05/14/13 9:33 pm EST
After being introduced to both the media and the city of Philadelphia by owner Josh Harris earlier today, Sam Hinkie is now the President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the 76ers.
Much has been said about Hinkie, whether it be on his tenure with the Rockets, his successful investment career, or his firm belief in analytics, but today he got to answer a few of Philadelphia’s questions for himself. His remarks should only strengthen the support that the organization has received for this hire.
Hinkie put organizational culture at the forefront of his comments throughout the press conference. From the get go, it was clear that Josh Harris and Co. were a big reason he accepted the position. He stated the ownership group is “committed to building a basketball operation that is data-driven, strategic, and relentlessly innovative.” Hinkie added that, before accepting the position, he spoke with both investors and competitors from within the basketball and investment realms to ensure that the franchise was headed in a direction he agreed with.