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Things that have changed since the Sacramento Kings last made the playoffs

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The world was a different place in 2006

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As we wind down another Sacramento Kings season, we’re forced to again reflect on the Kings’ seemingly-endless playoff drought. This year marks 11 years since the Kings last saw the playoffs, the second longest streak in the league. Only the Minnesota Timberwolves have a longer streak. What has changed since May of 2006? I’m glad you asked.

  • Rick Adelman was head coach, the Kings have had 9 head coaches since then
  • Saddam Hussein was still alive the last time the Kings saw the postseason
  • Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” was at the top of the Billboard Top 100
  • The iPhone had yet to be announced
  • Twitter was less than two months old
  • The Kindle was a year away from launch
  • BluRay didn’t exist
  • Pluto was still a planet
  • None of us had heard of DeMarcus Cousins, and Otis was happy
  • Flat screen TVs were just gaining popularity
  • Only college students could join Facebook
  • Google maps existed, but wouldn’t have turn-by-turn navigation for another 3 years
  • I was fresh out of college and single, now I have a wife, two kids, a third on the way, a mortgage, and a dog
  • Donald Trump was known for hosting The Apprentice, which was entering it’s third season

In short, it’s been a really long time since the Kings saw the playoffs.