McNair: 16-year playoff drought won't cloud Kings' judgment


The Kings have not made the playoffs in 16 seasons. And both the organization and the fanbase are well aware by now. 

Not only does Sacramento have the longest active streak, but they also own the longest playoff drought in NBA history. 

Kings general manager Monte McNair spoke to reporters on Tuesday following the conclusion of Sacramento's 2021-22 season, where he acknowledged the playoff drought and discussed not letting it cloud the organization's judgment when it comes to building towards the future. 

"This is the other thing about coming here, is this is going to be my third season ... we always want to acknowledge the Sacramento community and fanbase, it has been 16 years," McNair said. "For us, we want to acknowledge that. What we don't want to do is let that cloud our judgment. We're going to be aggressive, we have to remain disciplined. There's no easy button to go and fix this right away. When those opportunities are there, we're going to pounce like we did at the deadline. And we're going to continue to look for those.

"As far as the pressure, I would say that it's a good pressure," McNair added. "Like yeah we want to get back there as soon as we can, but we need to do it in a way that we stay there, we continue to grow, this is not a one-year blip that we completely mortgage the future for. We're already building a foundation, it started at the deadline and we're going to continue to do that so we have a long run in the playoffs."

The opportunity McNair is referring to is the blockbuster trade for Domantas Sabonis at the deadline, which sent then-cornerstone star Tyrese Haliburton to the Indiana Pacers, a move that shocked many around the league. 

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Sacramento is looking to build a roster centered around Sabonis and point guard De'Aaron Fox, which gives the Kings a solid foundation. 

In each of their end-of-season press conferences, both McNair and Fox acknowledged the need for more shooting, which will be one of, if not their biggest priorities this offseason. 

It's sure to be a busy offseason for the Kings. 

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