Former NBA defensive specialist Doug Christie agreed to join the Sacramento Kings’ coaching staff earlier this month. The 13-year NBA vet spent five years with the Kings in his career. In his tenure, he was part of the “Greatest Show on Court” starting lineup. In 2002, Christie played in arguably the most controversial game in NBA history, Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. Having been so close to reaching the title with the Kings that year, Christie is back helping the Kings.
“I have unfinished business. I always say that I have unfinished business ever since I’ve come back to Sacramento. When you get as close as we got to [winning the NBA Championship], it leaves a hole in you. Those things are difficult to live with, and you have to live with them.”Doug Christie via Sacramento Kings Instagram
Sacramento’s faceoff against the Lakers in the 2002 Western Conference Finals has certainly left a bad taste in Doug Christie’s mouth. I’m sure it did with any basketball fan that witnessed the game. For those unfamiliar, the bout featured several incidences of questionable officiating, especially in the fourth quarter. In the game, the Kings attempted just 25 free throws to the Lakers’ 40. Even more stifling, the Lakers shot 27 of them in the 4th quarter alone.
What Doug Christie brings to Sacramento
Christie has been the full-time color commentator on NBC Sports for Kings games since the 2018-19 NBA season. He also hosted a sports-talk radio show on 1140 KHTK in Sacramento. However, he must give up these positions to become the newest Assistant Coach to Head Coach Luke Walton. As a result, Sacramento Kings fans have had the opportunity to hear Christie drop nuggets of basketball insight while on commentary duties. They also understand how much it means for him to get back on the court with Sacramento finally.
In his first duties on the Kings’ coaching staff, Christie helped coach the Sacramento Kings Summer League teams in the California Classic and the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League. In Vegas, Christie helped lead the Kings to an undefeated record and the Summer League Championship. This team was Head Coached by another member from that 2002 WCF Kings team, former 6th Man of the Year Bobby Jackson.
Christie is arguably the best defender in Sacramento Kings’ history. He is second in franchise history in steals, and he only played five years with the team. His knowledge on the defensive end of the floor can do wonders for a Kings team that was historically bad last season. Fans can also anticipate Christie being a great mentor for defensive stalwart rookie Davion Mitchell, who impressed many in his Summer League appearances. Christie can bring only good in his time on the sidelines for Sacramento.