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.