SIXERS EX-BUBBLEHEAD BURNERGATE GM COLANGELO GOES AUSSIE!

By Harvey Hoffman

Bryan Colangelo embarrassed himself and the Sixers a couple of years ago when it was revealed that he (or his wife) tweeted gossip about the Sixers when he was general manager on a burner phone.

He resigned before he could be fired — on merit.

Now he has his next act.

He has purchased an ownership stake in and will assume an advisory role with the Illawarra Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League.

Colangelo, 55, won’t have a role running the franchise as a president or GM but will assist in governance and strategy as an equity partner to the ownership group, sources told ESPN. The team will continue with Australian-centric basketball.

“Australian basketball, with its great history, has been on a significant rise for many years now and the NBL has played a significant role in growing the sport’s awareness and participation levels, while developing some of the best athlete and coaching talent the world has to offer,” Colangelo said in a league news release. “We are thrilled to be selected as new partners with the league and pledge to outperform the expectations placed on us and deliver for Hawks fans.”

Colangelo recently interviewed for the vice president of basketball operations position with the Chicago Bulls, which ultimately went to Arturas Karnisovas.

Colangelo was an NBA executive of the year in two of his three stops as a GM, including Phoenix and Toronto. As a GM, he hired several front-office officials who went on to senior leadership roles in the NBA, including the Toronto Raptors’ Masai Ujiri, the New Orleans Pelicans’ David Griffin, Chicago’s Marc Eversley and the Sixers Elton Brand.

Colangelo worked with the longtime Australian national coach, Brett Brown, with the 76ers. One of the groups that pursued a purchase of Illawarra included the franchise’s star player of the past season: point guard LaMelo Ball. There had been serious discussions on a close on a deal that never materialized.

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