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Is Billy King a lock for Executive of the Year?


That’s right, I’m doing a prospective Executive of the Year post in September. Training camp doesn’t start for a week. What do you want from me?

Mikhail Prokhorov told reporters this week, via the New York Post:

Prokhorov on the job @bkdefend did retooling the @brooklynnets roster: “I think, I’m sure, I do believe he’ll be the GM of the year.”

via Twitter / TimBontemps: Prokhorov on the job @bkdefend ….

Is this thing a lock? No team will make a greater gain in wins next season. The Timberwolves went up marginally last year so a jump this year is expected but won’t be as dramatic. The Warriors may actually have put together a greater improvement and a smarter long-term roster, but they don’t have the market or starpower that the Nets do. Any other team would be a massive surprise.

So you have to think that King will wind up getting it, just based on team improvement. It’s kind of an odd choice, considering the GMs vote on it, and they all know that long-term the Nets have put a pretty hard ceiling on themselves and it’s not one of a championship. They’ll be great, but it would take moving a massive contract for either an aging or underwhelming player for them to throw in a piece that leads to a championship.

But there’s the other scenario. They just click, and the chemistry makes them an unlikely title contender. I can’t see it happening but God knows that doesn’t mean it can’t come out that way.

And the bigger result may be this: There may be simply no one else who seems like a good choice.

Possible exceptions: Rod Thorn, Masai Ujiri

Note: How amazing would it be if Arron Afflalo jetpacked into a superstar while Glen Davis got himself together and the Magic made a playoff run and Rob Hennigan won? It’s never going to happen, but oh the justice.

Note 2 (Update): If Dwight Howard comes back earlier than expected and the Lakers don’t have any injury issues and they win as many games as is likely. Mitch Kupchak is certainly a strong candidate.

Nets GM says he hasn’t talked to Orlando in a year. Riiiight.

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And now comes the denial of the rumors. Which none of us will believe.

Nets GM Billy King played dumb denied rumors that he is about to pitch Orlando on a Dwight Howard trade for Brook Lopez and picks, reports Howard Beck of the New York Times in this tweet.

Hanging in East Rutherford today, where Billy King says he hasn’t talked to Orlando Magic since February


Right. And Jerry Buss spent the lockout living in a Buddhist monastery.

First off, GMs talk all the time, or their underlings talk all the time. Sometimes though back channels. So this is one of those where King can say he never spoke to them but to suggest the Nets and Magic have not had talks and shared information is ludicrous.

Right now, everybody is talking to Orlando. If you’re not, you’re not doing your job.

Orlando may not be ready to move on a deal yet — they want to convince Howard to stay in Orlando. But until Howard signs an extension or gets traded, rumors are going to swirl around the Magic like they did Denver last year. And you can ask the Nuggets how much that helped the team on the court.

Nets GM Billy King takes trip to see locked-out Deron Williams play in Turkey

Deron Williams, Avery Johnson, Billy King

This is one of those “We wish this wasn’t a story, but it’s probably going to be because the inmates are running the NBA asylum” kind of deals.

So you’re aware that the NBA’s got pretty strict rules about league personnel meeting with, cavorting with, hanging out with, or really being in the same place as NBA players. They told Mark Cuban he couldn’t be at Rucker. They have fined several coaches, owners, etc. So Billy King, the Nets’ GM, has been walking a fine line this weekend in order to avoid such a fine.

From Nets Daily:

Tweeting as if he were leaving bread crumbs across the face of Europe, Billy King arrived in Izmir Saturday afternoon for Deron Williams first away game in the Turkish League.

On Friday, he tweeted that he was on board a Turkish Airlines flight, then Saturday morning, he posted a picture of the Bosporus, that waterway separating Europe and Asia in Istanbul, before finally announcing that Izmir “is a beautiful city”.

Alas, just before the game between Besiktas and Pinar Karsiyaka SK was set to begin, the Nets GM had to tweet bad news: “2 mins to tip off someone breaks the backboard”. Kings image showed a good home crowd at the Izmir sports arena.

via King in Turkey to Watch Williams Who Goes for 24 and 10 in Best Game Yet – NetsDaily.

So King went all the way to Istanbul to watch a player he can’t tweet about, talk to, or have contact with. Props to King, though, for doing something which involves looking to a future when the NBA’s back. This probably puts his mind at ease about Williams’ wrist which had surgery this past summer, especially since Williams dropped 24 -10-4.

Oh, a good basketball line. I’d forgotten how cool those look. (/cries)

Anyway, King won’t be levied a fine, but he’d better lock it up. You know, lock it up.

Nets officials can attend Kardashian/Humphries wedding. If they want.

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The question isn’t if Nets officials should be allowed to attend the wedding of Kris Humphries to Kim Kardashian. Of course they should.

The question is if they really want to.

The league has cleared the path for them to go if they so choose, the Associated Press reports. This is the same thing that was done with Chris Bosh’s wedding and for Mark Cuban at the ESPYs.

Humphries weds the woman famous for… well, being famous (and her reality show) Saturday in California. Nets GM Billy King and other front office people had to get clearance from the league to go due to the “no fraternization during the lockout” rule David Stern put in place. Which would have made for an interesting RSVP response: “Honey, check the box saying I’ll have the salmon if Stern says that is okay.”

Now the Nets brass can go see what promises to be a circus of a wedding. Well, if they can get past the phalanx of paparazzi that will surround the wedding location.

If you’re King, what do you buy Kardashian/Humphries for a wedding gift? I’m guessing a toaster or cooking utensils would go unused in that house.

Humphries is a free agent, by the way. The Nets want to bring him back but there will be other suitors.

Nets betting on Brooklyn, new building to sell free agents

Arena Atrium Barclay Center Brooklyn

Sometimes, franchises need to change from the ground up.

That’s what the New Jersey Nets are doing — new owner (a billionaire Russian playboy), a new star player in Deron Williams (who they are trying to keep) and a new building.

The Nets were showing off that new building — the $1 billion Barclay’s center, set to open in the fall of 2012 — this week, with GM Billy King singing the praises of moving to Brooklyn, according to the Daily News.

“Players say they want to be in New York. Well, we’re going to be in New York,” King said Wednesday during a tour of the construction site with reporters. “We have the best owner, and we’re going to have the best building. We’ll have all the tools. If a guy doesn’t want to play here, he doesn’t want to play in the city…”

“You have (Madison Square) Garden and you have this,” King said. “I would equate this to the United Center in Chicago, and what this did for the area of Chicago. Or the Staples Center, and what it did to that part of L.A. I think this will do the same thing for this area. A lot of people fought it. But I think once it’s built, they’ll realize five or six years from now this area will be booming.”

It’s a good sales pitch. If it will work is another question. There is a lot of history and a reputation to overcome among players, but if the Nets can lure one more star to play with Williams for when they open the new building in the fall of 2012 they may have something.

Let’s just hope the next time the Nets take the court it’s not in this half-built arena.