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The Kings moved to their current home of Sacramento, California in the 1985-86 NBA season, with their first Sacramento season ending in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. However, they saw little success in subsequent years, and the team did not make the playoffs again until the 1995-96 season. Some of their failure was attributable to misfortunes such as the career-altering car crash suffered by promising point guard Bobby Hurley and the suicide of Ricky Berry; some was attributed to poor management such as the long tenure of head coach Garry St. Jean and the selection of “Never Nervous” Pervis Ellison with the first overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft. Current Kings Television broadcaster Jerry Reynolds and NBA legend Bill Russell were among the early coaching staff.
The Kings began to emerge from mediocrity with the draft selection of Jason Williams, the signing of Vlade Divac, and the trade of Mitch Richmond for Chris Webber prior to the lockout-shortened 199899 season. These acquisitions coincided with the arrival of Peja Stojakovic, who had been drafted in 1996. Each of these moves was attributed to general manager Geoff Petrie, who has won NBA Executive of the Year several times.
Following these acquisitions, the Kings improved and became perennial playoff contenders. Led by new head coach Rick Adelman, and aided by former Princeton head coach and Kings assistant Pete Carril, the so-called “Princeton offense” impressed others for its quick style and strong ball movement. Some criticized the Kings for their poor team defense, Williams “flash over substance” style of play with its many turnovers, and Webber’s failure to step up in important match-ups. Still, they quickly garnered many fans outside of California, and even around the world, many of which were drawn to Williams’ and Webber’s talent. Despite their successes, they were still a young team and were ultimately defeated by more experienced teams in the playoffs, losing to the Utah Jazz in 1999 and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000.
After winning another division championship by going 5923 in 200203, the Kings lost Webber to a knee injury in the playoffs, and they ultimately lost to the Dallas Mavericks in a seven game series. Webber’s knee required major surgery. Although he returned mid-season in 200304, he had lost some of his quickness and athleticism; the Kings ended the season with a playoff defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves in seven games. Although the Kings had their runs at success, Sacramento Kings tickets have never really been the talk of Sacramento.