It hasn’t even been a year since Hinkie decided to drop his now-infamous 13-page manifesto rather than stick around while Sixers majority owner Josh Harris hired all the able-bodied Colangelos he could find. In the aftermath of Hinkie’s departure, members of the organization pushed the same narrative using similar talking points. I wrote quite a bit about the palace intrigue when I was still in Philly, but the abridged version goes like this: Tension between Hinkie and ownership/other Sixers executives had grown well in advance of him quitting. The way those team sources told it at the time, the Sixers’ brass asked Hinkie to find someone to deal with the media and do a better job of building relationships across the league with agents, players, and other general managers. The company line was that Hinkie was slow to respond to those repeated requests.
I’ll never forget how one source explained it after Hinkie’s ouster: “It’s kind of like asking your kids to clean their room. You’re not really asking.”