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Billy King (basketball)

Billy King
Medal record
Men’s Basketball
Competitor for 23x15px United States
Summer Universiade
Silver medal – second place 1987 Zagreb National team

Billy King (born January 23, 1966) is the general manager of the Brooklyn Nets, and former general manager and team president of the Philadelphia 76ers. King grew up in Sterling, Virginia where he played basketball at Park View High School, and 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. King 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 year contract to stay with the team for an extended term. On May 26, 2003 he was named President along with General Manager. He married Melanie Lynn Frantz on August 27, 2005.

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.

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