Sacramento Kings History
The Sacramento Kings moved west to their current home of Sacramento , California , in 1985. The Kings struggled throughout most of the early 1990's and barely made it into the playoffs in 1996. Eventually the team was sold to the Maloof Family, who changed the direction of the team.
With the draft selection of Jason Williams, the signing of Vlade Divac, and the trade of Mitch Richmond for Chris Webber as well as the arrival of Peja Stojakovic brought massive change to the team. Following these acquisitions, the Kings rose throughout the NBA ranks and became a persistent playoff contender. Led by new head coach Rick Adelman they became NBA darlings and made fans outside of California , and even around the world, all who were captivated by Williams's amazing passing abilities and Webber's sharp all-around game. Even though they were talented and successful they were still a young team and were in the end defeated by more experienced teams in the playoffs.
In 2001, they won their first playoff series in twenty years by defeating the Phoenix Suns 3-1, but then were beaten by the Lakers, who went on to win the NBA championship. In July 2001, Petrie traded starting point guard Jason Williams to the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies for point guard Mike Bibby and with the addition of Bibby, the Kings had their best season to date in 2001-02 as they finished with a league-best record of 61-21. They advanced to the playoffs and won the first two rounds until they faced the Lakers, where they were ultimately defeated.
After winning another division championship in 2002-03, the Kings lost Webber to a knee injury in the playoffs. Webber's knee required major surgery and although he returned mid-season in 2003-04, he never played the same. In 2004 the Kings lost three of their starters - Divac went to the Lakers, Christie was traded to the Orlando Magic, and Webber was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. With all these new changes the 2005-06 season started off poorly, as the Kings had a hard time finding chemistry in this new team. Newcomers Bonzi Wells and Shareef Abdur-Rahim made major contributions early in the season, but both were then injured and missed most of the season. The 2006 offseason was started with the announcement that head coach Rick Adelman's contract would not be renewed. The Kings named Eric Musselman as Adelman's replacement as head coach.
In 2006-2007, the substandard play of the Kings had been attached with the distraction of legal troubles as Coach Eric Musselman pleaded no contest to DUI charges early in the season and star Ron Artest got in to trouble for neglect of his dogs, and was later arrested for domestic assault. They finished the 2006-07 NBA season with an overall record of 33-49, which had been their worst in 9 years. The 2007 off season was a time of change for the Kings as head coach Eric Musselman was replaced by Reggie Theus. In June 2007 the Kings selected center Spencer Hawes as the 10th overall pick. In addition to these changes, the Sacramento Kings also acquired center-forward Mikki Moore and Kevin Martin signed a contract extending his period with the team for five more years. Conversely, the team also lost some key players over the offseason, with Ronnie Price leaving for the Utah Jazz, and Corliss Williamson retiring. The Kings finished the 07-08 season with a record of 38-44 and missed the playoffs.
It was also announced in February 2008 that the Kings had traded longtime point guard Bibby to the Atlanta Hawks. Bibby had been the last remaining original player that was with the Kings when they advanced to the Western Conference Finals back in 2002. Following a quiet 2008 off-season, it was confirmed that the Kings would trade forward Ron Artest to the Houston Rockets in exchange for former King Bobby Jackson, Donté Greene, and a future first round draft pick.
The Kings' roster has been dismantled and put together many times over but the Kings have a mix of young talent and veteran leadership, with Abdur-Rahim, Jackson , Miller, and Mikki Moore all having played at least 10 years in the NBA. But even with this experience the Sacramento Kings might have a difficult time trying to climb out of the bottom of the Pacific division.
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