PHILADELPHIA — On the day the Philadelphia 76ers introduced their new general manager, owner Josh Harris ended his remarks with an encouraging message for a battered fanbase:
“Stay tuned for more from the Sixers organization.” Turns out, their next update will be the first since they hired Sam Hinkie to run the team on May 14.
Hinkie and the Sixers haven’t just gone radio silent. They’ve suffered a power outage.
The inner workings of a revamped front office have become as much a mystery as the player the Sixers will select with the 11th overall pick in Thursday’s draft.
Outside of a cameo appearance at a local screening of a Julius Erving film, Hinkie has been absent from public view since he was introduced as team president and GM.
Hinkie has refused to offer updates on draft workouts, as well, and has not even publicly released names.
No interviews with the media. No meet-and-greets with fans. Nothing.
And the coach? Oh yeah, the Sixers still need one more than two months after Doug Collins resigned.
After spending the last two years courting fans, even inviting them to crash a press conference, the Sixers have become the neighbors who put up a “No Trespassing” sign and yell, “Get off my lawn!” The Philadelphia Daily News on Wednesday ran the backpage headline: “What’s The Plan, Sam? Sixers GM will come out of hiding for tomorrow’s draft.” Hinkie has to rise above a fairly spotty draft record over the last few years with this team.
Mo Harkless, last year’s first-round pick, had a solid rookie season - playing for Orlando as part of the Bynum deal. Vucevic was the first pick in
2011 and Evan Turner hasn’t become anything close to a franchise player after he was selected No. 2 overall in 2010. All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday was a steal at No. 17 in 2009 and Thaddeus Young was a fantastic choice at No. 12 in 2007.