By Lewis Gould
Remember when lame-ass Philly media blowhards like Angelo Cataldi and Glen Macnow were ginning up phone outrage about Sam Hinkie and how the Sixers were tanking their way into oblivion?
It was phony because these two know nothing about the NBA and less about management.
Now, all of a sudden Cataldi and Macnow have seen the light.
And leave it to the Ringer.com to put things into perspective:
How soon until the city of Philadelphia builds a statue of Sam Hinkie next to Rocky? Why has the construction not started yet?
Why have the Kings not fired Vlade Divac and hired Sam Hinkie? The Sixers might not be a winning team yet, but the transactions Hinkie made during his tenure as general manager keep getting better and better.
The Kings dumped Nik Stauskas in 2015 — one year after Vivek said Stauskas shoots like Stephen Curry and is big like Klay Thompson — to clear cap space to sign Rajon Rondo, Kosta Koufos, and Marco Belinelli. In order to do it, they gave Philly the right to swap firsts in 2017, and their own 2019 first.
Even if the Kings bottom out and win the lottery, the Sixers will be able to swap picks with them. Sacramento’s misery only improves Hinkie’s reputation! In 2019, when the Kings will likely finish their 13th consecutive season without a playoff berth, the Sixers will get that first-round pick as well.
It’s up to Bryan Colangelo to utilize these assets, but Hinkie was the savior.