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Chris Webber
Chris Webber
Position: None
Born: 03/01/73
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Earlier in the day, Webber, now an analyst for Turner Sports, joined “The Dan Patrick Show” and said he “wasn’t too thrilled” with the film, which was put together largely by Rose and the other three members of the Fab Five, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. Webber said he was only given a call about participating in the film about a week before they were set to wrap. King disputed this claim, and so does Rose. Webber also took some not-so-subtle shots at Rose by saying the former point guard was “Hollywood” and wanted to make the film all about himself.
And former Nuggets and Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo also has interest in the Hawks, though it is not known whether he’ll be part of one of the existing bidding groups or try to form one of his own. It is the competition itch each had while a player, expressed by other means. “It’s the biggest opportunity of my life,” Webber said Saturday. “This is bigger than a chance to make the NBA. I take it that serious. And the mentors that I have, I appreciate that they believe in me. But I take it that seriously. If we don’t get it, it’s gonna hurt. Believe me, we will be involved in the community and connecting with it, but I still want to win a championship. So as long as I get a ring, yeah, I’m still competing.”
Are you still in touch with the members of the Fab Five? Jalen Rose: I won’t go into family business, but I’ll say what’s public. Right now me and Chris [Webber], we’re not necessarily seeing eye-to-eye. He felt like I should have done a couple of things differently, and I felt like he should have done a couple of things differently. He should have been in the Fab Five documentary. It would have been a great opportunity for him to tell the story unfiltered. He chose not to do that. I’m pretty sure he’s kicking himself in the butt because he wasn’t in it.
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Five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber is part of a potential ownership group that has submitted a letter of interest to the NBA about its desire to purchase the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Webber would have a modest financial investment in the partnership, but is expected to emerge as a face of the bid with an ultimate goal of becoming a prominent figure on the basketball side for the Hawks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
When was the last time you spoke with Chris Webber? Jalen Rose: I heard through mutual friends that he’s upset that I said that I feel like he should have come out and apologize for some transgressions that happened at the University of Michigan. But I still stand behind that. Also I’m disappointed how the relationship with [Michigan booster] Ed Martin ended. Ed, unfortunately, in my opinion basically died of a broken heart. So while we’re still brothers and I hope that we’re going to make amends… One of the great things of being teammates and friends is we should be able to speak openly and honestly. And hopefully he finds a way to realize and apologize about what happened in Michigan.
ESPN’s version of The Fab Five documentary, produced by Jalen Rose, was certainly powerful, but there was one voice missing: Chris Webber. The leader of one of the most iconic teams in college basketball has decided to tell his own version of his life, NBA career, what happened at the University of Michigan and the Fab Five with his own book and documentary, which are coming soon. Webber confirmed the news in Flint during an appearance at Mateen Cleaves’ “1 Goal, 1 Passion” basketball camp Thursday, Aug. 7.
Martin Lawrence? OK, Lawrence wasn’t technically a member of the Pistons 2004 title team but he did receive honorary status and has a championship ring to prove it. How did that happen? In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live that coincided with the beginning of the NBA Finals last week, the comedian explained it. “Joe Dumars wanted to recruit Chris Webber back in the day for the Detroit Pistons,” Lawrence told Kimmel. “So he called me and asked if I would put together a comedy tape that would recruit him and get him to come to the Pistons. “And I put together a comedy tape and he didn’t come. So I guess it didn’t work.”
But Boogie Smooth’s career is all in fun. Cousins, who is friends with rap stars Drake and Rick Ross, is not about to become a part-time R&B crooner. Cousins laughed when asked about the musical project, as did his teammates. Coach Michael Malone even found the musical venture comical. “I was hoping that it wasn’t true because I don’t know if anybody would even buy that album,” Malone said. “I guess April Fools’ came a few days early, but DeMarcus keeps everybody on the edge of their seat.”
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DeMarcus Cousins created a stir on the Internet on Sunday night. And he had fun doing so. Pictures surfaced of Cousins’ first “album” under the name Boogie Smooth titled “Misunderstood,” with the first single being a rhythm and blues groove titled “Emotional” featuring Chance The Rapper. Cousins even asked via Twitter on Monday if he could be any worse than Shaquille O’Neal or Chris Webber, who also dabbled in music during their careers.
