The Abdication of the Sacramento Kings

“I’m not too worried about the Sacramento Queens.”

-Shaquille O’Neal

Tonight’s season finale with the Kings is potentially the end of professional basketball in Sacramento. The Kings are like the really hot girl in high school, who shows up to the reunion 10 years later working a dead-end job and her looks have significantly diminished.

In 2002 the Kings had the best record in the Association at 61-23, backed by one of the most loyal fan bases the league has ever seen; the people of Sacramento sold out ARCO Arena for 497 consecutive home games. Life was good in Sac-town and the Kings were treated as royalty.

The Kings fielded the gritty Mike Bibby, the defensive minded Doug Christie, lights out shooter Peja Stojakovic , complemented by the best passing frontcourt in the league in Chris Webber and Vlade Divac.

They had all the ingredients of a potential dynasty. Sports Illustrated put their starting five on the cover and dubbed them “the Greatest Show on the Court”

There was just one problem: they were never able to get past the Laker team led by Shaq and Kobe.  They gave the Lakers all they could handle every year.

The cross-state rivalry between the Lake-show and the Kings was as heated as it gets in the NBA. When the Lakers and Kings hooked up, you expected fireworks and bad blood, an element that is currently missing in the NBA.

I remember in a meaningless pre-season game, Rick Fox elbowed Doug Christie and Christie retaliated with a punch. Both players were ejected, but the fight continued in the tunnel, the two had to be separated by Staples Center security. And this was a pre-season game.

I remember Kobe falling ill to food poisoning before game two of the Western Conference finals against the Kings. Rumors began to swirl on the internet about the hotel staff having tampered with Kobe’s food.

While he missed morning shoot-around and had to receive fluids periodically throughout the day, he recovered in time to start Game 2.

When fans point to Michael Jordan’s flu game as a testament to his mental fortitude, remember Kobe’s food poisoning game as a sign of his. (Last season he also played with a broken finger and a right knee with little cartilage)

I remember game four of that series, with the Kings threatening to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. The Lakers were down 99-97 with one last chance to tie it.

The ball was inbounded to Kobe who drove past Christie and misses a contested layup. Shaq misses the tip-in, the ball is batted out to a wide-open Robert Horry at the top of the three point line.

We know the rest. Webber’s close out comes too late, and Horry’s fling finds the bottom of the net.  Horry struts back to the Laker bench knowing he just salvaged the Lakers’ season. It was surreal.

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_fhwqXmUMk&feature=related

I watched replays of the shot countless times that night, sitting through the other 58 minutes of Sports Center just waiting for the highlights of that game. (Keep in mind this was before YouTube took off.)

Their rivalry culminated in an epic seven-game series in the Western Conference Finals, when the Lakers escaped ARCO with a 112-106 victory in overtime.

Upon losing Game 7, the NBA on NBC cameras followed the Kings into the locker-room, capturing Chris Webber throwing a lamp against the wall in frustration.

Recently referee Tim Donaghy alleged to favoring the Lakers in Game 6 of that series, tarnishing the legacy of one of the most exciting series I’ve ever witnessed as a Laker fan.

The Lakers went on to win the championship that year, in retrospect even as a die-hard Laker fan, it’s hard not to wonder, what if?

Next: What would happen if the Lakers lost Game 7?
[phpbay]Lakers Swingman, 3, “”, “”[/phpbay]

I just want to mention I am newbie to blogging and actually liked this web blog. More than likely I’m going to bookmark your blog post . You really come with exceptional articles and reviews. Regards for revealing your web page.

  • Howdy! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to check it out. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Excellent blog and fantastic style and design.

  • We absolutely love your blog and find most of your post’s to be exactly I’m looking for. can you offer guest writers to write content for you? I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on a number of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome blog!

  • My personal sis advised me personally about your internet site and exactly how excellent it truly is. She’s proper, I’m genuinely amazed using the composing and clever style. Seems like to me you’re merely itching the surface in terms of that which you might accomplish, nevertheless you’re off to a terrific start!

  • Hello! I simply would like to give a significant thumbs up for the great details you have below on this blog post. I will certainly be coming back to your blog for even more soon.

  • Considerably, the article is really the freshest on this worthy topic. I agree with your conclusions and can thirstily look forward to your forthcoming updates. Saying thanks definitely will not just be sufficient, for the huge lucidity in your writing. I will certainly directly grab your rss feed to stay privy of any updates. Pleasant work and much success in your business endeavors!

  • After research a few of the post on your site currently, as well as I truly like your method of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark internet site checklist as well as will be inspecting back soon. Pls look into my web site too and let me know what you think.

  • Place on with this review, I truly believe this website needs much more factor to consider. I?ll most likely be once more to review much more, thanks for that details.

  • I was really pleased to locate this web-site. I wanted to thanks for your time for this fantastic read!! I absolutely taking pleasure in every bit of it and also I have you bookmarked to take a look at brand-new stuff you post.

  • I was very happy to locate this web-site. I wished to thanks for your time for this remarkable read!! I definitely delighting in every little of it as well as I have you bookmarked to take a look at new stuff you article.

