Timeline: Sacramento Kings, 1985-2013

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 - 3:17 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 - 11:43 am

The professional basketball seasons in Sacramento have scored with success and dribbled through failure and ongoing arena issues:

Oct. 25, 1985: The Sacramento Kings play their first game in the new temporary facility in North Natomas. The Kings finish the season 37-45, go to the playoffs.

April 27, 1987: Bill Russell signs a seven-year contract with the Kings - head coach for up to four years, option of becoming general manager and eventually team president.

March 7, 1988: Russell removed as coach, made vice president of basketball operations. Jerry Reynolds coaches.

Sept. 7, 1988: The new Arco Arena, built by Gregg Lukenbill and partner Joseph Benvenuti, and seating 17,500 for Sacramento Kings games and up to 19,000 for other events, officially debuts with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

June 28, 1989: With the No. 1 pick in the draft, the Kings select Louisville center Pervis Ellison.

Aug. 14, 1989: After his rookie season, guard Ricky Berry commits suicide.

Dec. 19, 1989: Russell fired.

Dec. 27, 1989: Reynolds collapses after fainting during a game against Portland at Arco.

Jan. 4, 1990: Dick Motta hired as coach.

June 27, 1990: The Kings use their four first-round draft picks on Lionel Simmons, Travis Mays, Duane Causewell and Anthony Bonner.

Nov. 1, 1991: Kings trade for Mitch Richmond.

Nov. 23, 1991: Kings beat Orlando, end 43-game road losing streak, an NBA record.

Dec. 24, 1991: After Motta said he would retire, Kings fire him.

April 6, 1992: A team of Los Angeles developers led by Jim Thomas completes its $140 million purchase of majority interest in the Sacramento Kings and Arco Arena.

May 22, 1992: Garry St. Jean announced as new coach.

Dec, 12, 1993: Rookie point guard Bobby Hurley seriously injured in a car accident.

June 1, 1994: Geoff Petrie hired as vice president of basketball operations.

Sept. 17, 1996: Thomas proposes an ambitious downtown sports and entertainment complex anchored by a major league baseball stadium and a new arena for his basketball team. In two months he abandons the idea.

April 26 to May 2, 1996: Kings make the playoffs, lose in four games to Seattle.

June 26: 1996: Kings draft Peja Stojakovic. He doesn't sign until 1998, plays in 1999.

Feb. 18, 1997: Two weeks after the City Council approved a $70 million loan to help refinance Arco Arena, Thomas announces that he will not sell the team as he had threatened.

June 21, 1997: The Sacramento Monarchs play their first regular-season WNBA game, beating the Utah Starzz 70-60 in Salt Lake City.

June 23, 1997: An announced crowd of 15,259 watches the Monarchs lose to the New York Liberty, 73-62, in the first WNBA game at Arco.

May 14, 1998: Petrie trades Mitch Richmond to the Washington Wizards for Chris Webber.

June 24, 1998: Kings draft Jason Williams.

Sept. 17, 1998: Kings tap Rick Adelman to coach.

Jan. 15, 1999: The Kings announce that the Maloof family of Albuquerque, N.M., will assume controlling interest of Capital Sports and Entertainment, the organization that includes the Kings franchise and Arco Arena, effective July 1.

Jan. 22, 1999: Vlade Divac signs with the Kings.

May 8 to May 16, 1999: Kings in playoffs, lose in first round to the Utah Jazz in five games.

May 24, 1999: Petrie named executive of the year.

April 23 to May 5, 2000: Kings in playoffs, lose in first round to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.

May 6 to May 13, 2001: Having made it through the first round, Kings lose in five to the Lakers in round 2.

June 27, 2001: Williams traded for Mike Bibby.

Feb. 11, 2001: Webber and Divac play in All-Star game.

Feb. 19, 2001: The Kings - Doug Christie, Divac, Webber, Mike Bibby, Stojakovic - make the Sports Illustrated cover.

Feb. 19, 2001: Webber, in ESPN the magazine, says he's bored in Sacramento, prompting owners Joe and Gavin Maloof to court him and put up a billboard promising to mow his lawn if he stays. Webber asks they be taken down.

May 14, 2001: Petrie wins second executive of the year award.

July 18, 2001: Webber signs for $122.7 million.

May 18 to June 2, 2002: Having won the Pacific Division, having beaten the Jazz in four games, the Dallas Mavericks in five games, they take the Lakers to the full seven for the Western Conference Finals. Kings lose game 7 in overtime 112-106. Dare we mention Robert Horry's buzzer-beating three-pointer in Game 4?

