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Do You Have Sam Hinkie's Stupid 13-Page Resignation Letter? Give It.

Photo via Matt Rourke/AP.
Photo via Matt Rourke/AP.

Philadelphia 76ers GM Sam Hinkie resigned this evening, after 76ers ownership attempted to reduce his role even further and bring in additional front office executives.


But more interesting than the resignation—which everybody saw coming four months ago—is the manner of the resignation. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Hinkie resigned via a 13-page letter:

In a 13-page letter to members of the Sixers’ ownership group, obtained by, Hinkie wrote: “There has been much criticism of our approach. There will be more. A competitive league like the NBA necessitates a zig while our competitors comfortably zag. We often chose not to defend ourselves against much of the criticism, largely in an effort to stay true to the ideal of having the longest view in the room.

“... Given all the changes to our organization, I no longer have the confidence that I can make good decisions on behalf of investors in the Sixers — you. So I should step down. And I have.”

Thirteen pages! What the hell could Hinkie have possibly written about for 13 pages? I have no idea, but I sure want to find out. Unfortunately, Stein only saw fit to include that small excerpt above.

Are you Sam Hinkie? Sam Hinkie’s agent? Marc Stein? 76ers principal owner Josh Harris? A member of the 76ers front office? A reporter who has the letter but can’t publish it for fear of outing a source? If so, send the letter to us!

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Reporter at the New York Times