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‘Built to Lose’ Author Jake Fischer on Tanking, Sam Hinkie, and Uncovered Stories of the Process-Era Sixers



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Phoenix didn’t think it would be Devin Booker being the guy, but they get Booker and DeAndre Ayton and they get Chris Paul and they’re now one of the top teams in the West. People want to know ‘Was it worth it?’ and ‘Does it have merit?’ And I think Sam’s detractors can point out and Nerlens and Jahlil Okafor and then even the whole Markelle Fultz situation, even though that happened after Hinkie’s tenure. Why do you think that is? Is it because Presti and other GM’s who are tanking are just more willing to play the game than Sam was?

I think they’re more willing to play the game.

Finally, I’ll ask you the unanswerable question: how do you think things would have played out if Sam Hinkie was never usurped of his power and forced out?

I think Sam is one of the most brilliant people I’ve spoken with – let alone NBA people I’ve spoken with.

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