PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Sam Hinkie, President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, speaks with the media during a press conference on June 27, 2014 at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Fans of the 76ers know the mantra: Trust the process.
That's what GM Sam Hinkie has been selling to the fan base, and for the most part, the die-hards have bought in.
If Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel turn out to be cornerstones, and if Joel Embiid can one day get on the court and reach his All-Star potential, then maybe all of the losing will have been worth it. But it's getting tougher and tougher to simply trust the process.