Posted by: Jake Fischer
05/15/13 4:27 pm EST

In a classic Lonely Island video, Seth Rogen asks Andy Samberg if he’s, “in charge around here?” To which, Samberg replies, “I’m da boss.”

At the Philadelphia 76ers’ introductory press conference for new General Manager Sam Hinkie, Managing Owner Josh Harris might as well have said, “I’m da boss,” as well.

During a lovely affair at PCOM, Harris and Hinkie basically announced that the Sixers will be moving in a new direction, and that Josh is the man leading the pack.

At the presser Harris mentioned how similar he and Hinkie are in their philosophies towards building this franchise.  Josh also made it clear that Hinkie will “diligently” make roster decisions, take “smart risks”, add a “championship-caliber coach” and be “aggressive and push (his) chips into the middle.”

Even further evidence that Harris is now the man TCB-ing for this franchise, was the fact that Adam Aron — the face of the franchise for the last year — took an deep backseat at yesterday’s press gathering.  That only gave credit to the rumors that former NBA GM John Nash started on SportsRadio 94 WIP that Aron will also assume a more limited role on the business and basketball side of the franchise.

So, let’s put all of this information together.

Several weeks ago, Joshua Harris told the Philadelphia Inquirer’s John Mitchell that he and the team’s GM would head the Sixers’ head coaching search.  On Friday, Harris, who has always expressed his developing interest in basketball analytics, reportedly hired analytical mind, and former Houston Rockets Assistant GM, Sam Hinkie. Tuesday, Harris and Hinkie are the only men on stage at Hinkie’s press conference AND, later that day, a respected John Nash says that Adam Aron will be having a more limited role in basketball operations.

If that doesn’t smell like Harris is taking over the reigns of the organization and attempting to forge them in the direction he sees best, what does?

Joshua Harris is a smart man. He got his Bachelor’s Degree from the Wharton Business School at Penn. He received his Master’s from Harvard Business School. In 2011, Forbes estimated his net worth is $1.5 billion.

Philadunkia should be jumping for joy that a smart, determined, personable billionaire is running the show within the Philadelphia 76ers front office. Now, 76ers fans should be on the edge of their seats during the NBA Draft. Can you even imagine what super-analytical basketball-genius thoughts Hinkie will be thinking during the NBA Draft Combine this week?

Right now, the Sixers are fortunate enough to have a budding superstar in Jrue Holiday and several other young pieces and assets around him. They also have a great owner and a strategical GM that can likely turn Jrue and whatever else around him into somewhat of a contender in the near future.

Get excited, because Joshua Harris is da boss in Philadunkia. And, Hinkie will be his right hand man.


Jake Fischer is a Scribe for Philadunkia. You can follow him on Twitter @JakeLFischer.

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6 Responses to “I’M da BOSS”

  1. Steve Toll
    15. May 2013 at 21:05


    You should probably google the definition of “classic”

    The new future is the next ~4 years and LOL at thinking this team will be a contender or close to it by then

  2. Erik
    16. May 2013 at 11:02

    @ Steve Troll

    Your pessimism is misguided. The Grizzlies were a 24-win team four seasons ago, the Pacers a 32-win team three seasons ago and the Rockets were mired in NBA purgatory over the last three years. That’s three middle-market franchises utilizing progressive analysis and smart transactions to get better. ANY team can dramatically improve when it’s run in a smart and efficient way.

    This sudden philosophical shift is about the best thing that could have happened to the 7-6 this off-season, bar none. Take your doubts elsewhere, or at least back them up with something substantive.

  3. Hoop
    16. May 2013 at 11:19


    May I know your Tiwtter handle that I can follow? thx.

  4. Jake Fischer
    16. May 2013 at 12:31


    GREAT comment. I completely agree.

  5. Steve Toll
    16. May 2013 at 13:10


    First thing that you need to understand is that these squads all essentially operated under a different CBA, which brought about dramatic changes. I could do this for all 3 teams, but I’ll use the easiest one because im lazy.

    The Grizzlies traded Kevin Love for OJ Mayo before the start of the 08-09 season. Talk about a smart analytically driven move. That trade of Quentin Richardson for Zach Randolph really took an expert to put together. Hasheem Thabeet has been awesome for the Grizzlies in the playoffs this year, it’s amazing he was only the #2 pick in the draft……… wait what????? Let’s not forget getting one of the worst GM’s (colangelo) in the NBA to take on Rudy Gay’s contract (what an awesome move signing him to that deal BTW, Bravo Memphis), it’s not like Toronto though they were getting the best of that deal or anything…

    Throw in the improvements of some young players like Marc Gasol, who had a great pedigree before being in the NBA, similar to his brothers at the same age. Mike Conley turning into an awesome NBA PG and Memphis is a really good team

    Don’t tweet

  6. Steve Toll
    16. May 2013 at 16:11


    Bring the noise

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