Sam Hinkie, architect of The Process, has stepped down as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Process has officially come to an end.
As reported by Mark Stein of ESPN, Sam Hinkie, Sixers GM and president of basketball operations, has stepped down from his position after three tumultuous seasons.
Hinkie was hired in 2014 and instituted what came to be known as The Process, or what is commonly known as tanking, to rebuild the Sixers. It involved building a roster that would lose games and making bold trades to stockpile draft picks.
Unfortunately, after three seasons and a combined record of 47-195, the franchise has very little to show for all the pain and suffering The Process caused.
Many felt that Hinkie’s days in Philadelphia may have been numbered anyway once the team hired Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations in December of last year. With most of the authority going to Colangelo in regards to making decisions regarding trades and roster moves, it left Hinkie on the outside looking in.
Hinkie, in a letter to the ownership group and obtained by ESPN, said in part:
“There has been much criticism of our approach. There will be more. A competitive league like the NBA necessitates a zig while our competitors comfortably zag. We often chose not to defend ourselves against much of the criticism, largely in an effort to stay true to the ideal of having the longest view in the room.
“… Given all the changes to our organization, I no longer have the confidence that I can make good decisions on behalf of investors in the Sixers — you. So I should step down. And I have.”
Part of those changes apparently involved Bryan Colangelo, Jerry’s son, joining the team in some kind of co-GM role. So instead of further seeing his power in the Sixers organization once again diminished, Hinkie decided to quit.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Bryan Colangelo will now replace Hinkie as GM with a statement from the Sixers coming soon.
Sixers issuing statement soon on Hinkie resignation, with Bryan Colangelo on his way into his third GM job in league, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 7, 2016
Sixers majority owner Josh Harris issued a statement regarding Hinkie’s departure, thanking him for his work over the last three seasons.
“This evening, Sam Hinkie notified the organization that he has elected to step down as president of basketball operations and general manager. While we are disappointed in Sam’s decision, we would like to sincerely thank him for his contributions over the past three seasons. There is no question that Sam’s work has put us in a very strong position to take advantage of numerous opportunities for an exciting future.”
With Hinkie gone and The Process officially over, one has to wonder where this leaves the Sixers rebuild. There are a number of questions that still have to be answered, not the least of which is what to do about center Jahlil Okafor.
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Do the Sixers have to start over? Or are there enough pieces there to build on so that Colangelo can accelerate the rebuild and make the Sixers competitive again sooner rather then later?
It would appear that the new Sixers GM has a lot of work ahead of them.