September 10, 2016 |
Once he arrives in Springfield, Mass., for Friday's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Billy King will find Allen Iverson, embrace him, and pump his hand before pleading with him one more time: Please, Allen, turn your past into your future. He will say what he said to Iverson the last time they were together, when King - once the 76ers' president and general manager - saw Iverson before a Sixers-Brooklyn Nets game at the Wells Fargo Center last season.
June 15, 2016 |
Billie Jean King sat in the side room of a sprawling Villanova home on Friday night. A cocktail party was about to commence outside, part of a Philadelphia Freedoms-directed fund-raiser for Assistance in Healthcare (AIH), a nonprofit that helps local families pay for the cost of cancer treatment. The Freedoms owner would be needed out there momentarily. In the wood-paneled side room, King leaned back on a leather couch. She appeared in no rush as she chatted with a small group of Freedoms staff members.
May 13, 2016 |
CHICAGO - One might think that Bryan Colangelo is way behind in the evaluation process for the NBA draft. After all, the June 23 event will come just 74 days after he was introduced as the 76ers' president of basketball operations. But Colangelo will tell you that he's far from behind. The 50-year-old said he never stopped scouting prospects in college and Europe after stepping down as Toronto's president on June 23, 2013. In fact, the two-time executive of the year said he carried on as if he was still running an NBA team, keeping a close eye on the day-to-day happenings around the league.
May 7, 2015 |
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.
December 24, 2014 |
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.
September 2, 2014 |
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.
June 5, 2014 |
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.
May 17, 2014 |
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.
December 21, 2013 |
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.
September 11, 2013 |
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.