Sam Hinkie

The Sixers are loaded — take that, Sam Hinkie!

The Sixers are loaded — take that, Sam Hinkie!

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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Sixers have filed trademark for 'Trust the Process,' the unofficial motto of Sam Hinkie's regime

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Sixers have filed trademark for 'Trust the Process,' the unofficial motto of Sam Hinkie's regime

From a few innocuous words out of Tony Wroten's mouth to a phrase the Sixers are trying to trademark.

"Trust the Process" has come a long way.

The Sixers filed a trademark on Sept. 26 for the iconic rallying cry/motto/beacon of hope in the face of ceaseless losing.

The trademark indicates the Sixers plan to use "Trust the Process" to advertise their basketball camps, dance team clinics and just about everything in between.

"Trust the Process" has had a long and winding history. Joel Embiid (who, of course, goes by "The Process"), first tweeted it on Nov. 19, 2014. And the phrase picked up traction after Tony Wroten used it in an article by ESPN's Pablo Torre on then-GM Sam Hinkie's ambitious rebuild.

From there, "Trust the Process" kind of took on a life of its own. 

You just lost by 40 points? Trust the Process. It's all part of the plan.

Embiid finally played NBA basketball and looked like a generational talent? Trust the Process. All the losing was worth it.

GM caught up in a bizarre scandal involving his wife using burner Twitter accounts? Trust the Process. Weird stuff happens sometimes.

In a few years, the Sixers have gone from trying to distance themselves from Hinkie and his approach to fully embracing it, or at least the phrase that embodies what he was all about. 

Regardless of who technically first said the three words "Trust the Process" consecutively (probably some random guy hundreds of years ago), there's no doubt Hinkie is the spiritual originator.

Even if Markelle Fultz actually thought he invented the phrase ...  

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Sixers reportedly rebuffed in attempt to hire Rockets GM Daryl Morey

Sixers reportedly rebuffed in attempt to hire Rockets GM Daryl Morey

Well, you can’t say the Sixers aren’t aiming high.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Sixers “have been rebuffed in their attempt to hire away Houston's Daryl Morey to take over as their new general manager.” Stein added that the team had great interest in Morey, but he couldn’t be lured away from the Rockets.

Morey, who has served as the Rockets’ general manager since 2007, was named the NBA’s Executive of the Year after Houston secured the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference with a franchise-best 65-17 record during the 2017-18 regular season.

Morey obviously fits the Sixers from a surface standpoint with his analytics background, commitment to building a pace-and-space roster and desire to chase stars. However, what makes the Sixers’ desire in him really interesting is that Morey is the mentor of former Sixers front office executive Sam Hinkie.

Bryan Colangelo, the man who replaced Hinkie in the Sixers’ front office, resigned in June after a scandal involving multiple secret Twitter accounts rocked the franchise. Head coach Brett Brown took over as interim general manager following Colangelo's resignation.

The Sixers have been patient throughout their search as managing owner Josh Harris recently said there is no timetable to select a candidate.

“We’re just getting focused on it now, given everything with free agency and the draft, and also the other GMs are in the same place. We’re looking for the right person,” Harris told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Amy Fadool last week (see story). “One of the things that Bryan Colangelo did really well was we built a great staff, whether it be (vice president of basketball operations and chief of staff) Ned Cohen or (vice president of analytics and strategy) Alex Rucker or (vice president of player personnel) Marc Eversley or (Delaware Blue Coats general manger) Elton Brand, we have a lot of great people. It’s very consensus-oriented, there’s a lot of people in the dialogue, and we want to make sure we find the right fit for that. 

“It’s not going to be easy. My guess is it’s going to take awhile. And we’re obviously focused on doing it as quickly as possible, but at the same time I don’t want to set unrealistic expectations — it could take a little while. So we’re just starting that.”

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