The Sixers’ strategy in recent seasons has been a little… unconventional.
Two seasons of tanking, three top draft picks (all centers) and no winning in sight.
Perhaps the Sixers ownership team, led by Joshua Harris is panicking just a little bit.
“Jerry Colangelo is one of the most respected people in basketball and we are excited to add his five decades of knowledge, relationships and experience to help drive our organization forward,” said Sixers co-Managing Owner Harris.
The move was announced in a press conference prior to Philly’s Monday night home game against the Spurs. And it couldn’t possibly be interpreted as an bad move.
Colangeloisthe Chairman of the Board of Directors for USA Basketball and was instrumental in getting pros to play in the Olympics.The team is 75-1 since his arrival.
During Colangelo’stenure with the Phoenix Suns, (spanningfrom 1968 through 2012), he has served everywhere from the CEO, President of the team, GM and head coach. He was an instrumental part of the 1993 Charles Barkley-led team that advanced to face Michael Jordan’s Bulls in the NBA Finals.
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And he will be bringing his eye for talent, and his nearly unrivaled experience to Philadelphia.
“I am excited and energized about the opportunity to work with Josh Harris and this ownership group in their continued efforts to build something lasting and special here with the Sixers,” Colangelo said. “This is an organization with a storied history, strong and talented leadership and a number of promising pieces that have the potential for a very bright future.”
So what does this mean for Hinkie?
The analytical GM has called the shots for the Sixers during their current rebuild, pulling the trigger on the drafting of Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor while trading away nearly every asset the Sixers had (including 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams).
Will his decision-making authority be challenged? Or is the move meant ot keep the young GM in check? Hinkie himself sees it as a great opportunity.
“It’s not every day you have the opportunity to work alongside a Hall of Famer with Jerry’s unique set of experiences,” said Hinkie said. “I feel incredibly fortunate to have him as part of our organization.”
Coangelo is 76. Hinkie is 38.