Joel Embiid has yet to play in an NBA game but his social media presence already rivals that of his peers.
In a recent Instagram post, the young big man took the time to pay tribute to Sam Hinkie, the Philadelphia 76ers‘ former general manager, calling the former executive the GOAT and capping off his Instagram post with the hashtags #trusttheprocess and the oddly apt #hediedforoursins,
As you can see, Embiid used his social media savvy to honor Hinkie.
Sam Hinkie led the Sixers on an extended rebuild, collecting draft picks as if they were Pokemon. During his tenure, he masterminded the acquisition of head coach Brett Brown and top prospects Nerlens Noel, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, and Jahlil Okafor. His mantra “trust the process” helped players and fans come to terms with the team’s consecutive losing seasons.
Hinkie resigned last April after feeling like he was being frozen out of the franchise’s daily basketball operations. His dauntless efforts to obtain the best chances for a number one pick paid off this year when the Sixers, with a 25% chance, managed to get the top pick and used it to select Australian phenom Ben Simmons.
Embiid is right to be grateful. The embattled general manager may no longer be with the Sixers but the team will continue to reap the fruits of his labor. People may debate his methods but in doing what he did, Sam Hinkie gave the Sixers a solid foundation to build on.