A Look Back at the 1998 Lockout

It seems like we’ve been here before. The last time the NBA locked out in 1998, the Kings were coming off of a miserable season. But thanks to some exciting pre-lockout moves, hope surrounding the franchise began to pick up.

There are quite a few similarities between the summers of 1998 and 2011 for the Kings.

-Just completed a sub-30 win season.
-Grabbed the 7th pick in the draft.
-Drafted a flashy, exciting point guard (Jason Williams/Jimmer Fredette).
-Added a small forward that was originally acquired years earlier (Peja Stojakovic/John Salmons)
-Had a shot-blocking center primed to make big bucks on the open market (Yogi Stewart/Samuel Dalembert).
-Traded for a young, athletic big man yet to fulfill his potential (Chris Webber/JJ Hickson. OK, maybe a stretch).

Now, all we need to do is add our Vlade Divac when the lockout is lifted.

The 1998/1999 Kings Lockout Timeline

April 19, 1998 – Lose in overtime to Vancouver, finishing the 1997-98 season at 27-55.
May 14, 1998 – Trade Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe to Washington for Webber.
June 15, 1998 – Sign Stojakovic, who was originally drafted two years earlier but returned to play in Greece.
June 24, 1998 - Add Williams (7th) and Jerome James (36th) in the NBA Draft.
July 1, 1998 – The NBA lockout begins.
January 20, 1999 – The NBA lockout ends after 204 days.
January 22, 1999 – Sign Divac to a 6-year, $62 million contract. The team also signs guards Jon Barry and Vernon Maxwell.
February 5, 1999 – Open the 1999 NBA season in San Antonio. The team goes on to finish 27-23 and earn the Western Conference’s 8th seed.

  • http://twitter.com/mocoveli mocoveli

    I remember this year like it was yesterday, i used to wanted to play like Jason Williams so much i actually got good at basketball and became my school starting point guard, and when the Kings made it to the playoffs as a 13 year old kid i put my 20 inch television in the front yard where everybody in my neighborhood can come watch with me. We would watch as the sun goes down seeing Jason Williams throwing behind the back passes to Corliss “Big Nasty” Williamson ridiculing John Stockton periodically throughout the playoffs, C-Webb go at Karl Malone, Divac with his erratic crazy hook shots Lol… Those were the days!

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