Webber said while he believes Westbrook will come back strongly, he doesn’t consider Oklahoma City ready to compete for the NBA title. “I never viewed them as the favorite last year, even with him,” said Webber. “I think this is a different league and each team is going to have to reevaluate, not live off the past. This is a much different league than it was last year, so I think they need to worry about the other great teams in the Western Conference. It’s a year later but [James] Harden was in the discussion a year ago and they are not better without Harden. Losing Kevin Martin as well, they have to find a new identity.”
Greg Anthony and Chris Webber offered their thoughts on those topics and more, and here is a taste of what they said: Webber on whether Thunder guard Russell Westbrook can return to form after a torn meniscus in his right knee, which has required two surgeries since last spring, the latest to reduce swelling: “Westbrook is one of the most athletic guys in the league and I think his age is his best asset right now. He didn’t have to go through microfracture [surgery]. We’ve seen people come back from these injuries so I expect him to be the same person or better basically because of his attitude. I really don’t think it will affect him that much.”
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Chris Webber on Shaquille O’Neal joining the #SacKings ownership group: The former Kings power forward joined Greg Anthony in a conference call this morning promoting NBA TV’s season preview. He had this to say about his former nemesis and current Turner Sports colleague Shaquille O’Neal joining the new ownership group in Sacramento. “Yeah that’s something,” Webber said. “I’ve talked to the ownership group and Shaq is my boy. So as a friend, I’m happy he’s an owner. As a King, it’s disgusting.”
When TNT carries the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Golden State Warriors on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET), the network is hoping that subtraction will end up being a plus. Calling the game that night: Steve Kerr, Chris Webber and Reggie Miller. Not a play-by-play man among the former NBA stars. Kerr says he won’t be trying “to be Marv Albert or Kevin Harlan” but will act as “point man leading us to breaks. Maybe a little bit of a traffic cop if the game calls for it. It is more like three former players having a round table (discussion) almost during the game.” So has Kerr informed the other former NBA All-Stars that the offense will be running through him Thursday night? “In no uncertain terms,” Kerr says with a laugh. “Well put.”
“Rick is a family guy, whether it’s your family or his family,” Webber said. “That’s his first and foremost priority. If it’s ever a situation where it’s a choice between family and basketball, basketball is going to lose every time.” It would be, however, the NBA’s and its fans’ loss. Seven others have gotten to 1,000. In Webber’s opinion, none earned it or was more worthy than his guy. “To me he’s the perfect coach to get your team up to the championship level and he’s the perfect coach to rebuild your program,” Webber said. “He’s one of the unique guys who can coach a team full of rookies or a team full of veterans. “He really helped me fulfill my potential and challenged me. So I don’t care if he won one game, I would know he’s a great coach.”
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Shortly after ESPN showed a promotion for Saturday’s matchup between No. 1 Michigan and No. 3 Indiana in Bloomington’s Assembly Hall, play-by-play man Rece Davis began to offer a historical perspective on how long it’d been since Michigan had reached the No. 1 spot in a national poll. And, naturally, the Fab Five’s 1992-93 team — which began the year as the preseason No. 1 — came up. Knight, as is often the case these days, was not impressed. “Fab indicates, to me, that you’ve won something,” Knight said. “I’ve never been able to understand what ‘Fab’ was,” he added. “It wasn’t championships, I always knew that.”
How great is it that Michigan and Indiana are both really good again at the same time for the first time in two decades? Thoughts on this rekindled, classic Big Ten rivalry, Bob? “I’m not sure what the Fab Five was,” Knight said Thursday during an ESPN broadcast of an Alabama-Arkansas game. “They never won anything. “They never won a championship, they didn’t get anywhere, they got beat.”
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Webber along with fellow former King Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal weighed in on the news near the end of the program. Here are few of their comments followed by audio of the roundtable discussion on Turner Sports’ venerable postgame show. Webber’s initial reaction: I’ve heard all the news. I still, you know, I don’t believe it. I have to not believe it. I refuse to believe it.
Webber on the deal being submitted to the league office: The paperwork is in like you said, but that just means the paperwork is in. It doesn’t mean anything else. You know, it’s funny. I’ve been hearing a lot of criticism everybody saying ‘Why everybody keep fighting? Just let it go, just let it go.’ Well if you’re in Atlanta, what if you were going to lose the Hawks? If you’re in Orlando, you wouldn’t let it (the Magic) go. You’re gonna fight ’til the end. A few of us are going to do that as well.