Nov. 12, 2002: The City Council agrees to join the Sacramento Kings and Union Pacific Railroad in a $654,000 consultant study of whether to build a downtown basketball arena.

May 6 to May 17, 2003: After winning its second consecutive Pacific Division Crown, Kings beat the Jazz in round one of the playoffs, lose in seven to the Mavericks. Webber blows out his knee in Game 2.

Oct. 17, 2003: A consultant's report shows a large portion of the proposed arena costs being shouldered by the public, including a surcharge on restaurant food and beverages. The report draws public criticism. Later the plan is put on hold.

May 11, 2004: A task force appointed by Mayor Heather Fargo recommends building an arena on K Street at the east end of Downtown Plaza. Two months later, city officials recommend ditching the idea.

May 4 to May 19, 2004: With a sluggish Webber, the Kings had beaten the Mavericks in the first round, but lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves in seven games in round 2.

June 24, 2004: Kings draft Kevin Martin.

Aug. 5, 2004: The owners of the Sacramento Kings walk away from negotiations after the City Council caps the city's arena investment at $175 million.

Sept. 3, 2004: Sheriff Lou Blanas unveils a plan to pay for an arena without taxpayer money.

Feb. 23, 2005: After four months working to put together private financing for a new arena, a consortium of landowners, lawyers and community leaders conclude they could not raise enough money to execute the plan. And: Webber traded to Philadelphia.

April 23 to May 3, 2005: Kings lose in the first round of the playoffs to Seattle, in five games.

Sept. 20, 2005: Monarchs beat Connecticut Sun 62-59 at Arco to win WNBA championship. Center Yolanda Griffith is named Most Valuable Player.

Nov. 29, 2005: Local developer Angelo K. Tsakopoulos submits a new proposal to the Kings that would involve rezoning agricultural land for development and using the profits to build an arena for the basketball team.

Jan. 24, 2006: Stojakovich traded for Ron Artest.

March 9, 2006: Thomas Enterprises submits a new plan that includes high-rise housing along the river, a 1,000-seat live theater and a new sports arena anchoring an entertainment district.

April 22 to May 5, 2006: The Kings lose in the first round to the San Antonio Spurs, in six games. They have not returned to the playoffs since.

May 9, 2006: Adelman's contract not renewed.

June 2, 2006: Kings name Eric Musselman coach.

Sept. 13, 2006: The Maloofs say they have abandoned talks with the city and county of Sacramento over the terms of locating a new arena in the downtown railyard. Oct. 16, 2006: The Maloof brothers, and a $6,000 bottle of wine, appear in the Carl's Jr. ad.

Oct. 21, 2006: Musselman arrested for DUI.

Nov. 7, 2006: Sacramento voters reject Measures Q and R, the plan to raise sales taxes by a quarter cent to finance a new railyard arena for the Kings.

Dec. 5, 2006: NBA Commissioner David Stern arrives in Sacramento to lead a new arena effort.

April 20, 2007: Musselman fired.

June 19, 2007: Kings name Reggie Theus coach.

Nov. 19, 2009: Mayor Kevin Johnson unveils a 12-member volunteer group to review proposals for building a new sports and entertainment complex in Sacramento.

Dec, 15, 2008: Theus fired.

July 29, 2008: Artest traded to Houston.

June 10, 2009: Kings name Paul Westphal coach.

June 25, 2009: Kings draft Tyreke Evans.

Nov. 20, 2009: Monarchs cease operations in Sacramento.

Jan. 14, 2010: The NBA says it is backing a land-swap proposal that would move the State Fair to the Arco Arena site in Natomas and build a new arena and entertainment complex next to the downtown train depot.

Feb. 12, 2010: Evans wins the 2010 Rookie/Sophomore Game MVP

Feb. 18, 2010: Martin traded to Houston

March 11, 2010: Sacramento city council members say they are open to negotiating with the Gerry Kamilos on his plan for a railyard arena that requires a land swap involving Cal Expo and Arco Arena.

April 27, 2010: Evans wins Rookie of the Year. He was the fourth NBA player in history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in his rookie year.

June 24, 2010: Kings draft DeMarcus Cousins.

Sept. 24, 2010: Cal Expo officials strongly reject a proposal to move the State Fair to the site of Arco Arena in North Natomas.

Sept. 28, 2010: The NBA announces it's no longer taking an active role in local arena efforts.