  • Aw, this was an actually good message. In concept I want to put in creating similar to this additionally? taking time and real initiative to make an excellent short article? yet what can I state? I postpone alot as well as never seem to obtain something done.

  • I am typically to blog writing and i truly appreciate your material. The article has truly peaks my rate of interest. I am mosting likely to bookmark your website as well as maintain looking for new information.

  • Spot on with this write-up, I honestly believe that this site needs far more attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the information!

  • Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Many thanks, However I am encountering problems with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I can’t join it. Is there anybody having identical RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  • I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this blog. I really hope to view the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own, personal website now 😉

  • Aw, this was a really nice message. In suggestion I want to place in writing such as this in addition? requiring time as well as real initiative to make a great write-up? yet what can I state? I hesitate alot and by no means appear to get something done.

  • Having read this I believed it was really enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this informative article together. I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

  • Howdy, I do believe your blog might be having internet browser compatibility problems. Whenever I take a look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up! Aside from that, excellent blog!

  • Howdy! This post could not be written much better! Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I will forward this information to him. Pretty sure he’s going to have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!

  • After I originally commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I receive four emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks!

  • After looking into a few of the articles on your blog, I truly like your way of writing a blog. I added it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my website too and tell me your opinion.

  • I must thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this site. I really hope to check out the same high-grade content by you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own, personal blog now 😉

  • Spot on with this write-up, I seriously think this amazing site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the info!

  • You are so cool! I don’t suppose I’ve read something like this before. So great to discover someone with unique thoughts on this issue. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This site is something that is needed on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

  • After I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks!

  • Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to create a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

  • I was more than happy to discover this site. I want to to thank you for your time due to this wonderful read!! I definitely appreciated every bit of it and i also have you saved as a favorite to see new stuff on your site.

  • When I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there a means you can remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!

  • Good post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It will always be useful to read through content from other authors and use something from their web sites.

  • May I just say what a relief to find somebody who truly understands what they’re talking about online. You certainly know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people really need to read this and understand this side of your story. I can’t believe you’re not more popular given that you surely have the gift.

  • Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this short article together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  • An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who has been doing a little homework on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch due to the fact that I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this subject here on your web page.

  • I absolutely love your blog.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m attempting to create my very own blog and would love to find out where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Many thanks!

  • I am frequently to blog writing and i truly appreciate your material. The write-up has actually peaks my rate of interest. I am going to bookmark your site as well as keep looking for brand-new info.

  • Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Many thanks, However I am having issues with your RSS. I don’t understand why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody having identical RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  • Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to generate a really good article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot and don’t manage to get anything done.

  • Good web site you have got here.. It’s difficult to find high quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

  • After checking out a few of the blog articles on your site, I seriously like your technique of writing a blog. I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future. Please check out my website as well and let me know how you feel.

  • Next time I read a blog, Hopefully it doesn’t fail me just as much as this one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read through, however I really believed you would probably have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of moaning about something you could possibly fix if you weren’t too busy searching for attention.

  • An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who was conducting a little homework on this. And he actually bought me lunch because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this subject here on your site.

  • Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much, However I am experiencing problems with your RSS. I don’t know why I cannot join it. Is there anyone else getting similar RSS issues? Anybody who knows the answer can you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  • Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday. It will always be useful to read articles from other authors and practice a little something from other web sites.

  • The very next time I read a blog, I hope that it does not disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read through, but I really believed you’d have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of crying about something that you could fix if you were not too busy searching for attention.

  • Greetings, There’s no doubt that your site may be having browser compatibility issues. Whenever I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Other than that, great blog!

  • I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this website. I’m hoping to view the same high-grade content by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own, personal blog now 😉

  • An interesting discussion is worth comment. There’s no doubt that that you ought to publish more about this issue, it may not be a taboo matter but typically people don’t speak about these topics. To the next! Cheers!!

  • Hi, I do think this is an excellent website. I stumbledupon it 😉 I will come back once again since I book-marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.

  • I would like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this site. I am hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my very own website now 😉

  • Nice message. I find out something a lot more difficult on various blogs everyday. It will certainly constantly be stimulating to read content from other authors as well as exercise a something from their shop. I?d like to utilize some with the material on my blog site whether you don?t mind. Natually I?ll provide you a link on your internet blog site. Thanks for sharing.

  • Your style is very unique compared to other folks I’ve read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark this web site.

  • Hi, I do believe this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to come back once again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  • Hi, I think your web site could possibly be having browser compatibility issues. Whenever I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other than that, excellent blog!

  • The next time I read a blog, I hope that it does not disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read through, nonetheless I actually believed you’d have something helpful to say. All I hear is a bunch of crying about something that you can fix if you weren’t too busy searching for attention.

  • You’ve made some really good points there. I looked on the net to find out more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website.

  • You’re so interesting! I do not think I’ve truly read anything like this before. So good to find someone with some unique thoughts on this topic. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This site is something that is required on the internet, someone with a little originality!

  • Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be interesting to read articles from other writers and use something from their web sites.

  • You are so awesome! I do not suppose I’ve truly read through something like that before. So good to discover another person with some unique thoughts on this subject matter. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

  • Hi there! This article could not be written any better! Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept talking about this. I most certainly will send this post to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!

