Alton Byrd

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Alton Byrd
Long Island Nets
Position Vice President of Business Operations
League NBA G League
Personal information
Born San Francisco, California
Nationality American / British
Listed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Career information
High school Archbishop Riordan
(San Francisco, California)
College Columbia (1976–1979)
NBA draft 1979 / Round: 10 / Pick: 186th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1979–1997
Career history
1979–1982 Crystal Palace
1983–1987 Murray International
1987–1988 Manchester Eagles
1988–1989 Glasgow Rangers
1990–1992 Kingston Kings
1992–1994 Guildford Kings
1994–1997 Crystal Palace
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Alton Byrd (born in San Francisco, California) is an American basketball player who also holds British citizenship. He is the Vice President of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets.

He grew up in the San Francisco area, where he was a high school basketball star. He continued to be a basketball star at Columbia University, where he was one of the best point guards in the country in spite of his small stature. His height was usually officially listed as 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m). He holds the school records for career assists (526) and assists in a single season (210).

After receiving his bachelor's degree from Columbia College in 1979, he attended the Boston Celtics rookie camp, but, suffering with a foot injury, he did not get a contract and joined Crystal Palace of the British Basketball League. During his rookie season, he led Palace to a 50–5 record. He later started for teams in Glasgow, Manchester, Guildford and Kingston.[1] In 1984 he became a British citizen and made his debut for England.[2]

Off the court, he pursued a variety of broadcasting and business ventures, including a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live dedicated to American sports. From 1997 to 1998, he was the general manager of the London Monarchs of NFL Europe, while there he guided the team to rebrand to London Monarchs.[3] In 1999, he returned to the United States to be a Vice President of the Sacramento Kings. He then founded a management consulting company, Clear Focus Communications. In September 2013, the Atlanta Dream hired him as the Chief Revenue Officer.[4] On March 24, 2016, the Brooklyn Nets hired Alton Byrd as the Vice President of Business Operations.[5]

References

  1. ^ https://memim.com/alton-byrd.html[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ https://memim.com/alton-byrd.html[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-17. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-30. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-30. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  • "From Columbia to Britain's "Mr Basketball" to the NBA". February 2001. Archived from the original on 2007-04-09. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
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