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December 21, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
It was after midnight on Feb. 24, 2005, when Billy King talked for the first time about the trade that was supposed to resurrect the 76ers. On the campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Evans Hall - the building the Sixers still use as their practice facility - was dark save for the second-floor student lounge above the basketball court. His shirttail untucked and webbed with wrinkles, his eyes rimmed red, King had spent the previous 24 hours negotiating with the Sacramento Kings, finessing the details of a six-player deal to get Chris Webber.
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July 15, 2010 | By PHIL JASNER, jasnerp@phillynews.com
Once out, it can be really hard to get back in. Billy King had lived with that NBA reality since Dec. 4, 2007, when he was replaced by Ed Stefanski as the 76ers' president/general manager. "I experienced it, the highs and lows," King said last night, after being named general manager of the New Jersey Nets earlier in the day. "Some days, I had my head up, other days I would ask myself, 'What went wrong?' But I have a good wife [Melanie] and a good family, and they encouraged me. " The backstory to King's joining the Nets began earlier this summer, when the Nets hired Avery Johnson as their coach.
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April 10, 2006 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fans of the 76ers will be the first to tell you how aggravating it has been to watch their team fritter away a chance at the NBA playoffs over the last five weeks. You can include president and general manager Billy King in that group. King had observed his team lose 13 of 17 games, including embarrassing back-to-back home losses last week to Chicago and Boston, before Saturday night's 89-75 road win over the Bulls moved the Sixers into a tie for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth.
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July 15, 2010
BILLY KING left the Sixers with the same class he displayed for a decade as a team executive. King, who was hired in 1997 as vice president of basketball operations and rose to become team president, was blindsided in December 2007 when the Sixers fired him and replaced him with Ed Stefanski. King had been allowed to direct the most important draft for the Sixers in a decade. He had been allowed to formulate and implement a rebuilding plan for life after a decade of Allen Iverson.
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April 3, 1999 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At the mere mention of youthful 76ers general manager Billy King's name, team president Pat Croce goes into the kind of rousing endorsement he once reserved for selling exercise and fitness to the slothful. "He's going to be a star," vows Croce, the conviction in his voice rising with every word. "I think he should be NBA executive of the year this year the way he has turned this team around. " When King arrived a year ago, he cut an impressive and imposing figure. Six-foot-six with a shaved head, he was smooth, engaging, articulate and thoughtful - as a student he quoted William Shakespeare to convince the Duke admissions director that he had more to offer than simply his skill as a basketball player.
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July 2, 2006 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two of the 76ers' biggest deficiencies last season were defense and rebounding, so president and general manager Billy King went after the guy who is one of the best in the NBA in both areas. On the first day NBA teams could negotiate with free agents, King pulled a bit of a surprise yesterday and contacted the agent for Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace, a four-time NBA defensive player of the year. King also called the representatives for the Sixers' three restricted free agents - John Salmons, Willie Green and Shavlik Randolph - as well as the agent for Washington Wizards swingman Jared Jeffries.
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April 1, 2004 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 76ers finally know for certain that Allen Iverson won't be back for their seven remaining games this season, because of cartilage damage that causes his right knee to swell. In addition, the fans and critics of Iverson also know for certain that his knee really is ailing. Some doubters might still have a difficult time believing it, but that's the kind of strange year it has been for the Sixers' star guard. Iverson wasn't around yesterday to discuss the situation, having performed an end run away from a platoon of minicams during practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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June 27, 2006 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Since the curtain came down more than two months ago on a 76ers season to forget, president and general manager Billy King has been hard at work devising a blueprint for his team to give fans some hope and, yes, silence his critics as well. King has talked about wanting the Sixers to develop more of a blue-collar identity, hustling at the defensive end, diving for loose balls, being tougher than the opponent under the boards, three elements that were certainly lacking from last season's 38-44 squad.
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April 19, 2006 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The folks who paid their hard-earned money to get one more in-person look at 76ers stars Allen Iverson and Chris Webber this season - or maybe ever - didn't see a trace of either player, leading to an evening of intrigue on Fan Appreciation Night. The plot starred Iverson and Webber, who both reported to the locker room last night a few minutes before the Sixers tipped off against the New Jersey Nets. It included somewhat confused coach Maurice Cheeks, and featured angry president and general manager Billy King in a profanity-laced speaking role.
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July 4, 1997 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Their names hardly roll off anyone's tongue, but Billy King, the Sixers' vice president of basketball administration, can't seem to stop praising them. The names of Andy Speiser, Phil Weinberg and Kevin O'Connor were repeatedly mentioned by King when he talked about the eight-player deal the Sixers made with the New Jersey Nets last week. And if someone didn't stop King from attempting to mention every secretary, marketing whiz, clerk, security officer and public-relations employee, he'd surely rattle them off as well.