  • I need to to thank you for this great read!! I certainly loved every bit of it. I have got you bookmarked to look at new stuff you post…

  • Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thanks, However I am having issues with your RSS. I don’t know why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody having the same RSS issues? Anyone that knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  • I blog quite often and I seriously appreciate your information. This article has truly peaked my interest. I am going to take a note of your blog and keep checking for new details about once a week. I subscribed to your Feed as well.

  • Everything is very open with a really clear description of the challenges. It was definitely informative. Your website is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing!

  • Spot on with this write-up, I really believe this site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the info!

  • You’re so awesome! I don’t suppose I’ve read something like that before. So wonderful to discover someone with genuine thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This site is something that is needed on the web, someone with some originality!

  • You’re so cool! I do not suppose I have read through anything like this before. So great to discover someone with unique thoughts on this topic. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This site is something that is required on the web, someone with some originality!

  • Greetings, I believe your web site may be having browser compatibility problems. When I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in IE, it’s got some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Besides that, fantastic website!

  • When I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when brand-new remarks are included- checkbox and also currently each time a remark is included I obtain 4 emails with the same remark. Is there any way you can eliminate me from that service? Thanks!

  • Howdy! I simply wish to give you a big thumbs up for your great information you have got here on this post. I’ll be returning to your blog for more soon.

  • Excellent blog you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find high-quality writing like yours nowadays. I really appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

  • Everything is very open with a really clear clarification of the challenges. It was really informative. Your site is very useful. Many thanks for sharing!

  • Hi, I do believe this is an excellent web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I’m going to revisit yet again since I book marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.

  • Great blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely confused .. Any recommendations? Thanks!

  • Do you have a spam issue on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation; we have developed some nice methods and we are looking to exchange solutions with other folks, be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  • You are so interesting! I don’t believe I’ve truly read through anything like this before. So great to discover another person with unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This site is one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!

  • Spot on with this write-up, I truly feel this website needs far more attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the advice!

  • I was more than happy to uncover this great site. I need to to thank you for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every part of it and I have you saved to fav to check out new information in your web site.

  • Hello great website! Does running a blog like this take a large amount of work? I’ve absolutely no expertise in computer programming however I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, if you have any ideas or techniques for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off topic but I simply wanted to ask. Thank you!

  • Hello there, I think your website may be having browser compatibility problems. Whenever I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in IE, it’s got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Other than that, excellent site!

  • A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you need to write more about this issue, it might not be a taboo matter but usually folks don’t talk about such subjects. To the next! Cheers!!

  • Hi there! This article couldn’t be written much better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept talking about this. I’ll forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  • Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday. It will always be interesting to read articles from other writers and practice something from their web sites.

  • Hi there! I simply would like to give you a big thumbs up for the great information you have got here on this post. I am returning to your site for more soon.

  • Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Many thanks, However I am going through troubles with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone else getting similar RSS problems? Anyone who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  • I’m extremely pleased to discover this web site. I want to to thank you for your time for this fantastic read!! I definitely savored every little bit of it and i also have you bookmarked to see new information in your blog.

  • Right here is the perfect website for everyone who wants to find out about this topic. You know so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject which has been discussed for a long time. Great stuff, just great!

  • Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve visited this blog before but after looking at some of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely pleased I found it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

  • It’s hard to find educated people for this subject, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  • It’s difficult to find experienced people on this subject, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  • I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this blog. I am hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my very own website now 😉

  • This is the right website for anybody who really wants to find out about this topic. You realize a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really would want to…HaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a topic that has been discussed for many years. Great stuff, just excellent!

  • I’m impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both educative and interesting, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I came across this during my search for something concerning this.

  • I absolutely love your blog.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you create this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my very own site and would like to know where you got this from or what the theme is called. Cheers!

  • Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I will come back once again since I book-marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

  • Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much, However I am having problems with your RSS. I don’t understand why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting identical RSS issues? Anybody who knows the answer can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  • Your style is so unique compared to other folks I’ve read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bookmark this page.

  • Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Many thanks, However I am encountering difficulties with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I can’t subscribe to it. Is there anyone else having identical RSS issues? Anyone who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  • When I initially commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the exact same comment. Is there a way you can remove me from that service? Appreciate it!

  • I need to to thank you for this wonderful read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I’ve got you book marked to look at new stuff you post…

  • Hello, I believe your blog might be having web browser compatibility issues. Whenever I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in IE, it’s got some overlapping issues. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Aside from that, excellent blog!

  • An interesting conversation deserves comment. I believe that you need to create extra on this topic, it might not be a taboo topic however generally individuals are not enough to talk on such topics. To the following. Thanks

  • This is a really good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate information… Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!

  • You made some good points there. I checked on the web for additional information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.

  • Good day! I could have sworn I’ve visited this web site before but after going through a few of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m certainly pleased I found it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

  • Everything is very open with a very clear clarification of the issues. It was truly informative. Your website is useful. Many thanks for sharing!

  • An interesting discussion is worth comment. I believe that you ought to write more about this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but typically folks don’t discuss these issues. To the next! Cheers!!

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.