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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pete D'Alessandro has wanted a leading role in professional basketball since his father first took him to watch Julius Erving and the old New York Nets on Long Island in the 1970s.

On his 45th birthday, that wish finally came true.

The Sacramento Kings formally introduced D'Alessandro as the team's new general manager Monday, handing over basketball operations to the former Denver and Golden State executive who has spent a lifetime waiting for such an opportunity. He joins coach Mike Malone, hired just two weeks ago by new owner Vivek Ranadive, who said D'Alessandro emerged from the "long and arduous process" of finding a GM as the clear candidate.

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