Brandon Williams Rumors
Brandon Williams, who has two children – Bailey, 13, and Remington, 5 – certainly liked what Divac was selling. He ranks No. 2 in the Kings hierarchy and controls day-to-day operations of a club he says “is farther along then the Sixers when I arrived. There are more pieces here.” In contrast to the 76ers, where he oversaw the G-League development affiliate, he will be used more extensively in contract negotiations, trades and the often-contentious discussions with agents.
During the ensuing nine years in the league office – and with strong backing from former Commissioner David Stern and his successor, Adam Silver – his career arc continued to ascend, with one promotion after another. “I had the benefit of working directly with Brandon,” Silver wrote in an email, “and know firsthand why his basketball acumen, experience and management skills are well regarded around the league. He’ll be a terrific addition to the Kings organization.” Among his many tasks with the league, Williams helped craft the “Respect the Game” policy that imposed a dress code and was instrumental in creation of the Replay Center in Secaucus, N.J. Somewhere in there, he also found time to get married, have a baby and graduate from Rutgers law school in 3 1/2 years.
Brandon Williams, who spent the previous four seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, believes the trend is finally going in the right direction for black NBA executives. “Everybody is becoming more conscious,” Williams said. “There is an increased interest in diversifying our roots beyond the team building and the voices, resumes and experience that is around the guys and our communities.”
Brandon Williams: “So I don’t feel like there has been some specific targeting, but I do feel like the result of a lot of open dialogue in conversation has been productive. The Knicks have taken a bold step, which opened an opportunity for me. I hope in some way that the vote of confidence that the guys showed me in Sacramento opens up another opportunity for African-American GMs.”
The Sacramento Kings today hired Brandon D. Williams as Assistant General Manager, according to General Manager Vlade Divac. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.