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Sport Former 76ers GM Sam Hinkie says that there is 'zero' chance that he will ever work in the NBA again

00:10  01 november  2020
00:10  01 november  2020 Source:   cbssports.com

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Sam Hinkie has stepped down as the Philadelphia 76 ers ' general manager and president of basketball operations, nearly three years after taking the reins of the organization and embarking on an unprecedented campaign of rebuilding through the NBA draft lottery that , thus far, has produced only

Sam Hinkie was a very polarizing figure during his time as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. Some people lauded his extreme approach to team restructuring, while others railed against it. Before Hinkie was with the Sixers though, he was a member of Houston's front office under general manager Daryl Morey. Thus, when Morey was recently hired to be Philadelphia's new president of basketball operations, it led to some speculation that he could look to bring his former protégée back to the Sixers.

Sam Hinkie wearing a suit and tie: Sam Hinkie is still a divisive topic when it comes to the Sixers. © Provided by CBS Sports

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Hinkie quickly closed the door on that possibility though. During an appearance on the ESPN Daily podcast with Pablo Torre, Hinkie said that there's no chance that he will be taking a job on Morey's Sixers staff.

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The Philadelphia 76 ers aren't going to be very good again this season. After two years under GM Geltzeiler says that some of Hinkie 's decisions have irked members of the 76 ers , like his decision ‘At one point, he was offered a job in Europe and I left my new job in the U.S. to join him , a decision

Reddit home of the Philadelphia 76 ers , one of the oldest and most storied franchises in the National Basketball Hinkie deserves a lot of appreciation. He gave us a future, but It pissed me off hearing people say that the 76 ' ers were absolute garbage, it showed that they never watched the games.

"Oh, zero," Hinkie said when asked about a potential return to the NBA, via Real GM. "Zero. I've turned that chapter for sure. That part of my life. I very much like what I'm doing now. I like surrounding myself with people who think in sort of the timeframes I do, which is often longer. That are quite comfortable with long feedback loops. That want to do the kinds of things I do, which is bet on young people and watch them flourish."

So what has Hinkie been up to since he parted ways with the Sixers in 2016?

"Nominally, I stated a company. Practically, it's a venture capital firm that allows me to be an investor in early stage companies,"  Hinkie said. "It allows me to sort of ride the rollercoaster with young, ambitious principled people trying to make a dent in the universe. One way or the other. Sort of commercial universe. They have some dream they want to see come to fruition and a path to get there. What they need is capital, encouragement and advice. And a bunch of amazing colleagues around them to really help them get there. That's what I do."

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"This evening, Sam Hinkie notified the organization that he has elected to step down as President of Basketball Operations and General Manager. While we are disappointed in Sam 's decision, we would like to sincerely thank him for his contributions over the past three seasons. There is no question that

Basketball had never seen an attempt to build a franchise the way Sam Hinkie wanted to. And with Colangelo and D’Antoni now on board, we’re unlikely to see it again .

Just because Hinkie isn't interested in returning to the NBA, doesn't mean he isn't still invested in the league, and in the Sixers specifically. When it comes to his former franchise, he thinks that the Morey hire was an excellent one, and he also thinks that Philly trading either one of their young All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben SImmons -- as some have suggested -- wouldn't be a wise move.

"Don't people remember what it took to get them? For all of them. Getting a star player in the NBA is not impossibly hard, but close," Hinkie said.  "It requires either an incredible amount of luck, or an amazing amount of time, or some other way to try and get at it. So what is Jo? 26? To have a young player who is nominally, in a traditional sense, just entering his prime, and say 'oh we've got to blank.' No, job one is you've got to get great players on your team, and he is one.

"And so, I'm not alone on this, you'd be loathe to think we have to do anything and we have to do anything that requires you to potentially move a great player. They don't move very much for a reason, because people rightly don't let them go very often for a reason."

Morey and Hinkie have often been aligned when it comes to their approach to team-building in the past. it will be interesting to see if they are aligned on this issue also.

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