PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Like Chip Kelly and the Eagles’ ownership, Joshua Harris and the 76ers’ brass was not willing to be patient with their young, innovative, analytical — and maybe too intelligent — leader.
With Jerry Colangelo now involved in his process, Sam Hinkie resigned as general manager of the Sixers.
He did so in the form of this fascinating 13-page letter, remarkably mentioning 14 successful non-basketball people. Here are those 14 people.
14. Atul Gawande
DANVILLE, PA – SEPTEMBER 25: Professor Atul Gawande, M.D. delivers speech during Geisinger Health System A Century of Transformation and Innovation Symposium at Pine Barn Inn on September 25, 2015 in Danville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Geisinger Health System)
Gawande, 50, is a surgeon, writer, a public health researcher, and a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
13. Warren Buffett
OMAHA, NE-DECEMBER 16: Billionaire Businessman Warren Buffett listens to Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton at a Town Hall rally at Sokol Auditorium December 16, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. Clinton has the majority support among Democrats over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images
Buffett, 85, we know. He is the most successful investor in the world and was ranked the world’s third wealthiest person in 2015.
12. Abraham Lincoln
A statue of Abraham Lincoln is seen at the Lincoln Memorial February 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The 16th President of the United States of America and leader of the Civil War.
11. Seth Klarman
SUN VALLEY, ID – JULY 08: Seth Klarman, founder and president of the Baupost Group, a Boston based private investment partnership, arrives for the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 8, 2014 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Many of the worlds wealthiest and most powerful businessmen from media, finance, and technology attend the annual week-long conference which is in its 32nd year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Here’s another not-as-popular name. Klarman, 58, is an American billionaire Hedge Fund Manager who went to Cornell and Harvard.
10. Charlie Munger
404962 01: Warren Buffett (L) and Berkshire-Hathaway partner Charlie Munger address members of the media May 5, 2002 in Omaha, Nebraska following the annual shareholders meeting. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
He is vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, which is controlled by Warren Buffett.
9. Elon Musk
Elon Musk, CEO of US automotive and energy storage company Tesla, presents his outlook on climate change at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Paris on December 2, 2015. / AFP / ERIC PIERMONT (Photo credit should read ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)
Musk is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX. His estimated net worth is $13.5 billion, putting him as the 75th wealthiest person in the United States.
8. James Clerk Maxwell
Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell (1831 – 1879), whose work is considered to have paved the way for Albert Einstein and Max Planck. Maxwell worked as a Professor of Natural Philosophy in Aberdeen and King’s College in London, before establishing the Cavendish laboratory at Cambridge University. During his career he wrote about the kinetic theory of gases, investigated the perception of colour and demonstrated colour photography with a piece of tartan ribbon in 1861. His work studying the nature of Saturn’s rings was only theoretical but was later proved by James Edward Keeler. He is best known for suggesting that electromagnetic waves could be repoduced in a laboratory and for his mathematical rationale of Faraday’s electromagnetic theories. Original Artwork: An engraving by G J Stodard from a photograph by Fergus of Greenock (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
This guy was born in 1831 and died in 1879. He’s a scientist, on the same level as Albert Einstein.
7. Bill James
James, 66, is a baseball sabermetrics guy, who has written more than 24 baseball books.
6. Bill Belichick
FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 18: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots holds up the Lamar Hunt Trophy after defeating the Indianapolis Colts in the 2015 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
It even took Belichick six years before he became a Super Bowl champion head coach.
5. Howard Marks
Welsh author and former drug smuggler Howard Marks, speaks at the funeral of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs at Golders Green crematorium in north London on January 3, 2014. Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs was laid to rest as some of Britain’s best-known criminal figures paid their respects. Biggs’ audacious escape from jail and decades on the run made him one of Britain’s most notorious criminals. AFP PHOTO / POOL/YUI MOK (Photo credit should read YUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images)
Drug smuggler turned author, who has an extremely eventful life.
4. Amos Tversky
Really smart psychologist who studied at Stanford and Michigan. He passed away in 1996.
3. Tim Urban
Another smart psychologist.
2. Lee Sedol
Lee Se-Dol, one of the greatest modern players of the ancient board game Go, speaks at a post-match press conference after the fifth and final game of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match against Google-developed supercomputer AlphaGo at a hotel in Seoul on March 15, 2016.
A Google-developed computer programme had the last word in its machine vs human challenge with South Korean Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol, winning the final game for a sweeping 4-1 series victory. / AFP / JUNG Yeon-Je (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
The fifth youngest to become a professional Go player in South Korean history and ranks second in international titles.
1. Max Planck
Planck died in 1947. He was a famous German physicist involved in shaping quantum theory.