Billy King tried to resign after Allen Iverson’s infamous practice rant
Nets president Billy King was the 76ers general manager when Allen Iverson went on his infamous rant about practice in 2002.
King revealed in a Q&A with The New York Times Magazine that he tried to resign in the aftermath.
You were president of the Philadelphia 76ers when Allen Iverson went on his famous rant at a news conference, responding to criticism that he was skipping practice. What was the back story?
Larry Brown had said he couldn’t coach Allen anymore. Allen said he couldn’t play for Larry, so they had a meeting to clear the air. After the meeting, I thought, Let’s do a press conference so that everybody knows they’re on one page. We did the press conference, and it becomes legendary. You can go online. Everybody imitates it.
It went on for half an hour on live TV. How did you feel?
I called Ed Snider and resigned because I said, ‘This is a disaster.’ Later, Ed said, ‘You’re not resigning.’ I went to the Palm, had some Scotch, and I’m thinking, both of these guys are making a lot more money than I am, they’re in a good situation and this is what I’m dealing with.
King also said in the interview that he had told Kris Humphries and his agent, “We don’t need to be on TMZ.” Humphries was married to reality-TV star Kim Kardashian for 72 days.