Billy King (basketball)

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Billy King
Medal record
Men’s Basketball
Representing  United States
Summer Universiade
Silver medal – second place 1987 Zagreb National team

Billy Matthew King (born January 23, 1966) is the former general manager of the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers professional basketball teams, as well as former team president of the Philadelphia 76ers. As GM of the Nets, King's legacy in the NBA was hurt by a series of oft-criticized trades that were deemed among the "worst in league history".[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

King grew up in Sterling, Virginia where he played basketball at Park View High School.

He received a scholarship to play at Duke University and wore jersey number 55. He was known primarily for his tough defense. In his senior season, he served as a captain of Duke's 1988 Final Four team and was named NABC National Defensive Player of The Year.

Post-playing career[edit]

King served as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers for four seasons under Larry Brown. He joined the professional ranks after spending four seasons as an assistant at Illinois State University under Head Coach Bob Bender. King also spent one year as a color analyst for ESPN's men's basketball coverage of the Ohio Valley Conference.

King then joined the 76ers on June 2, 1997, as Vice-President of basketball administration. On May 19, 1998, he was promoted to General Manager, and on April 5, 2000, he signed a new contract to stay with the team for an extended term. On May 26, 2003 he was named President along with General Manager.

In 2005, King and other individuals became prominent investors in a Foxwoods slot machine casino proposed for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4] In September 2008, facing massive opposition at the originally proposed waterfront location, backers for the slots casino decided to seek a new location in the Center City area, next to Philadelphia's Chinatown community.[5] As of January 2009, the casino did not have a building permit.[citation needed]

On Tuesday, December 4, 2007, the 76ers replaced King with former New Jersey Nets general manager Ed Stefanski.[6]

On Wednesday, July 14, 2010, King was hired as a general manager for the New Jersey Nets, replacing former Nets president and general manager Rod Thorn.

On January 10, 2016, it was announced that the Nets had reassigned King.[7] His position would be replaced by former NBA player and San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Sean Marks.

Personal life[edit]

King married the former Melanie Lynn Frantz on August 27, 2005. They have three children.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/14545999/billy-king-era-comes-merciful-end-brooklyn-nets
  2. ^ http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/nets-fans-should-give-billy-king-a-pass-012417
  3. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/nets/worst-trade-back-nets-celtics-deal-2013-article-1.3255407
  4. ^ "Overview". foxwoodspa.com. Archived from the original on August 23, 2009. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "DiCicco gets earful at Foxwoods forum". planphilly.com. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "Source: Stefanski replaces King as 76ers' general. King is now working for NBA TV as an in studio analyst on Monday nights. manager". Retrieved December 4, 2007.
  7. ^ "Nets Part Ways With Head Coach Lionel Hollins". NBA. January 10, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2016.