They’re actually happening! We were told last week that the Sixers would be interviewing three candidates for the vacant general manager position. But then, we were also told that Sam Hinkie had the full support of management to see his vision for the team through over a long-term time horizon, so it’s always best to operate under an “I’ll believe it when I see it” mentality with this organization.
Nevertheless, interviews have begun. Utah assistant GM Justin Zanik was first up on Tuesday.
A little nugget to report: I'm told Jazz assistant GM Justin Zanik is meeting with Philadelphia 76ers brass today to discuss his candidacy for their open GM slot. The 76ers will also interview Gersson Rosas and Larry Harris for the position this week.— Ben Dowsett (@Ben_Dowsett) September 4, 2018
Six people have endorsed Justin Zanik’s industry knowledge of social media on his LinkedIn page (including one-time Sixer Jeff Ruland), crucial for the role following the Man in the High Collar’s burner account scandal. Seriously though, Zanik has been viewed as part of the next wave of general managers for some time now; he, Rosas, and Harris are all worthy candidates (though we all have our personal preferences among the trio, I’m sure).
We’ll await additional information as these interviews continue over the course of the week. After the summer search mostly involved management dragging their feet and holding a boombox outside Daryl Morey’s window, it’s better late than never when it comes to filling this vacancy. Training camp is three weeks away and interim GM Brett Brown needs to get back to the full-time job of coaching the team.
If the Sixers truly want to have the least amount of scrunity around the decision, they would be wise to announce it at around 8:20pm Thursday night. Something tells me the attention of the Philadelphia sports community will be otherwise occupied at that time.