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Basketball lifer Jerry Colangelo hoping to put some life into Philadelphia 76ers

Basketball lifer Jerry Colangelo hoping to put some life into Philadelphia 76ers

Jerry Colangelo didn't need the headaches of lifting the Philadelphia 76ers from the bottom of the barrel — some would say tank — three years into General Manager Sam Hinkie's unapologetic strategy of trading established players for draft picks to pile up money and assets for an overhaul of the roster.

But Colangelo was intrigued when principal 76ers owner Josh Harris appealed that he share his wisdom and bring gravitas to a team that had become a joke. Colangelo, an energetic 76, was excited enough by the idea to say yes, putting aside duties that include executive posts at USA Basketball and the basketball Hall of Fame and advising Grand Canyon University's business...

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