With Sam Hinkie’s Process embarrassing the NBA and costing the league money due to the 76ers tanking in a large market, NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly pushed experienced executive Jerry Colangelo onto Philadelphia. Hinkie left. Jerry Colangelo oversaw a search that ended with his son, Bryan Colangelo, becoming team president. Bryan and Jerry patted themselves on the back for fixing the 76ers’ culture.
More than one person who spoke to PhillyVoice on the condition of anonymity suggested Jerry Colangelo tried to intervene on Bryan’s behalf, threatening to interfere with club relationships around the league.
At the 76ers ownership press conference announcing the move, primary owner Joshua Harris denied this report, saying that Jerry Colangelo cooperated with the investigation.
If this report is true, I don’t see how Jerry, who holds the title of “Special Advisor,” can remain with Philadelphia. Disagreement between executives can be healthy, but that sounds poisonous. However, it sounds like Harris wants to keep the elder Colangelo around the organization.
So much for the Colangelos stopping the 76ers’ from being a public embarrassment.