The Sixers are 36-20. They're fourth in the Eastern Conference, and they've been getting big wins over good teams. They've even made multiple trades, in which they've given up future draft choices in favor of talented players.
Sam Hinkie must absolutely hate it.
I really don't understand the Hinkie people. For all those years, they rooted for open losing, no spending, and endless accumulating of second-round picks. Now, they want to trade draft picks — even second-rounders! — acquire veterans, and try to win. Why the double standard?
I just can't believe anyone is claiming that Hinkie's "Process" led to the Sixers' success today. Please. Hinkie wanted to draft Andrew Wiggins instead of Embiid. Ben Simmons was drafted by Bryan Colangelo. All of Hinkie's draft capital led us to Markelle Fultz, so in a way that one's on him too.
Michael Carter-Williams isn't walking through that door. Neither is Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor.
What's even better is that unlike in the Hinkie years, the Sixers are actually listening to the fans. Last Tuesday, a fan at the game yelled at Elton Brand to "make some moves." Brand traded for Tobias Harris hours later, and made two more trades that week. The lesson is clear: Heckling team executives in public gets results.
The Sixers are well-positioned for a playoff run, and possibly even a multi-year run of success. And all it took was the effort of the general manager two general managers after Sam Hinkie.
We're okay, as long as Joel Embiid doesn't get hurt, Jimmy Butler doesn't poison the locker room, and Ben Simmons doesn't force a trade to the Lakers. I told you that Kardashian girl was bad news!
Eagles QB Drama
My solution to the quarterback dilemma is simple: Keep both Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, by paying them both extra money under the table. What, like the Patriots haven't been doing that with Brady for 15 years.
Meanwhile, we've got this so-called investigative story where a bunch of anonymous Eagles players called Carson Wentz "selfish." Now, I'm not sure I believe it, even after Carson gave that interview where he admitted that he can be selfish.
But Carson put all our fears to rest Sunday when he sat next to wide receiver and possible anonymous source Alshon Jeffrey at the Sixers game. It was like when Tony, Carmela, Christopher, and Adriana all went to Vesuvios together, so everyone would see them together and getting along. Although I just hope Carson didn't overhear Alshon telling someone that he really does know Johnny Ola — I mean, Joseph Santoliquito.
Other Philly sports takes:
- Now that we didn't have a Wing Bowl, and the Eagles didn't win the Super Bowl, can we make it a goal in 2020 to bring back both?
- I know it's been over a year now, but I'm still really angry that the media lied about the crowd size at the Eagles' Super Bowl parade.
- I'm OK with the Phillies signing Manny Machado, but only on the condition that his contract is voided the first time he doesn't run hard to first base. That's reasonable, right?
- Saints fans are pathetic whiners, the biggest crybabies in sports. That said, if a call like that cost the Eagles a playoff game, we'd have burned the league office to the ground.
- Come on, give me one good reason why Lenny Dykstra isn't on the Phillies' Wall of Fame?
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