HoopsHype Chris Webber rumors


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

May 3, 2011 Updates

Now retired Kings legend Chris Webber had been vocal about keeping the team in Sacramento, and he kept it up today on twitter. "SACRAMENTO! It's true!," he tweeted, "One more year! But Trust me! We are working to make it a LIFETIME! Keep the faith!" And C-Webb ended his tweet with a little dig at the City of Anaheim. "Lot of Haters are sick right now!" he wrote. Former King Carl Landry, who was traded for Thornton in February, also tweeted his support for the Kings remaining in Sacramento saying "Sacramento is a basketball city...u guys deserve it!!!" Beyond the twitter-sphere, News10 tracked down Kings forward Donte Greene via Skype shortly after Monday's announcement. "(Sacramento) means a lot, it gave me my start in the NBA and the start of a new beginning in my life", Greene told News10's Ryan Yamamoto. "My son's first (NBA) game was in sac and it means a lot to my family and friends." news10.net

April 28, 2011 Updates

Hill also revealed he was supposed to participate in Rose’s controversial Fab Five documentary. “I was excited to see the story and see this documentary,” Hill said. “With the exception of one part, I thought it was well done.” Rose described Duke’s African-American players as “Uncle Toms.” Hill was most bothered by the post-documentary discussion Rose participated in on ESPN and the impact the controversy had on Hill’s two daughters. “When I was nine years old, you could get somewhat shielded from that, but now with the way kids receive information ... my 9-year-old knew about it,” Hill said. “I’m on the road and she’s calling me, ‘Why is someone calling you an Uncle Tom? What does that mean?’ That certainly played into me wanting to respond to that ... I get and understand sort of what he was trying to say. It wasn’t even so much the doc as it was the response the next day on ‘First and 10’ and the various platforms ESPN has to promote. And (Rose) was asked, ‘Do you still feel that way?’ And to not answer that, to me, said a lot. But like I said, we’ve talked. I don’t think he feels that way.” FOXSports.com

April 18, 2011 Updates

Sources indicate former Kings all-star forward Chris Webber was seen in Las Vegas talking with members of the Maloof family Saturday afternoon. Webber did not return a phone call this weekend. Amidst the madness and uncertainty of the Maloofs attempted Kings’ relocation to Anaheim, a meeting between Webber and family members could mean nothing, something or everything. Webber, now a TNT NBA commentator, last week surprised many with statements regarding his desire and attempts to assist the efforts to keep the Kings in Sacramento. Marty McNeal

Sources within the past month told Marty Mac’s World Webber had been working with a group that wanted to buy the Kings from the Maloofs. However, the Maloofs steadfastly have insisted the franchise is not for sale. Webber’s group was unable to get a meeting with the Maloofs. Marty McNeal

April 14, 2011 Updates

The save-the-Kings campaign got a tantalizing assist late Tuesday, when former Kings star Chris Webber said on TNT's "Inside the NBA" that he was working with a group trying to keep the team in Sacramento. He declined to elaborate, but former Kings executive Greg Van Dusen said Webber wants to participate in a plan to restructure the city of Sacramento's loan to the Kings in order to ease the team's financial stress. Van Dusen was behind a proposal last month to refurbish Power Balance Pavilion, which was rejected by the Maloofs. Van Dusen said Wednesday he doesn't know if a restructuring would make any difference in the Maloofs' deliberations. "It's too early to tell," he said. Sacramento Bee

April 13, 2011 Updates

Webber saying he is engaged in talks with individuals intent on keeping the Kings in Sacramento; Barkley (jokingly?) saying he will invest "$10-15 million" to assist; Smth, also a former King, saying that, on the Kings worst nights, the fans were as lusty as they were during the years they contended. Sacramento Bee

April 1, 2011 Updates

In a Friday morning radio interview with 103.3 FM in Dallas, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shot back at Webber, defending his team's toughness and questioning Webber's originality. "Chris Webber has never had an original thought. It doesn't really matter. You know how these guys work. The last time I looked it was Jason Terry pushing and our guys responding -- no one is backing down from anybody. And it's the same nonsense talked by the same people who haven't had an original thought in their entire lives. Look, we don't care what Chris Webber says. It doesn't matter what Chris Webber says. We just go out and do our thing." CBSSports.com

March 23, 2011 Updates

Earl Barron: Just watched the Fab Five documentary start to finish finally. Bill Walton said they were under achievers and over rated. WTF. They made it to the Final Four as freshmen. How is that over rated? Everybody just hated on their style back then. Twitter

March 22, 2011 Updates

ESPN for the last two years rolled out a series of documentaries but none of them has gotten the reaction and buzz of your “Fab Five” documentary that aired on March 13. Time Magazine described the reaction as a “media firestorm.” Did you anticipate the reaction that you got from the film? JALEN ROSE: I absolutely did. That’s why the entire time it was noted that the revolution will be televised. That’s why it was very important for the story to be told 20 years later, as opposed to five years, 10 years, or even 15 years because a lot of issues that were noted in the documentary, a lot of the conversation we discussed in the documentary, and a lot of the situations that we exposed — good, bad or indifferent — I knew a lot of people weren’t going to be ready for, and/or were uncomfortable hearing them, especially knowing that a lot of it was true. ChrisWebber.com

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