NBAJoel Embiid Still Trusts the Process
The former Sixer boss may be out of a job, but that doesn't mean he is forgotten.
Over the past few years, the Philadelphia Sixers have taken tanking to new and horrific levels. And even though the team that took the court was at times (read: almost always) totally unwatchable, there was method to the badness. Then-Sixers GM Sam Hinkie knew that the best way to turn an NBA team around was by having multiple top picks in the NBA Draft. This led to drafting some high upside guys who wouldn't be playing for a while either due to injury (Joel Embiid) or due to European basketball commitments (Dario Saric).
Thus the team's future could get better while its present didn't improve too much, therefore allowing more high draft picks the following year. This system was referred to as "The Process" and the team slogan asked fans to "Trust" it. The Process made sense on paper, but the NBA hated that Hinkie had turned one of its 29 franchises into a non-factor. And so the Sixers brought in Jerry Colangelo to be an advisor to the team. And Colangelo brought in his son Bryan to share duties with Hinkie. (Read: push Hinkie out.) Hinkie eventually resigned. But that was before something amazing happened.
It turned out that in their first attempt post-Hinkie, the Sixers finally won the NBA Draft Lottery with a potential superstar waiting in the wings in Ben Simmons. This meant that in 2016, the team will roll with a roster including three highly-touted rookies: Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, and Ben Simmons. Suddenly Hinkie's "process" seemed worthwhile. He seemed like a genius unfairly deposed before his plan could take full effect. Many Philly fans seemed pissed to have lost him. But lest you think he is forgotten by this up-and-coming Sixer team, rest assured, he is not. He lives on in the autographs of one Joel Embiid.
I think I speak for everyone but the Colangelos and the NBA administration when I say, long live Hinkie!