HoopsHype Chris Webber rumors

September 7, 2012 Updates

The Warriors acquired Webber as the No.1 pick in the 1993 draft. He was named Rookie of the Year, but clashed with Nelson in his first year. Golden State ended up trading Webber to the Washington Bullets for forward Tom Gugliotta and three draft picks on Nov. 17, 1994. Nelson stepped down as coach and general manager on Feb. 13, 1995. "He was a talented young player, but he was very difficult to coach early in his career," Nelson said. "I'm not the only coach that had trouble. Until he matured and knew what it was all about he was a difficult guy to coach." Yahoo! Sports

September 6, 2012 Updates

Nelson’s relationship with Chris Webber in Golden State a decade and half later quickly decayed, leading to the budding superstar’s trade to the Bullets when management decided the duo couldn’t coexist. That is perhaps Nelson’s biggest personal regret, and it may have given him an unwarranted reputation as a coach who couldn’t blend with younger players. “Relating to players has never really been difficult for me,” he said. “There’s only a couple of players who haven’t enjoyed playing for me.” Boston Globe

July 19, 2012 Updates

Chris Webber openly admits he's biased when covering his former Sacramento Kings team as an NBA analyst, even during Summer League in Las Vegas, where he called a game with his former Los Angeles Lakers nemesis Rick Fox for NBA-TV. "Rick knows I still hate the Lakers," Webber told News10 following Sacramento's 84-72 victory over the Lakers. "I'm just happy that I'm apart of the Kings family in some way." news10.net

Like Webber, Cousins took great pride when his Select Team was able to defeat Team USA. Webber did so in 1992 against the Dream Team, featuring Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Webber's Select Team victory over the Dream Team was recently the subject of a documentary on NBA-TV. "Kobe's lying, they couldn't even beat the 2008 (Olympic) team," Webber said, when asked if Kobe Bryant's comments were true - that the 2012 Team USA could actually beat the Dream Team. news10.net

June 11, 2012 Updates

Mike Krzyzewski (Team USA assistant coach): The first meeting as a coaching staff, Chuck says to P.J. and I, "Both of you guys have got to learn one thing." So we've got our notebooks, and we're ready to write this down. And he says, "Both of you have to learn to ignore." We said, "What do you mean?" "You college guys—you're looking for every little thing, and you make big things out of it. We're not going to be sticklers. These guys are men. If there's something that's big, we'll take care of it." Chris Webber (college squad player): I rode from the airport in a limo with Larry Bird, and that was such an honor. We talked about playing against the Pistons, different moves, all this stuff. He was just a great dude. Then, as we got out of the car and I was getting my bags, he goes, "Make sure you get your sleep, because tomorrow I'm gonna bust your ass, and you're going to remember it the rest of the week." GQ.com

June 3, 2012 Updates

King, still an aspiring politician with hopes of becoming a governor, emphasizes relationships, whether it’s with the server in the cafeteria, the equipment manager, the star player or the front-office executive. King meets and greets them all as if he’s running for mayor of the NBA. He hasn’t won all his campaigns, however. In his final two seasons in Philly, it came crashing down. King had a famous blow-up in front of the media after Iverson and Chris Webber were late to Fan Appreciation Night. He traded Iverson in 2006. One year later, he was fired just 17 games into the season. New York Daily News

March 4, 2012 Updates
January 15, 2012 Updates

The success rate for draft picks can be barely 50-50. Of the 30 first-round picks in 2006, for example, half are no longer in the NBA after Brandon Roy’s retirement. “It all comes down to timing,’’ said Chris Webber, the former All-Star who is now an NBA TV analyst. “If you are a young kid and you come in and they can’t use you right away, the team has to figure out if they are trying to win a championship now or whether you fit in the team’s plans. As a young player, you can’t take that personal.’’ Boston Globe

December 30, 2011 Updates

Kendrick Perkins: im tired of chris webber hatin on me get a ring first and then i can respect ya comments other wise keep my name out of ya mouth Twitter

June 12, 2011 Updates

Miami Heat forward Juwan Howard has phoned Chris Webber during the NBA Finals. He's sent text messages to Jalen Rose. Although their careers are at opposite ends, the conversation remains the same. Howard is not only in position to win a championship with the Heat, but also capture a trophy for one of college basketball's most celebrated teams. He is the last active member of Michigan's Fab Five, and stands just two victories from winning one for the group. The Heat trail the Dallas Mavericks 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. "You know what, if I win a championship, the family wins one," Howard said. "Because we're all like family. I know Jalen told you guys before the season started that if I win one, it's like he's going to win one. He's going to wear the ring, too." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 6, 2011 Updates

Chris Webber: We knew Kobe was going to score 40, 50 points, but Shaq, we knew he could foul out all of our big guys. And he was the most dominant player I ever played against. I don't want to say anything misleading about losing, but having stayed in Sacramento, and knowing it was a me-against-the-world mentality, I felt that losing to him, Kobe and Phil Jackson was the only way you can lose. Especially with a young, upstart team, losing on a last-second shot and a questionable game (Game 6). But Shaq, I had a bruised sternum playing against him, two cracked ribs from taking charges, and I had to play center against him and he weighed 100 pounds more than me. NBA.com

Mike Bibby: I think it was all a ploy. You see the way he talks, and his personality and stuff. I don't think he meant any of it. That's just the way he is. Chris Webber: I don't want to start nothing with him, but I always felt I played Shaq good. Because I had long arms and I went for the low block. So what I wanted to do was to keep my arm out in front of him, on his back, dig at his dribbles, tell the people to come help me if I needed help. I learned a lot from Scottie Pippen, checking me that way. You never got comfortable. So I didn't want to give him a comfort zone. And, you want to move out of the way because you don't want to flop. Because you really can't; he's that strong. I didn't want to front him because he was taller than me, and I didn't trust the help on the other side... NBA.com

Chris Webber: He was mad (when Divac flopped). But we were mad. We felt the refs never believed that we were playing good defense, because Vlade and Scot P (Pollard) would flop a lot. I told Vlade to stop flopping so much. I hate the flop. But Vlade's my man. He did what he did to make it work. But I hate the flop. I think you should get a technical every time you flop. NBA.com

May 24, 2011 Updates

He said the group of investors was organized by retired former NBA All-Star Chris Webber, who was part of the Kings from 1998 to 2005. Webber met with Pangilinan, chair of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company—among other firms—during a recent trip to Sacramento, where he visited the Kings’ home stadium, the Arco Arena. Inquirer News

May 14, 2011 Updates

The Western Conference finals belong to ESPN. That means Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy courtside, with Stuart Scott, Michael Wilbon, Jon Barry and Magic Johnson in the studio. TNT owns the rights to the Heat-Bulls Eastern Conference finals, with Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller courtside. Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley will be in the studio, with guest appearances from Kevin McHale and Chris Webber. Charlotte Observer

May 4, 2011 Updates

We're going to hear a lot of people weigh in over the next few months on how to finance a new arena for the Kings. But one voice heard this week is having a particularly strong impact with fans. Former Kings great Chris Webber is saying he has private investors lined up to help fund the construction of an arena. Speaking Monday on TNT, Webber said the city must prove it deserves the team and that there's a lot of work to be done. "Within this year, we're going to make some special things happen," Webber said. Sacramento Bee

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