GM Billy King signs contract extension

Billy King talks to the media after being

Billy King talks to the media after being introduced as the New Jersey Nets general manager, replacing Rod Thorn. (Credit: AP, 2010)

CHICAGO - Billy King's new pact is done. The Nets announced Friday that they've inked their general manager to a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed.

King, whose original deal was set to expire this summer, was the man behind assembling the Nets' roster for their inaugural season in Brooklyn. His two biggest moves were trades for Deron Williams -- and getting him to re-sign -- and Joe Johnson."Billy has been a great asset to the Nets' organization over the last three years," Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. "He has shown he is not afraid to be bold and take risks, and, as a result, we have a playoff team with a world of potential. We are glad we will have the opportunity to continue our work together and realize that potential."

Added King: "I am anxious to continue working hard for Mikhail Prokhorov and the Brooklyn Nets."

Encouraged JoeA day after needing a cortisone shot in his left foot to calm the plantar fasciitis enough so he could play, Johnson was encouraged by his pain level.

"It actually feels a lot better than I expected," he said. "I really didn't have a problem getting out of bed this morning. I just think as each day goes by, it gets better and better. It is a little tough and frustrating at this point."

Johnson seems resigned to dealing with the injury for the rest of the playoffs.

Confused Gerald

Gerald Wallace said last week that he came into this season confused about his role on the team. Apparently, that's still the case. Wallace remains perplexed.

"I don't know. I couldn't tell you my role, man," he said. "I don't know still what my role is."

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