Christie gives Kings much-needed edge

Updated: April 30, 2004, 2:15 AM ET
By Greg Anthony | ESPN Insider
The Sacramento Kings eliminated the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs without Bobby Jackson and with Chris Webber (although very solid throughout this series) a mere shadow of what he has been in the past.

The Kings will need more from Webber if they hope to defeat Minnesota (which has all but wrapped up its series with Denver) and have a legit chance to win a world's championship. However, the guy in my mind who holds the key to their success is the one who changed the face of this franchise and made it a legitimate title contender in the first place.

That, my friends, is Doug Christie.

Former NBA guard Greg Anthony covers basketball for Insider. He joined ESPN in November 2002 as a studio analyst for the network's NBA coverage. He appears on all of ESPN and ESPN2's NBA studio shows.