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May 7, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
After watching Olympic champion Bruce Jenner declare himself a transgender woman during a nationally televised interview last month, Billie Jean King realized her next ophthalmologist visit was going to be a long one. King's ophthalmologist is Renee Richards, the tennis player who in 1975 underwent a sex-change operation to become a woman. "We'll be having a lengthy discussion about it, I can guarantee you that," said King, 71, who became one of the first openly gay sports superstars following a 1981 lawsuit by a former lover.
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December 24, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
I am looking for Andrei Kirilenko, but he is hard to find. This should not be the case because Kirilenko is a 6-foot-9 Russian. He should either be on a basketball court or in a James Bond movie. I have searched the basketball courts and movie theaters. No Kirilenko. The 76ers are not helping at all. They traded for Kirilenko this month and I see his smiling face on the roster page of their website. The blue and red of the team colors have been drawn onto the uniform top he is wearing in the photo.
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September 2, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Courtney Witte, the 76ers' director of player personnel and a fixture in their scouting department for more than a decade, is leaving the Sixers to join the Los Angeles Clippers, two sources confirmed Sunday. Based on information provided by the two sources within the Sixers organization, it does not appear Witte was fired. Rather, he and general manager Sam Hinkie seem to have reached an agreement to allow Witte to take a scouting position with another team. The rest of the Sixers scouting staff will remain intact, one source said.
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June 5, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The final decision was left for Billie Jean King to make, which is just the way she likes it. The Philadelphia team in the brand-new World Team Tennis league was either going to be called the Philadelphia Liberty or the Philadelphia Freedoms. "I thought a lot about it and freedom is just one of the most powerful words in the world. It means so much to me in this country that we have freedom," King said Tuesday during one stop in a media tour to promote July's WTT season. "It had to be Freedoms.
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May 17, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
To the strains of Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom," tennis icon Billie Jean King walked onto the pristine courts at Hunting Park on Thursday and said, "I am a public park kid. " King, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms professional tennis team, was at the park in North Philadelphia to celebrate the reopening of the courts for the season. The revamped courts are important "because this is where the kids are," said King, a native of Long Beach, Calif.
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December 21, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
It was after midnight on Feb. 24, 2005, when Billy King talked for the first time about the trade that was supposed to resurrect the 76ers. On the campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Evans Hall - the building the Sixers still use as their practice facility - was dark save for the second-floor student lounge above the basketball court. His shirttail untucked and webbed with wrinkles, his eyes rimmed red, King had spent the previous 24 hours negotiating with the Sacramento Kings, finessing the details of a six-player deal to get Chris Webber.
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September 11, 2013 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
BILLIE JEAN KING thumped Bobby Riggs 40 years ago. Pounded him, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. Some people might have said she beat him like a redheaded stepchild. Not around Billie Jean, because the phrase reeks sourly of child abuse and prejudice, and Billie Jean was wary of words that hurt, even back then. Beat him like a rented mule wouldn't have been acceptable either, a phrase tainted by animal cruelty, with harsh notes of slavery and sharecropping. But she did beat Riggs handily and the women's movement had a new heroine, a talented, determined athlete with a social conscience.
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September 11, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* SONS OF ANARCHY. 10 tonight, FX. * AMERICAN MASTERS: BILLIE JEAN KING. 8 tonight, WHYY12.   I'D SAY THAT Kurt Sutter rushes in where angels fear to tread, but I don't actually know of any angels working in television. And I don't think the "Sons of Anarchy" creator is anyone's fool. As FX's highest-rated show returns for its sixth season tonight, it's playing with fire - and firepower - even more than usual, with a 90-minute episode whose climax may disturb even its most bloodthirsty fans.
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June 13, 2013 | BY RODERICK BOONE, Newsday
JASON KIDD has reached an agreement to become the next coach of the Brooklyn Nets, according to a league source. Kidd has the framework in place for a 3-year deal and could be introduced at a news conference at the Nets' facility within the next few days, possibly as early as tomorrow. It's a remarkably rapid ascension for Kidd, who just retired last week after 19 seasons in the NBA. The Nets tabbed Kidd, 40, despite his lack of coaching experience, opting to go with the future Hall of Famer over Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw.
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June 10, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
YOU HAVE TO wonder about the lack of urgency new Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie has shown in searching for a head coach to replace Doug Collins. Collins resigned on April 18, opening the door for Hinkie to be hired from the Houston Rockets on May 11. Since then, there has been a lot of talk about how Hinkie might go about putting together a new roster for a team coming off a disappointing 34-48 season, but barely a whisper about who will direct the team once it gets on the court.
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