Bryan Colangelo: What A (Not Very) Long (Most Definitely) Strange Trip It’s Been

A man will lose his job. A job he frankly didn’t deserve in the first place.

Since last Tuesday’s The Ringer report linking Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo to five “burner” accounts, Twitter has been ablaze, inviting detectives posing as users to dig deeper into the accounts, which led to the discovery of Colangelo’s wife as the creator. It’s been intriguing for even the most casual of basketball fans, mocking some of the tweets centered on Colangelo’s collar size, but also understanding the seriousness included in some of the personal information revealed about current and former 76ers. After one of the more bizarre sports stories you’ll ever read, Colangelo will lose his job 25 months after he essentially was the only candidate interviewed to replace the iconic Sam Hinkie by his father, Jerry.

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Philadelphia 76ers: Falling Short, and Moving Forward

Facing Boston in the second round felt like a true lose-lose situation. Win and everybody says Boston wasn’t at full strength. Lose and everybody mocks this prematurely anointed 76ers squad. The hype felt out of control. Everything seemed to be happening so fast. One week, the 76ers take out the Miami Heat, becoming Eastern Conference Finals favorites, the next week the Celtics win three straight to take a commanding lead. That’s the beauty of it all. Watching a team try and put the pieces together.

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The TJ McConnell Game

A few years ago, my sister and I had discussions about TJ McConnell. Philadelphia won 10 games McConnell’s rookie year, and it’s not like McConnell impressed that much. Sam Hinkie never addressed the point guard position heading into that season, opting for cheap options like Pierre Jackson, McConnell and Kendall Marshall. Marshall was the presumed starter, but that never really came to fruition due to his ACL injury suffered in Milwaukee. Philadelphia eventually traded for Ish Smith, preventing Philadelphia from being the worst team in the history of basketball. McConnell had some moments, but it became evident he only made a NBA roster because the 76ers wanted to lose games. During NBA Summer League, following his rookie year, is really when those discussions about McConnell began. We both agreed he needed to be better if he had any hopes of making the NBA his career. Neither of us, though, expected him to be this good.

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Ben Simmons Scored A Point

Ben Simmons being a minus 23 in a game didn’t seem possible. Just look at his last couple months. Even though he scored single-digits on more than one occasion, it didn’t seem possible he could play as poorly as he did Thursday night. There was the last regular season game against Milwaukee, but he only played 22 minutes. Simmons only scored six points against the Magic and seven against the Nuggets in March, but he had double-digit assists in those games. He always felt in control of the game, even if his shot wasn’t falling. Thursday night was a different story.

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Review: Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss

I didn’t even know of him until after he died. His sister’s letter on Medium struck a chord someplace deep inside. That was in 2015. Last year I finally watched the entire series of Parks and Recreation (re-watching dozens of episodes since). Then I listened to a podcast he did with Pete Holmes where he openly talks about heroin. He described things so matter of fact throughout the hour-plus listen. Not long after the recording, heroin took his life.

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It’s The Freaking Postseason

The 76ers made the NBA Finals 17 years ago. Since then, Philadelphia has played nine playoff series, losing seven of them. Saturday night the 76ers will host their first Game 1 since April 20, 2003. Head coach Brett Brown says star center Joel Embiid won’t play that game. But Wells Fargo Center promises to rock harder than a Jack White concert regardless.

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