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Billy King

Senior Partner

Modern’s emphasis on providing opportunities for diverse candidates and doing all they can to really make a difference for the underserved communities through charitable giving is truly differentiating and, quite frankly, a game-changer for me.

Billy King is a Senior Partner in the Sports, Media & Entertainment Practice at Modern. He brings broad experience in coaching and management at the highest levels of professional and collegiate sports.

Prior to joining Modern, Billy was a co-host of The WIP Morning Show in Philadelphia and a studio analyst for NBATV. Along with his radio and television hosting duties he was President of Elfus Sports, where he worked as an agent for basketball coaches and general managers. Previously, Billy was the President of ReachMe Sports, a division of ReachTV based in Los Angeles.

Billy was the General Manager of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers (1998 - 2003) and helped guide the team to five consecutive playoff appearances including an appearance in the 2001 NBA Finals. Billy later added the duties of Team President (2003 - 2007) in a dual capacity. He later served as GM of the Brooklyn Nets (2010 - 2016), where he oversaw all aspects of the team’s basketball operations.

Prior to becoming an NBA executive, Billy was an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers for four seasons. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Illinois State University from 1989-1993.

Billy was an outstanding defensive player for Mike Krzyzewski’s (“Coach K”) nationally ranked Duke Blue Devils teams in the late 1980s and was honored to be recognized with the 1987-88 National Defensive Player of the Year award his senior season.

He was inducted as a charter member into Duke University’s Hall of Honor in 2001. In 2003, Sports Illustrated named Billy one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports,” a list that included “men and women that are reshaping the sports industry and opening doors through which others will follow.” Billy also was honored by the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame as the NBA Executive of the Year in 2003.

Billy currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Resilience Foundation. He has also served on the Board of Alex’s Lemonade Stand since its inception in 2004 and on the Board of Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

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