The Sixers are entering year three of a full-on rebuild, completely and openly jettisoning regular-season wins in favor of developing talent and stockpiling draft picks. Under normal circumstances, after two seasons with as few wins as they’ve had, GM Sam Hinkie and head coach Brett Brown would be in serious trouble. But owner Josh Harris said this week that he supports the rebuild — trusts the process, if you will — even if he wishes it would go faster.
Via the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Keith Pompey:
Once again, the billionaire businessman said he has no desire to sell the franchise and supported third-year coach Brett Brown. Harris also reiterated that he supports the multiyear rebuilding process that requires sacrificing wins.
“I think we are making progress,” Harris said Thursday at Stockton University, where the Sixers were participating in training camp. “I’m an impatient person at heart. I would rather get to the end point as fast as possible.
“But at the same time, the goal is still the same goal: to be an elite extremely competitive team that goes deep in the playoffs.”
It’s good that Hinkie has the support of ownership for his plan, even if it sacrifices wins and revenue in the short term. And going into this season, things don’t look to be any different on the court for the Sixers. Another season of a lot of experimentation and not a lot of wins looks to be in the cards. Next year, maybe they’ll get their franchise player. Maybe it’s a healthy Joel Embiid, maybe it’s Dario Saric, maybe it’s someone they land in next year’s draft. For all his professed patience right now, it will be fascinating to see how long Harris is willing to let this play out before he expects to start seeing results.