By Peter Gleason
Our long, regional nightmare is over.
For most of the summer, snowflakes in the local media have been wringing their hands because the Sixers have taken their time to find a new general manager after the Bryan Colangelo Twittergate fiasco left them technically leaderless.
ESPN is reporting that they have hired Elton Brand as general manager.
Brand made a strong impression on ownership and coach Brett Brown in the interview process, beating out several more experienced candidates inside and outside the Sixers organization, ESPN is reporting.
Brand, 39, had been recently promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations, after serving the past year as GM of the Sixers’ G League affiliate in Delaware.
After retiring as a player in 2016, he spent two years in the organization before this elevation to oversee the front office.
Among those considered for the vacant GM role were Utah Jazzassistant GM Justin Zanik, Houston Rockets vice president Gersson Rosas and assistant Golden State Warriors GM Larry Harris.
The team also talked to internal candidates, including assistant GM Ned Cohen and senior VP of player personnel Marc Eversley.
Brand replaces Brown, who had been the interim GM since Colangelo resigned in June after his wife admitted to operating Twitter accounts that criticized team members and propped up her husband.
The Sixers elevated Alex Rucker to executive vice president of basketball operations, and Cohen and Eversley will remain in their current positions with recent promotions, sources said. Rucker takes on an increased role with analytics and strategy in his promotion.
Brand was the No. 1 overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 1999 NBA draft out of Duke, making two All-Star appearances in 16 seasons.
He signed a five-year, $82 million free-agent deal with Philly in 2008 after he had rehabbed a torn Achilles tendon . He returned to in 2015 as a player, retiring in 2016.