Philadelphia 76ers: General Manager Sam Hinkie Swiftfully Dodges 'Tanking' Question

By Ryan Heckman
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers fans have had a rough go at it during the 2013 NBA offseason, watching a new general manager make some big-time changes within the organization and the roster. Sam Hinkie was recently interviewed by the Associated Press and had a few things to say regarding the offseason.

What everyone wanted to know was if he thought his team was making all of these moves in order to compete in the future, thus throwing away the 2013-2014 campaign as a necessary step in that process. Stocking up draft picks and going after younger, low-risk players that could make a difference in the correct type of system has been part of Hinkie’s offseason moves.

Hinkie was asked, specifically, about the term ‘tanking’ and how the 76ers appear to be doing just that. To take a short quote from our partners at USA TODAY, “Take a look at the roster. Tim Ohlbrecht. Tony Wroten. James Anderson. Not exactly James-Wade-Bosh, is it?”

Here’s what he had to say:

“I think sometimes it’s about just finding the measuring stick that’s different than the one the world puts on you, It’s finding the one in which you’re held accountable and how you hold each other accountable; what a good job looks like in a particular situation and how to be better at your job than you were yesterday. I think it’s pretty important that you learn how to keep your own scoreboard and how to be focused on what truly matters over the long term.”

Hinkie swiftly dodged the term ‘tanking’ in its entirety, simply giving us the notion that the organization knows what it’s doing and that it could possibly look like they are ‘tanking,’ but only those within the organization know differently.

For the 76ers’ sake, let’s hope Hinkie indeed knows what he is doing. Hopefully those draft picks pay off in the future and rookie Nerlens Noel can make a full recovery. Maybe Michael Carter-Williams will work out to be their point guard of the future. They should hope so, otherwise the name Jrue Holiday will continue to be a sore subject for years to come.

The 76ers have done so much this offseason, and their roster looks much different. If Hinkie can prove he is smarter than the average critic, I will be thoroughly impressed. They certainly have the chance to be a much better team in the near future, it’s just about waiting to see if that pans out.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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