Can The Sacramento Kings, Golden 1 Center Break the 'Adelman Playoff Curse?'

June 16, 2015 | As game six of this year's NBA Finals are upon us, with a win tonight The Golden State Warriors will end that f...

June 16, 2015 |

As game six of this year's NBA Finals are upon us, with a win tonight The Golden State Warriors will end that franchise's 40-year championship drought. On the other side, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a more difficult task to win the next two games to end that city's 50 year championship drought in any of the major sports.

So on this day, it was almost appropriate that the Sacramento Kings announced the Golden One Credit Union has paid for naming rights for the new downtown arena. With new ownership and a new arena, Kings fans are pinning hopes that the franchise will be able to at least become a playoff, not even championship, caliber team.

This got us thinking about the last time the Kings had a winning record and made it into the NBA playoffs. For the record, the last winning record for the Kings was in the 2005-2006 season where they had a .537 record and made it to the first round of the playoffs.

That season was the last of a record eight consecutive years the Kings made the playoffs. During that run, the Kings' head coach was Rick Adelman. 

Since that season when the Kings and the Maloof brothers did not renew Adelman's contract, the franchise have experienced bad seasons, a string of head coaches and increasing fan apathy. If not for the excitement generated by the fight to keep the Kings in Sacramento, there would be little interest in the team. 

We have all heard of The Curse of the Bambino and even the Bobby Layne curse on the Detroit Lions. Could that act of not renewing the winningest coach in the franchise's Sacramento era doomed the Kings from winning records, much less play-off appearances or any thought of a championship?  

So as the Kings wrap up their final season in Arco-Power Balance-Sleep Train Arena, we will be interested to see if the Golden 1 Center is the potion the franchise needs to break the Adelman playoff curse.      

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Anonymous said...

You need to be writing about the world class soccer stadium and its naming benefactor.

"The Vito Corleone Elk Grove Soccer Palace".

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