Jan 6, 2016

J.P. Ricciardi, following Depodesta's lead, leaving Mets to GM Philadelphia 76ers



In a surprise decision, the Philadelphia 76ers have decided to poach the talents of J.P. Ricciardi from the New York Mets to helm the 76ers basketball organization. The Mets, are pleased to receive cash considerations and a player to be named later for Ricciardi.

Initially surprised by the decision, J.P. Ricciardi was quoted as saying "I know nothing about basketball. This must be a mistake." He then started to warm up to the idea.  "The team only has four wins, i'm sure I can help them acquire more players to do better than that. I used to play horse in grammar school so I can definitely give my input to the players on the best places to take shots from. I think its important to get closer to the rim when shooting to make it easier, and also to dunk as much as possible, especially when "on fire" after a boomshakalaka. We will pool our resources to acquire a lot of tall players, because I remember that also being important."

At the press conference Ricciardi was formally introduced to Hip Hop, mascot of the 76ers, who scared Ricciardi out of the room for 15 minutes. After the initial shock subsided, Ricciardi returned to the podium on condition that Hip Hop stand in the corner and look away.

He also announced his first acquisitions as GM:  Randy Johnson, Jon Rauch and Chris Young.