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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