As the Philadelphia Phillies come to Denver to open a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies on Friday night, now seems to be a well-timed moment to ask about “the process” currently underway at 20th and Blake.
If you’re someone who keeps up with sports other than baseball, you are well aware that Denver and Philadelphia have been tied together in plenty of ways over the last few weeks in NBA circles. Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid are considered two of the front-runners for this year’s NBA MVP award in what is becoming a heated race … and heated debate surrounding it. While Jokic is statistically considered the overwhelming choice for the MVP honor (see here and here), there are still plenty of analysts out there who see Embiid as the favorite.
There’s also another discussion when it comes to Embiid and the 76ers, and that’s the mantra of, “trust the process” that has become perhaps as big of a part of recent Philadelphia sports lore as the Philly Special. Embiid has even taken on the nickname of “The Process” as he has been a part of the 76ers’ regeneration from East bottom-feeder to a contender.
Want a quick lesson of “trust the process” and what it means in terms of the 76ers? Here’s a good read on it. It’s part of some of the homework I did before writing this article.
One of the quotes in that article that stuck out to me was from 76ers writer Michael Levin, referring to former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, who first made “process” a buzzword when it came to his franchise:
"“Then Hinkie came through and was like, ‘Here’s what we’re doing, here’s why we’re doing it, sit tight for a few years and it’s gonna be dope.’ And every transaction was in service of that.”"
So how does all of this relate to the Rockies and their current state? Let’s dive in.