Bryan Colangelo to Michael Barkann: “Are you a doctor now? Am I the GM now? Where am I?”

041016_bryan-colangelo_120076ers general manager Bryan Colangelo appeared to get a little testy yesterday with Comcast SportsNet Philly Sports Talk host Michael Barkann when fielding questions about Joel Embiid’s health.

The high-collared dullard soured after Barkann asked him if he felt it was necessary for the start 76ers center to undergo surgery on his ailing knee and be shut down for the rest of the year.

“Are you a doctor now? With all due respect, medical injuries are injuries that require care and attention. Am I the GM now? Where am I? What am I doing here? How did I get here?” Colangelo thoughtfully added.

After staring at Barkann blankly for the next several moments, Colangelo blinked twice, swallowed hard, and stood up from his  chair and walked off-set, audibly dragging his microphone pack along the ground as several handlers tried to wrangle him back onto the studio floor.

Colangelo crossed his arms and looked at his shoelaces for several moments after being ushered back to his seat.

“When I take information that comes from the medical team, including doctors and the training staff and the physiotherapists, I just wait to see what Mr. O’Neil wants me to tell the reporter people that I have to meet with every week. Then we usually have snack. Tuesday’s are string cheese days, they’re my favorite. Monday is orange day, not as good,” Colangelo added.

“In a case of jumping into someone’s knee to operate, when the circumstances are known but the conditions and how he’s reacting to certain things are still unknown, then I typically just call up my dad and he’ll pick me up from the Wells Fargo Center and drive me home. He lets me listen to Disney Radio for 15 minutes on the way back, but no more or he says I get riled up and won’t sleep that night.”

“What were we talking about again?” Colangelo asked.

At press time, Colangelo was lying face down on the Philly Sports Talk set as his father tried to bribe him out of the studio with a handful of Honey Nut Cheerios.


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