Marlow native Sam Hinkie is the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, who are in the midst of the longest current losing streak in professional sports.
Twenty-six consecutive defeats. Is this part of Hinkie's master plan?
Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about what Hinkie is trying to accomplish in Philly. The Sixers' young core is in a record-setting decline, but it's also a part of a bigger plan, one fostered from Hinkie's days with the Houston Rockets.
From @MikeSielski [1/2] Sam Hinkie: "Since that moment, the most interesting topic in the world to me is how to go from zero stars to one.— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) March 28, 2014
Hinkie [2/2]: "[Getting a star] was the most important challenge available in my last job and in this one. The game is star-driven. Get one"— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) March 28, 2014
Get a star. The Sixers (15-57) are in prime position to do so, one game behind Milwaukee for the worst record in the NBA. With a chance at the No. 1 pick in a loaded NBA draft this summer, the Sixers could get better later by losing now.