Tonight at Xfinity Live, hundreds (if not more) gathered to watch the NBA Draft Lottery under the guidance of Liberty Ballers and the Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast. Michael Levin, who writes for LB and co-hosts RTRS with Spike Eskin, gathered his thoughts in a series of tweets before it all went goes down, and he summed up the post-Hinkie pro-Process mindset perfectly:
“I just woke up from a pre-Lottery nap at my parents’ house in Philly, so I’m groggy enough to rip through a few fire tweets.
This was never about Hinkie. Hinkie’s just a dude. Honestly, fuck him. He’s rich, he’s fine. Process has always been bigger than him. Mainstream sports media hated Hinkie because he didn’t talk to them, and they lazily let that impact how they wrote about the team. Bryan Colangelo has yet to do anything wrong. His dad is trash, and the owners have proven to be mostly spineless, but Bryan deserves a shot.
But with media baldly writing WOW LOOK AT THIS NEW CULTURE columns just bc Colangelo feeds them empty quotes, it’s hard to separate disdain. And now the team — pissed at us for standing by the Process — has turned on its most loyal fans in favor of the lowest common denominators. The Sixers are a business. They do not deserve my blind devotion. If they act like dumb dicks, I would be a dumb dick to support them. I’m not going to “just get over it” because I happen to be from Philadelphia and so do the Sixers. That’s not how this works for me.
So until Colangelo earns my respect for not taking shortcuts–and the owners/CEO stop publicly shitting the bed–I’ll maintain my skepticism. They are living in a house The Process built. Hoping for 1+4 in spite of front office/ownership. For Brett and Joel and Nerlens and Cov and TJ and Hollis and Jerami. But mostly for us. Because we fucking stuck it out when nobody else did, when it sucked, and even though they’re acting like we’re enemies now, we’re still us.
I don’t root for laundry. But I’ll root for The Process proving itself to be right in spite of all the lazy assholes who made it about them. We’ll be here longer than ownership will. We deserve this even if they don’t. So let’s fucking go.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself (I’d probably still just be yelling about Scott O’Neil). Tonight, the Sixers walked away with the number one pick thanks to the man the organization is happy to have buried in their rearview mirror a few miles back. Maybe he wasn’t the guy going forward. We’ll soon know if Bryan is.