Under new ownership, the New Jersey Nets want to forget about a sorry 2010 NBA season. They should do better than 12-70 this coming 2011 season. After a losing season in the NBA that was capped by a record worst start 0-18, New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov named Billy King as their new General Manager. Prokhorov feels that he would be a great fit with new head coach Avery Johnson. Billy King replaces Rod Thorn, who after 10 years with the Nets is leaving his post on Friday.
In a recent statement, Prokhorov said, “Most importantly, Billy is ambitious. He wants to win. This is what I felt when I met with him and why he will be a strong addition to the Nets organization.”
Although King never won an NBA championship during his tenure as vice president and eventually team president of the Philadelphia 76ers, he has guided the Sixers to playoff appearances from the 1999 to 2003 season. The closest the 76ers got to a championship trophy was when they reached the NBA finals in 2001 wherein they lost to the LA Lakers and its Kobe-Shaq duo.
King should be a welcome addition. However, the current Nets lineup is still far from championship caliber. Long term the prospect seems bright with their roster of talented young players, salary cap space and good draft decisions.