Billy King (basketball)

Billy King
Medal record
Men’s Basketball
Representing  United States
Summer Universiade
1987 Zagreb National team

Billy King (born January 23, 1966) is the former general manager of the Brooklyn Nets, and former general manager and team president of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Early life

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

College years

King 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.

Post playing career / coaching / front office

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 slots casino proposed for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] 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.[2] As of January, 2009, the casino still does not have a building permit.

On Tuesday, December 4, 2007, the 76ers replaced King with former New Jersey Nets general manager Ed Stefanski.[3]

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.[4]

Personal life

King married the former Melanie Lynn Frantz on August 27, 2005. They have three children, a daughter, Natane, a son, Reggie, and a daughter Emrey


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