NBA: Charles Barkley Rips 76ers GM Sam Hinkie on Analytics

Charles Barkley isn’t exactly impressed with how Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie is building his ballclub. 

Barkley let loose and unloaded on Hinkie in a Tuesday morning interview on the WIP Morning Show with Howard Eskin, Rhea Hughes and Al Morganti, via CBS Philly. 

“And also I had a problem with — if I’m a coach I would want to have some say in the draft. I would want to have some say in the draft. These are all Sam Hinkie’s people who they drafted this year. He traded one of the better point guards (Jrue Holiday) in the NBA, yeah I have a problem with the way the Sixers are running their organization right now.

“Listen, Howard, you know I don’t believe in that analytical crap. If LeBron James couldn’t spell ‘cat,’ I want him on my team. I always tell people, ‘Give me a dumb guy that can really play. Don’t give me no smart guy.

“The guy (Hinkie), he came from Houston. When did Houston get good? When they went out and paid James Harden all that money and [Omar] Asik, and now they went out and got Dwight Howard. That’s got nothing to do with analytics, that’s got to do with paying really good players to come to town.” 

Brett Pollakoff of NBC Sports points out Hinkie used to be part of the Houston Rockets organization working under general manager Daryl Morey. Morey happens to know a thing or two about analytics, something which Barkley isn’t so fond of in terms of putting together a winning team.

As a refresher, the Sixers acquired Kentucky Wildcats freshman Nerlens Noel in June from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Holiday. According to the Associated Press,”Hinkie traded the Sixers’ best player and acquired a big man to go along with a bounty of draft picks for next season.” 

In the interview, Barkley also took a swipe at the way the Sixers treated former assistant coaches Aaron McKie and Michael Curry, saying, “They treated those assistant coaches bad.”  

Barkley himself said it was new Philadelphia coach Brett Brown who fired McKie and Curry recently, when in fact it would have been better for them to have been dismissed earlier so they can seek better jobs elsewhere. 

This isn’t the first time Barkley has taken a shot at the Sixers organization. Last month, he referred to them not having a coach this deep into the offseason as “one of the silliest things I’ve seen in sports in a long time.” 

The head coaching position has since been filled on August 14 by Brown, a former San Antonio Spurs assistant coach. 


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