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76ers Reportedly Name Sam Hinkie GM; Brings Rockets' Analytical Approach
Published May 13, 2013
SAM, I AM: In Philadelphia, Mullin & Kaskey-Blomain noted Hinkie will become the 76ers’ third GM since July '11, and his hiring is "clearly representative of a shift in philosophy for the franchise." Hinkie before working with the Rockets provided "statistical analysis and advice" to several NFL teams, and "worked as a private equity and venture capitalist" (PHILLY.com, 5/10). TRUE HOOP's Henry Abbott wrote Hinkie is "a highly regarded behind-the-scenes NBA mind who has put in the work on every front, from mastering the nitty gritty of the CBA to traveling the backwaters of the globe scouting prospects." Hinkie has been a "key figure in building Houston's analyst-thick Moneyball-style front office that has cleverly created advantages for itself." Some teams "shoot from the hip," but "rest assured, under Hinkie, the Sixers will adhere to well-honed long-term strategy." The 76ers are "on the path to becoming the Rockets East, complete with one of the Rockets' key executives" (ESPN.com, 5/10). In Philadelphia, Marcus Hayes writes Harris has "hired what he knows; what has worked for him in the past." Hayes: "Dispassionate acquisition and manipulation of resources, inevitable 'reorganization' of 'assets,' resulted in a lack of humanism that helped lead to the disastrous moves the Sixers made last year" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 5/13). Also in Philadelphia, Phil Sheridan wrote hiring Hinkie "finally gives the Sixers a direction under their new ownership." Hinkie can "win some instant support" by declaring C Andrew Bynum "an ex-Sixer" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/12).
LIKE A BOSS: In Philadelphia, Sean Woods wrote 76ers CEO Adam Aron has "adopted a role akin to that of a cruise director." Aron has "focused his energy on hospitality and entertainment: engaging the customers on Twitter, commissioning mascot costumes, recruiting the Philadelphia Orchestra and Ayla Brown for the national anthem." He has "invested more time on improving the game night festivities than the game itself." It is "wonderful that Aron is listening to the fans, but this cruise director must realize that if the boat’s engine has failed, no one cares about what comedian is scheduled to perform" (PHILLY.com, 5/10).