By Way Of An "Anonymous Source", Sixers' President Bryan Colangelo Has Been Strongly Linked To Five Twitter Accounts Whose Main Purpose Was To Defend His Honor And Trash His Players
TheRinger- In February, The Ringer received an anonymous tip that Bryan Colangelo, the Philadelphia 76ers’ president of basketball operations, had been secretly operating five Twitter accounts. Since then, we have scrutinized and archived those accounts in an attempt to verify the source’s claims that the longtime NBA executive has been using them as a platform to:
To be honest, I'm not even sure where to begin. I guess I would start by telling you to indulge yourself in the entirety of that extensive article from The Ringer, in which Ben Detrick (aka the media member who experienced a rush unlike that of any other NBA insider) receives an anonymous tip and gets sent down a rabbit hole that draws about a baker's dozen blatant connections between Sixers' President Bryan Colangelo and a fistful of burner accounts that both crapped all over members of the team he is currently in charge of as well as released inside information about said team. It's a long read that not only makes Kevin Durant appear self-assured by comparison, but will also leave you clutching your head so as to make sure your mind hasn't actually been blown from your skull. That said, if only because I can't possibly do it justice, it is totally demanding of your time.
We're talking about an USA Basketball-affiliated executive whose appointment was league-influenced spending his free time anonymously responding to his team's beat writers and bloggers on a public forum, by way of five of the worst twitter handles you'll ever come across, in effort to pump his own tires by taking air directly out from under his franchise. Taking into account that the NBA is the greatest soap opera in sports and that 2018 is the golden era of idiotic internet usage, this story still feels so unbelievably surreal that it would take the most creative of minds to conjure it up while penning their Philly sports' fan-fiction.
Oh, and the "anonymous source" might just be the part of this story that takes it from an instant classic as a '30 For 30' to the type of diabolic tale of vengeance that's fit for a full length feature film. The following speculation might be of the reckless variety, but it seems awfully coincidental that both Sam Hinkie and the unnamed person who lit the fuse on this bombshell have a vested interest in the Sixers' management and an expertise in artificial intelligence...
Conspiracy maybe, but you don't exactly need to be wearing a tin-foil hat to see why someone who was undeservedly disgraced might choose one month prior to his masterpiece potentially reaching completion under the supervision of someone else to sabotage his replacement with evidence of a fireable offense. We're mere weeks away from thee most fruitful of free agency period (LeBron James, ever heard of him?) that could, at long last, take a promising young team to a conference powerhouse. To not consider the person who got axed just prior to reaping the rewards of putting that promising young team in place the lead suspect in the leaking of these undeniable links when he clearly has the wherewithal to make them would just be insanely ignorant.
Dare I allege it, but it's damn near likely that Sam Hinkie is the anti-hero involved in choosing the worst (or best, it's all a matter of perspective) possible time to make the man that was given his job look like an insecure and unemployable jabroni. A vindictive and online-based undercutting of a trusted process by someone who knows it as well as anyone? Whew, that's not only one of the greatest potential sports' plots of all time, but also something that Edward Snowden would probably go see in theaters for educational purposes.
It's a pipe dream at best, but imagine Sam Hinkie playing the long game only to resurrect the basketball career he was dishonorably discharged from and reclaiming the right to the throne when 'King James' could be looking to upgrade his. Those are the type of absurdly dramatic circumstances that daytime television is made of, and who produces better soap operas than 'The Association'?
P.S. If nothing else, this was a decent attempt by the Sixers to preemptively wave a set of car keys to distract us. Not successful, but it's the thought that counts...