The Philadelphia 76ers announce Bryan Colangelo as their new general manager

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The Philadelphia 76ers aren't in the greatest spot right now, as they prop up the Eastern Conference with a record of 10-70.

A win percentage of .125 sure does hurt, but the franchise has insisted all along that these darker days are necessary for a brighter tomorrow.

Still, the last three years have spawned an overall regular season record of 47-197 and with the glory days of Allen Iverson not that far in the rearview mirror, the Sixers fans are, understandably, growing tiresome.

Sam Hinkie left his position as general manager in Philadelphia last Wednesday, but the organisation is still pushing forward with 'The Process', even if their vision of it has been altered, somewhat.

Hinkie left a 7,000 word, 13-page letter for his employers to notify them of his departure, in which he insinuates his long-term vision for the Sixers was rarely defended in order to stave off copy-cats.

"There has been much criticism of our approach. There will be more. A competitive league like the NBA necessitates a zig while our competitors comfortably zag. We often chose not to defend ourselves against much of the criticism, largely in an effort to stay true to the ideal of having the longest view in the room. Call me old-fashioned, but sometimes the optimal place for your light is hiding directly under a bushel."

However, it's entirely possible that Hinkie felt his influence within the organisation was waning, and he decided to call it a day.

Enter Bryan Colangelo, a former two-time NBA Executive of the Year and one of only two men to ever do so with different franchises.

The 50-year-old, who masterminded Steve Nash's return to Phoenix over a decade ago, has arrived just in time to plot for the offseason and he has assured Sixers fans that things will be changing.

"We're really changing our focus toward winning," Colangelo said. "That's something that's a shift in culture.

"I've outlined for ownership what I think is realistic. This is not about a departure from a process. This is a moving forward with everything that's already been established."

To be fair, Colangelo has around $60m worth of cap space this summer, a lottery draft pick, as well as potentially three other first rounders and the likes of Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embid, all of whom could either command a decent trade or play a part in a successful roster.

"I do think it's been a success," Colangelo said. "We're at a jumping off point now where the organisation is poised to take a major leap forward because of what's transpired over this last few years of what I'm going to call, a measured rebuilding process."

76ers owner, Josh Harris, has insisted that the influence of Jerry Colangelo, who has now stepped down as head of basketball operations and is Bryan's father, had nothing to do with this appointment.

"I went with Bryan because he was the best guy for the job," Harris said.

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