As many of you may have heard, Hinkie, the GM of Sixers resigned abruptly the other day. I think this is potentially great news for Jeremy Lin, since I’m hoping that Lin can be the starting PG for the Sixers next season. I haven’t really thought too much about free agency, but at this point, Sixers is my top pick for Jeremy Lin. I thnk Lin will fit right in with the players they currently have and, of course, D’Antoni is also there as their associate head coach.
What’s great about Hinkie leaving is that Hinkie was Morey’s #2 in Houston. He’s basically Morey’s (AKA “Devil Money”) clone, who also appears to have a big ego, according to this story regarding his abrupt resignation. Apparently, Hinkie resigned because they wanted to bring in someone else that he would partner up with as essentially co-GM, since they saw Hinkie more as a numbers guy, who lacked others necessary skills that are required to run a team and recruit free agents, etc. Hinkie saw this as a demotion, which it probably was, and so he decided to take his toys and go home, but not without writing a 13-page resignation letter. Sounds like a bit of an egomaniac, which is not surprising, since Morey was also an egomaniac. The other reason I’m very glad Hinkie left is that, like Devil Money, he’s all about shooting threes and layups and despises the mid-range game.
While we’re on the subject of the Toxic Rockets, I’m embarrassed to admit how happy I am to see them lose to the Suns yesterday, nearly pushing them out of the playoff race for good! There is no other sports organization I hate more than the Houston Rockets. Everything about the Rockets is despicable. It’s a toxic organization full of dirty, low character, low basketball IQ, selfish players (Ball Hargen), management (Devil Money), coaches (McFale), fan base (Klu Klutch Fans) and media outlets (Jonathan Faken). I don’t know how anyone can root for such awful people to win. They’re complete garbage in every way and I’m so glad they’re getting everything they deserve.
Okay, now that I got that off my chest, back to the main subject of this post. So, yeah, Hinkie’s resignation is great news for Jeremy Lin, since he would have messed up Lin’s game as much as Morey did. Lin used to have a great mid-range, short-range game until he joined the Houston Rockets. Now, he’s slowly getting it back, but I think he might have gotten too brainwashed in Houston and still doesn’t utilize his mid-range and short-range game as much as he should and as much as he is capable of. If Lin joined the Sixers with Hinkie at the helm, he would have been forced to go back to just shooting threes or layups, which is too one-dimensional for a versatile, creative player like Jeremy Lin.
The other awesome piece of information I found out from Nathan Gottlieb, a mutual follower on Twitter and someone who used to cover the New York Knicks, is this:
It’s great news that the new Sixers GM, Bryan Colangelo, used to be with the Phoenix Suns when MDA and Nash was there. The more MDA personnel we can get on Sixers, the better it is for Jeremy Lin. I’m hoping Colangelo shares MDA’s views on Jeremy Lin and signs Lin as their new starting point guard. Sixers’s current starting PG is Ish Smith. Here’s an article from from someone who covers the Sixers who thinks Lin is the best option to replace Ish Smith. Hopefully the Sixers organization agree.
The other thing that makes the Sixers my top prospect for Jeremy Lin is that their current coach used to assist the GOAT coach Gregg Popovich. I think Lin running a fast-paced (MDA/Popovich hybrid) offense and tons of PnRs with Noel would be enough to turn the Sixers into a playoff team next season. It’ll also be fun basketball to watch. I really hope all the pieces are now in place for Jeremy Lin to join the Sixers next season and FINALLY be given the keys to the offense.