If the architect of Boston’s success is in fact using a burner account, he’s not the only member of an NBA front-office doing so.
Bryan Colangelo, the Philadelphia 76ers’ director of basketball operations, was the subject of an investigation by The Ringer’s Ben Detrick into five secret Twitter accounts that criticized Sixers players and disclosed sensitive information. Colangelo admitted to using one of the profiles, but said he was “not familiar with any of the other accounts.”
One of the accounts, named Still Balling, may have given away the team’s strategy ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft.
“On May 22, six days after the results of the 2017 NBA lottery were announced,” Detrick writes. “Still Balling liked a tweet that advocated sending the no. 3 pick and the 2018 Lakers pick to Boston for the top selection, but without including Dario Saric. If rival teams were aware of this account, it had publicly broadcast the Sixers’ strategy a full month before the NBA draft.”
Three days before the draft, the Sixers completed the trade. Philadelphia sent the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-round pick (which became the 2019 Sacramento Kings selection) to Boston in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick. It was a fairly shocking development, unless you were following Still Balling.
The Celtics connection wasn’t the only Boston nod in the report. A second account linked to Colangelo, this one named Eric jr, went on the attack after a Gabrielle Union tweet about Tom Brady. In February 2017, the actress noted that the Patriots quarterback didn’t visit the White House as Super Bowl champion when Barack Obama was president.
“I sat NEXT to you and [Dwyane Wade] at Beijing Olympics and saw you both being rude nasty to little kid fan,” Eric jr said. “Had to eat yr pizza. … You showed no respect to this little kid, who are you to stand on high grounds? Never looked at DW the same after that.”
The Ringer was unable to confirm that Colangelo was seated next to Wade and Union in Beijing. On Wednesday, Union said that she did not attend the Olympics, and Wade wrote that “clearly Eric Jr lied.”
The Sixers are investigating the allegations against Colangelo.