot of the resources and tools were put in place by my predecessor...
The combination of the Sixers getting the number one overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft with Bryan Colangelo being in charge of the Front Office, many have framed this as a "New Era" in Philadelphia. Even 76ers Head Coach has labeled Colangelo as someone who is taking the organization in a "New Direction" after the Sam Hinkie "Trust The Process" Rebuild...
Somewhere, Sam Hinkie is grinning ever so slightly. Lady Luck finally looked favorably upon the Sixers at the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday evening in New York City, and suddenly the organization’s immediate outlook looks a whole lot brighter
Luck is a central aspect of success in the NBA. Talent, coaching, and chemistry are all extremely important, but luck is equally integral. No title team gets there without catching a few breaks somewhere along the way. Securing a superstar via the bouncing of ping-pong balls, avoiding injury, favorable matchups; all predicated on luck.
Over the last weekend's NBA board of governors meetings, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took time to clarify his involvement in Sixers recent Front Office changes, saying all he did was make the connection between Jerry Colangelo and Sixers Majority Owner Josh Harris.
Upon his introduction as the Sixers new General Manager, Bryan Colangelo made clear that his strategy was not necessarily to veer from the ‘process’ path that Sam Hinkie had paved, but rather to build upon it.
“This is not a departure from a process,” Colangelo emphasized at his introductory press conference, opting for ambiguity in regards to which particular process he was referring to
The 2015-2016 season ended for the Sixers with 10 wins and a new President of Basketball Operations. The Colangelos are in power and Sam Hinkie has left town but NBC Sports NBA Analyst Chris Mannix says that the Sixers could still become what Hinkie envisioned for this team:
"There's no doubt that they are in a better position now then perhaps they were a couple of years ago when this rebuil
The 76ers have insisted that the hiring of Bryan Colangelo to fill the void after Sam Hinkie's resignation had nothing to do with Jerry Colangelo, who is still in house as a Special Advisor to Owner Joshua Harris.