If only I could find some more salt for this wound….
Yahoo Sports ran down a list of the ten best teams that couldn’t get it done when it mattered, and our 2001-2002 Sacramento Kings came in second behind the 2008-2009 Cleveland Cavs, which uh…doesn’t make a lot sense. But whatever. The Kings also had the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 teams as honorable mentions. Yay us! We finally won something!!
2. Sacramento Kings, 2001-02
This team deserved a championship so much that Ralph Nader thought he’d lend a hand in helping them out. The Kings were absolutely jobbed by the referees in a Game 6 loss to the Lakers in the Western Conference finals, a series of calls so bad that Nader thought he’d do a little work on Sacramento’s behalf. Honesty compels me to mention the fact that the Lakers were also jobbed a bit in Game 5 of that series in Sacramento, and that the Kings did have a Game 7 at home in their favor to make things right.
They blew that one, though, even as it went to overtime. It tends to mar an otherwise sublime season that saw seven Kings average double-figure points per game (with two, Chris Webber(notes) and Peja Stojakovic(notes), averaging well over 20 per), alongside the sixth-best defense in the NBA. But, you know, maybe if Vlade hadn’t of flopped so damn much …
Also considered: Sacramento Kings, 2002-03, Sacramento Kings 2003-04.