By Peter Gleason
Everyone’s got an opinion on the Sixers’ trading on Thursday of Michael Carter-Williams (above) and K. J. McDaniels.
Some are informed and some are uninformed.
But nothing compares to what the Wall Street Journal expressed:
The Philadelphia 76ers doubled down on their “tank hard, tank well” approach detailed recently in a lengthy ESPN the Magazine profile, trading sparkplug K.J. McDaniels and reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams for a handful of picks and the rights to foreign players with names like Chu Chu Maduabum.
This could blow up miserably, as critics have noted that planning to stay terrible for a long time comes with the risk of staying terrible forever, and that GM Sam Hinkie is running his franchise like a Silicon Valley startup. And yet the Sixers are committed to their plan of truly bottoming out before building back up. “Sam Hinkie throwing double middle fingers at the world and going super tank.
I think he was secretly threatened by how bad the Knicks are,” writes Grantland’s Jason Concepcion, before adding, “Hinkie would sign a dude from ISIS as long as he came with draft picks.”