The Sixers are moving ahead in their painful rebuild without Hinkie, the general manager who methodically turned the organization into one of the worst in professional sports. The new era comes a day after Hinkie informed the team he was leaving via a 13 page letter that was littered with references to Abraham Lincoln and flightless birds. "He obviously felt like this was not something he wanted to be a part of," coach Brett Brown said Thursday. "He didn't want to be a part of the collaborative effort." Brown decided to stick out this elongated rebuild and was rewarded earlier this season with a contract extension. Hinkie was hired by owner Josh Harris in 2013 to find a creative way to turn the Sixers into winners. Hinkie's plan -- gut the roster of any solid NBA talent, shred payroll and stockpile draft picks to build for the future -- had the initial backing of ownership. The 76ers went 19-63 in his first season and 18-64 last season. Season 3 has been worse, even by those miserable standards. The Sixers hold the worst record in the league at 10-68.