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October 29, 2011 by staff
Nba New Jersey Nets, NETS General Manager Billy King, who joined the franchise in July 2010, never played a minute in the NBA. But he did spend four years of frustration opposition crimes Duke University in Durham, North Carolina King’s efforts culminated in the recognition as Defensive Player of the Year National (1988) and the experience affected their attitudes as a basketball executive . NJNets.com that explores the history of this unique feature.
Twenty years after the last meeting for the Duke and legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski, General Manager Billy King Nets still playing good defense. Joking with a writer from the NBA on Twitter, King quickly responded to an accusation of diving: “These were charges on my man.”
Behind his desk, set against a blackboard in a sunny corner office PNY Center in East Rutherford, King laughs. He knows that will not stop thinking. Not when you are in the No. 2 all-time the Blue Devils’ list of charges taken. Not when his then-record of 63 lasted 13 years before being interrupted by Shane Battier, a defender so remarkably good (annoying?) Was nicknamed “The No-Stats All-Star” by The New York Times Magazine.
“That was mine,” says King. “I could not shoot, so I had to play defense. If I wanted to play for Coach K, if I was to enter the court, which had to do something to be done to me could not take off him, and was going to play defense. I looked at the role as vital as the grade of paper (your partner) Danny Ferry. I always think there’s a role that, what took charges and did everything I could . I was looking at developing, in any sport – especially a team sport – do what it will take for the team win. ”
That attitude permeates King NBA team building as an executive, an effort that includes the construction of a literal “team” in both sports and cliché-Definition1 concept.2 Arriving in New Jersey, when explorers referred to a given player ( s) could not ‘t shoot, King redirected attention to the needs of equipment for the defense and rebound and so the list offered in these areas. Instead of building an All-Star team, was devoted to the creation a supplementary list in which each player is as vital as any other.3
The basis of this attitude was made at Duke in Durham, North Carolina, but the King attended almost near UNC-Chapel Hill. After seeing Michael Jordan win the NCAA championship in 1982, the king imagined himself playing on the floor of the “Dean Dome.” However, Carolina began to cool their recruitment, pulling back as more prestigious options began to sign.
King is not yet say why I mentioned it to Coach Krzyzewski during a call, but it was a future when everything went. Krzyzewski told the king that if he still wanted to play for Carolina, which now was the time to pick up the phone and start recruiting.
Realizing that offers advice to someone who had his best interest in mind, the king knew then that he and Mr. Duke Blue White4: “I think (Krzyzewski) was honest with me and we have developed a relationship where he could be honest with me, I they still have that relationship now see it as the same thing with the players (now). I try to develop that relationship where you can be honest with them and do not take the wrong path if they are given advice. ”
Krzyzewski skills of communication, and that of his staff, he helped the king and his high school classmates standouts5 find – and accept – their roles in a team that already has the groundwork for a 1986 Final Four appearance: Mark Alarie, Tommy Amaker Jay Bilas, Johnny Dawkins and Dave Henderson. The seniors taught the new students what they needed to know and do to succeed, like others of them, and as the king would do for those who follow. This is why the king feels, Duke has remained a perennial contender.
A first-year mourning the end of the season Georgia Tech6 year helped the king to discover their defensive value. Dawkins relief for a period of five minutes in the second half, King helped to close the highlight of guard Mark Price. I can do this, the king thought. There is an opportunity here.
King focused on the defense, development along Ferry, a friend of the Washington DC area who followed him to Duke next season. Ferry ability to score – he was going to lead the ACC in the last year – lack of fitness supplements king offensive.
“The task of Danny Ferry to score, and their responsibility to score,” says King. “When she went to him, his work, he knew, was added My job was to play defense we have all accepted our role, and there was no animosity, was not saying that I wanted to shoot more because if I -… throw more, lose. ”
Ferry can not help but similar c3acks wise, even when stacking praise: “Our friendship was a part of the reason I ended up at Duke as a player (Billy) was a great teammate and leader I hope that is not helping. . Nets players with two free throws, as it was the only rough part of his game. Billy was a smart player on both sides of the court. It was hard and a proud defender. Billy was a player who helped him win games “.
Krzyzewski helped King win 110 games (against 25 losses) in four years, making two appearances in the Final Four and twice winner of the ACC Championship. The coach remembers more venerable than the king exercises – and still holds – the tremendous leadership, calling him one of the best leaders and communicators to pass through your program.
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