Dec. 2010: Two competing teams of developers led by Gerry Kamilos and ICON Venue Group emerge with new arena proposals.

Jan. 11, 2011: The Kings announce that Arco Arena will be renamed Power Balance Pavilion.

Jan. 21, 2011: The arena task force recommends that the city tap developer David Taylor to conduct a feasibility study on building a new arena in the railyard.

Feb. 19, 2011: NBA Commissioner David Stern confirms that Sacramento Kings and Anaheim officials have held talks about a potential team move.

Feb. 28, 2011: At the game against the Los Angeles Clippers, a sell-out crowd of die-hard fans shouts their support for keeping the Kings in Sacramento.

March 1, 2011: The NBA extends a March 1 deadline by six weeks to give the Kings more time to talk with Anaheim about moving the team next season.

March 29, 2011: The Anaheim City Council approves a $75 million incentive designed to lure the NBA team from Sacramento.

April 14, 2011: Supermarket tycoon Ronald Burkle, in partnership with lobbyist and developer Darius Anderson, offers to lead a group that could purchase the Kings -- or buy another team for the city should the Kings move to Anaheim.

April 15, 2011: The NBA extends until May 2 the deadline for the Kings to request a move to Southern California.

May 2, 2011: The Maloofs announce that the Kings will stay in Sacramento and that they will do their part to secure a plan for a badly needed sports arena.

May 26, 2011: Developer David Taylor and officials with national arena builder ICON Venue Group issue an analysis describing a new arena and entertainment facility in downtown Sacramento that would cost $387 million, would fit on city-owned land near Fifth and H streets and would be open by 2015.

May 31, 2011: Mayor Kevin Johnson says he is forming a 60-member commission made up of elected leaders, and business and labor representatives from across the region, to come up with a plan to finance a new arena.

Sept. 8, 2011: Johnson's Think Big Sacramento task force proposes a group of arena funding options that includes ticket surcharges, private investment, the sale of city-owned land and perhaps a quasi-privatization of city parking.

Dec. 13, 2011: The Sacramento City Council votes 7-2 to ask companies interested in leasing the city's downtown parking operations to step forward.

Jan. 5, 2012: The Kings fire Paul Westphal as the team's head coach and is replaced by first-year assistant coach Keith Smart.

Feb. 14, 2012: By a unanimous vote, the Sacramento City Council votes to allow staff to enter into detailed talks with 11 firms seeking to lease downtown parking.

Feb. 27, 2012: Sacramento officials and the Kings agree to a $387 million plan whereby the city would shoulder more than half the cost of a new arena and own the facility, while the Maloofs would put in $75 million upfront and provide the city with another $75 million in arena-related revenue over 30 years.

March 6, 2012: By a 7-2 vote, the Sacramento City Council approves the financing plan for a downtown sports arena now costing $391 million.

March 29, 2012: The NBA offers to advance initial payments after the Maloofs balk at paying $3.26 million to help launch arena pre-development work.

April 13, 2012: The Maloofs pull out of a plan to finance a $391 million sports and entertainment complex, suggesting instead that city officials help them renovate Power Balance Pavilion in North Natomas.

Aug. 23, 2012: The Hampton Roads Business Journal reports that the Kings will join Comcast-Spectacor and Live Nation in making an arena proposal to city officials in Virgina Beach, Va.

Oct. 15, 2012: The Kings and Sleep Train Mattress Centers announce a five-year deal to rename the team's Natomas arena.

Jan. 9, 2013: Sources say Kings owners are negotiating to sell the team to hedgefund billionaire Chris Hansen, who would move the team to Seattle.

Jan. 11, 2013: Two more bidders -- Mark Mastrov, the founder of the 24 Hour Fitness chain, and Dale Carlsen of Sleep Train Mattress Centers -- say they are interested in buying the troubled franchise and keeping it in Sacramento.

Jan. 12, 2013: A new group, aligned with JMA Ventures, the owner of Downtown Plaza, proposes to buy the team and build a $400 million arena on the shopping center site.

Jan. 15, 2013: Kevin Johnson says he's been granted an audience with the NBA board of governors to present a competing bid that would prevent the Maloofs from selling the Kings to a group from Seattle.

Jan. 21, 2013: The Kings and the NBA confirm that the Maloofs have reached a binding agreement to sell their share of the team to a Seattle investment group.

Sources: Bee archives, basketball-reference.com, nba.com, carlsjr.com

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