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Fire Sam Hinkie

Jul 23, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers-Press Conference

The Sixers need a general manager who’s willing to do the most important thing of all: give frequent local media interviews

Sam Hinkie should be ashamed of himself.

He’s been the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers for two months, and in that time he’s given two press conferences and zero radio interviews. His only big interview since the draft wasn’t with a local outlet, but with the NBA. If Hinkie walked into this room right now, I’m not so sure I’d recognize him. A true Philly guy, this guy’s not.

What an insult to the fans of this great city. Reporters and radio hosts are representatives of the fans, and when Hinkie refuses interviews and likely gives lame, weak excuses like “I’m preparing for the draft” and “I’m concentrating on the season” and “I’m not going to tell you my entire offseason plan in advance,” he’s sending a clear message to every Sixers fan: “I don’t care about you.” There’s a reason the Wells Fargo Center has been so empty for so many years.

Say what you will about Billy King, Ed Stefanski, Rod Thorn and Tony DiLeo, but at least those guys visited the WIP studios once in awhile.

The two giants of radio in this town, Howard Eskin and Angelo Cataldi, don’t agree on much, but they’re both understandably irate that Hinkie won’t sit down for interviews with them. In fact, the WIP hosts are pretty much unanimous, except for the late-night fill-in guy.

Yes, we all loved the moves the Sixers made on draft night. But how much more fun would it have been if we as fans had seen it coming in advance? Imagine if Hinkie had gone on the morning show a few days before and told Angelo that yes, we’re willing to trade Jrue Holliday and yes, we’re only going to do it if we can have Nerlens Noel and a future first-round pick.

Hinkie could have shown us, the greatest fans in the world, that he trusts us, and given us all kinds of excitement coming into the draft. It would’ve been Sixers fans’ little secret, and all the more exciting when it finally happens.

We need a real GM in this city, someone who’s willing to talk to the fans about his moves and trust us in advance with his draft and free agency strategy. Because in two years, when the Sixers’ roster has two high first round picks each from the 2013 and 2014 drafts as well as copious cap space, it’s paramount that team be led by a GM who knows what he’s doing and, more importantly, is willing to give honest, candid interviews regularly to local TV, radio and print outlets.

So fire Sam Hinkie, hire Allen Iverson as GM and Dikembe Mutombo as coach, and we’ll be good to go.

Other Philly sports takes:

- All right, I’m excited to be here in Lehigh for another exciting year of Eagles training camp! No traffic on the way up, and I found a nice, cheap hotel room and everything. My only question is, where is everybody?

- I love the Flyers’ hiring of Ron Hextall. We all love the Broad Street Bullies, but let’s face it- this team has been living in the past of its ’70s legacy for way too long. So I’m glad they’re now, at last, embracing their ’80s legacy.

- If Taylor Swift wasn’t able to play in the rain at the Linc, I don’t have much hope for this year’s Eagles team.

- Soccer rioters in Brazil murdered a referee and mounted his severed head on a spike? I never want to hear a bad word about Philly fans again.

- The Phillies may be under .500 and looking in every way like they’re on their last legs, but I still say they should be buyers, just to be on the safe side. Jesse Biddle for Alfonso Soriano. Maikel Franco for Jake Peavy. If they’re going to make a run, the Phils need some veteran leadership.

- There are times when we, as sports fans, get cynical. We question whether the good days are gone for good, and our hopes and dreams as fans are dying or dead. But then Demetress Bell signs with the Cowboys, and our faith is once gain restored.

FakeWIPCaller wrote this post. You can follow FakeWIPCaller on Twitter.

  1. Captain_Awesome - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    From the moment I saw this on my FB feed, I thought “Somebody needs to stop listening to Angelo”. Then I clicked and saw the author. Well played.

  2. mproach - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    That’s funny he’s had 2 interviews on 97.5 Both were very well spoken and as informative as possible given the rules of the NBA discussing trades on draft night.

    Guess if you still listen to WIP you don’t hear everything.

    • aladou2 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Try reading it as a joke.

