The Last Time The Sacramento Kings Won A Playoff Series…

What kinds of things were happening in the world the last time the Sacramento Kings won a playoff series? The answers might surprise you.

We have been through a lot as Sacramento Kings fans. We went from irrelevance in the 90s to being the talk of the league in the early part of the millennium, and now have been the butt of jokes for well over a decade.

It has been a long time since Sacramento was known for winning. This coming fall, there will be freshmen in high school who have never seen a Kings playoff game in their lives. Fourteen years is a long playoff drought, but it has been even longer since the team actually won anything in the post season.

The last two playoff appearances for the Kings (2005 & 2006) ended in first round exits, meaning that the last postseason series victory for Sacramento was all the way back in 2004. It was then that they defeated the Dallas Mavericks before taking the Minnesota Timberwolves to a Game 7 in the second round, marking the beginning of the Kings decline into obscurity.

April 2004 was a long time ago, and that got us thinking: what was life like the last time the Sacramento Kings won a playoff series? What things were happening in the world, and better yet, what hadn’t happened yet? Here is our list.

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  • George W. Bush was in the first of his two terms as President of the United States of America.
  • A guy named Mark Zuckerberg had invented a “social networking” website called Facebook just two months prior.
  • Ronald Reagan and Marlon Brando were still with us. As were Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Mac Dre.
  • The series finale of FRIENDS aired the following week.
  • We were six months away from the 9.3 mega earthquake in the Indian Ocean, the biggest in 40 years.


  • Michael Phelps had yet to win a gold medal. He has 23 now.
  • There was a debate over whether Dwight Howard or Emeka Okafor would be the first overall pick in the NBA Draft
  • De’Aaron Fox was a few weeks away from finishing first grade
  • Barry Bonds hit his 700th home run a few months later
  • Eli Manning was the first overall pick in the NFL Draft
  • Current Kings head coach Luke Walton was 24 years old and in his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • In a game against the Bills that year, Jerry Rice doesn’t catch a pass. It is the first time he is held without a reception in 274 games.
  • Bronny James, son of LeBron, would not be born for six more months. He’ll be 16 this October.
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Things Yet To Be Invented:




Windows Vista

Nintendo Wii

Movies Yet To Be Released:

The Notebook


Spider-Man 2

Napoleon Dynamite

Man On Fire (was released during Mavericks series)

Mean Girls (was released during Mavericks series)

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