Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie has no plans to step down in the wake of the hiring of longtime basketball executive Jerry Colangelo, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
There have been rumblings around the league that bringing Colangelo in effectively spells doom for Hinkie, but the general manager, who’s taken his lumps for how he’s gone about rebuilding the Sixers, remains confident in his position:
“Our owners made it very clear they want me leading us long-term,” Hinkie says. “Adding one more voice will make the conversation richer. Might it be challenging at times? I’m sure it will be. But making big decisions shouldn’t be easy — it shouldn’t be that you have an idea, and you get to execute it without anyone questioning it.”
In a wide-ranging interview with Lowe, Hinkie talked about his eventful tenure in Philadelphia. While he admitted some mistakes, especially in regards to bringing in veteran free agents and dealings with agents, he still has faith that his plan will come to fruition and the Sixers will be a contender in the near future.
Next summer was always going to be the time for the franchise to take a big step forward, and if everything goes right, Philadelphia will have an excellent core in place for the 2016-17 season. Colangelo will likely take some credit if that happens, but Hinkie should get his due as well.