      • mproach - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        I didn’t realize who the author was…

  3. RC - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Best fans in the world according to whom?

    Philly sports fans are a joke and this article is evidence of that. The dude is trying to rebuild your franchise and you want to fire him after 2 months?


    • Matt S. - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      At what point does this article seem like it’s being remotely serious?

    • willh888 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Do you drive a, a dodge stratus

    • SeeOhDee - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      RC = Rectal Cranium

    • Steve - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      The joke is on you and yes, philly sports fans are the best.

  4. Dan - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    This article is a joke right?

    • sooner - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM


  5. Bill - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Brilliant stuff!

  6. jeffrendell - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    And don’t even get me started on his refusal to involve the fans in the coach-hiring process. We deserve a voice!

    • Tony C. - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      When you listen to the fans, you might end up sitting with them. Let the dude do his job.

      • Steve - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        Do you mean sitting at home with them ?

    • nyphilsphan - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Soon, the streets will run red with the blood of Snider, Roseman, Hinkie, and RAJ! The violent overthrow of the current sports regime is ‘nigh for all you Kool Aid Drinkers. The blood in the streets will mix with your Kool Aid to form a sweet flood of revenge!

      Follow me, posters! Brett Morgan! Flyersfanforlife! CharlieGarner22! Paul! and Death From Above!? You’ve returned to us at our finest hour!

      No matter….ONWARD! We shall take our rightful places in the front office! We shall reverse the 2011 NFL draft and take Earl Thomas, as was our RIGHT! We shall Void Ryan Howard’s contract, and the Pence Deal! We shall trade Coburn for Shea Weber straight up! Then, in our most difficult task yet, we will remove McNabb’s hands so he may never air guitar again! Muwahaha! Once we’ve wrested total control over the Sixers Organiation, we will immediately cut Nerlens Noel (AKA JEFF RUTLAND 2.0 LOLOL) and kidnap Jrue back from The Pelicans!

  7. dre - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    who the fuck cares if he interviews often or not? oh boo fuckin who that it doesn’t make him a “Philly guy” in your eyes. The guy wants to keep his ideas and possible transactions private at the time – good for him for not folding to philly media pressure.

    You think the Heat fans complain their GM doesnt hop on the radio more than once a month? Win and there are no issues – unless you’re FakeWIPcaller. Let’s see how this circus performs before calling for the GM’s head. Unreal

    • willh888 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM


    • Jason R. - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Swing and a miss

    • nyphilsphan - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Unreal…would you also say it was “literally unbelievable”? :)

  8. mikey miss - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    HAHAHHA “the two giants of radio in this town, Eskin and Cataldi” OMG IM DYING STOP

  9. Tony C. - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Great article!!! Love the sarcasm. Totally had me pissed at first. Until I read the bit about Iverson and Mutumbo. Well done!

  10. IlliniGlory - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Really enjoying these pieces from the Level recently… first the Bynum “pitch” meeting and now this.

    Well played, well played.

  11. Jason R. - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    It’s says “Posted by Enrico” on my mobile version of this article, I was so scared.

    • Jason R. - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Didn’t read through the comments at first, how are we almost 50/50 as far as people that got it and people that didn’t…?

      That’s a bit embarrassing

  12. Dave in Seattle - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    He did an interview w Anthony and Rob Ellis on WIP post draft. I thought it was a good one. If you want to hear it check out their podcast. Not sure where you’re doing research for your articles.

    • Dave in Seattle - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Edit: I’m an idiot

  13. David Breslin - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    The troll is strong with this one!

    Love the article.

  14. nyphilsphan - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Fake WIP caller has become a great satirical voice, trashing both the hysterics of the negadelphia crowd AND the Philly Media.

    We have our very own Onion-level satire that’s only funny to Philly fans (who get the joke- just like The Onion is only funny to the people who realize none of the articles are real…..).

    Soon you have your own one of these, FakeWIPCaller!:

    Anyone who treated this like a serious article needs to go to that website and check out what happens when you aren’t in on the joke..

  15. phillyroni - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Yes,, because the media is the most important part of any sports team,, at least in this city.
    Actually Hinkie should take someone from the media home every night.
    Great article…..

    • aladou2 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      (the article was meant as a joke)


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