The great western shooter Billy the Kid was loved by many and feared by all. What made Billy so remarkable was his unpredictability; you never knew what was going to happen. Any key to success are chances; the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. The art of sports is to study, mimic and then destroy. If they have nothing to study due to your unpredictability, no one can ever trace a pattern that you have.
As fans, we tend to forget that the NBA is a business. We fall in love with a team and follow closely as they contend for a championship. What go on behind the doors are off limits to us, and that is when the team is built. If Kwame Brown was to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, fans will find Billy King’s house and burn it down; if Kevin Durant was to sign, we are looking to hug King — see how fickle the business is?
The goal of a GM is to construct a team that they think will win a championship, but they have to do it with a certain amount of funds. If the money is tight, then they have to get creative, but if they have unlimited funds, they go for the big splash. King realized, once Mikhail Prokhorov arrived in Brooklyn, that he was dealing with a different kind of owner. Prokhorov is a winner and wants to crush all NBA owners in the process.
King, seemingly strapped by his previous employers, saw no stop signs and went full steam ahead, giving his all to bring a championship to Brooklyn.
In Brooklyn’s eyes, his biggest decision was bringing in Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and signing Andrei Kirilenko, and you can do that with deep pockets. Being from Philadelphia, the biggest move I saw King make was letting go the heart of the city in Allen Iverson. Fans do not know what goes on behind closed doors, but Iverson still had gas in the tank, and it was not a smart move.
As the Nets get ready to begin their march towards a championship, they are held responsible for the success or failure of the season by the public eye. On the management side of the coin, King is responsible for the success or failure of this team. No matter if the owner has deep pockets or not, no one wants to waste money. We see the players as having to face pressure — can you imagine the nail biting cold sweats for King as this season starts?
I am hoping for success; he built a contender, but injuries are unpredictable, chemistry is important and winning is a privilege. That’s why I loved Billy the Kid; as unpredictable as he was, his one goal was to be the best.