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The Colangelo Snafu Lies at the Feet of the NBA Commissioner


The Sixers investigation into the Brian Colangelo and his supposed burner accounts will wrap up within the current week. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Paul/Weiss law firm is handling the investigation and, according to Woj’s sources, Colangelo has to turn over his cellphones and electronic devices.

While the Sixers have been trying to overshadow this story by announcing the contract extension of Brett Brown and the hiring of Monty Williams as lead assistant, the franchise is still taking heat from fans and the press for the lack of immediate action.

However, it is paramount to remember that the Sixers did not, in a spiritual sense, hire their current General Manager. That would be the league-appointed adviser Jerry Colangelo, who in an act of blatant nepotism and through the suggestion of Adam Silver, hired his son to fill the void after Sam Hinkie quit in an epic fashion.

Notice the keyword “league-appointed.” The NBA, i.e. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, stepped in and gave his good acquaintance Jerry Colangelo a position he would likely never have received in today’s more analytically-driven NBA, while also, indirectly, pushing for his good friend Bryan to become the Sixers GM. According to a 2016 article posted by Woj, who seemingly has his finger on the pulse of this situation, Bryan Colangelo wanted nothing to do with the Sixers.

This is not the first time Silver has meddled in a team’s affairs.

Early on in his tenure as Commissioner, he helped oust former Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for being a racist. He was deputy Commissioner when his mentor David Stern vetoed a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers.

Silver’s interjections into Sixers business could have long-term ramifications. It could very well prevent them from signing Paul George or Lebron James, and inking a long-term deal with Kawhi Leonard if the team decides to pursue him this offseason via trade.

It will be interesting to find out Silver’s reaction when the Paul/Weiss firm releases its conclusions.

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