Billy King joins WIP radio in Philadelphia
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former NBA GM Billy King is back working in Philadelphia. However, he is not working with a sports team.
King will join WIP Sports Tao radio in the near future. He will co-host with Angelo Cataldi once or twice a week, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“The great Billy King will be in studio,” Cataldi told listeners Tuesday morning. “And then he’ll probably rethink the thing and never come back.”
He joins the radio station when the Philadelphia 76ers have high expectations. The team is considered one of the favorites from the Eastern Conference to reach the NBA Finals.
In addition, this announcement comes after the radio station parted ways with Hollis Thomas, a former member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
King joined the 76ers in June 1997 as their Vice President of Basketball Administration. One year later, he was the team’s General Manager.
More than a decade later, he was replaced as the team’s decision-maker. He was fired in December 4, 2007 and replaced by former New Jersey Nets General Manager Ed Stefanski.
“The timing of it was a surprise more than anything,” King told the Inquirer at the time. “I don’t look at this as being the fall guy. I look at it as they had a decision to make.”
In July 2010, he was named the Brooklyn Nets General Manager. He replaced the team’s President and GM Rod Thorn.
King was reassigned from that position on January 10, 2016. Former San Antonio Spurs Assistant General Manager Sean Marks eventually was hired to replace him on a full-time basis.