The similarities between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia 76ers over the last few years are pretty obvious.
And not just because Joel Embiid was in Houston this week rooting for the Astros.
The Astros hit absolute rock bottom in their attempt to build back up to be a true contender. They didn't want to be a middle-of-the-pack team for years and years and years. They wanted to be a championship team.
It was a process that if you're an NBA team, they label with the negative connotation of "tanking."
In baseball it's simply called a rebuild. Why such negativity with the NBA version, you'd wonder? And a guy like Sam Hinkie lost his job over it.
But the Astros' plan came together Wednesday night and all those years of losing are forgotten. One man plenty of Philadelphians still hold a candle for took notice.
Hinkie's Twitter account isn't very active, so when he does weigh in on something, plenty of people take notice.
Hinkie was always a man with a plan. He took the Sixers to the lowest of lows with the hopes of hitting those lottery odds to land a generational talent.
Hinkie may be gone but parts of the process are still in place and the Sixers seemingly have two generational talents in Embiid and Ben Simmons. Not to mention the unrealized potential of Markelle Fultz.
Hinkie loves it when a plan comes together. Philly fans are still hoping Hinkie's own plan eventually does as well.
UPDATE: Embiid reacts to the react: