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Suns forward Grant Hill has written an editorial that will appear in this Sunday's New York Times in response to the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on Michigan's Fab Five. The Fab Five was a college contemporary of Hill's time at Duke and the documentary, for which Jalen Rose was executive producer, has created controversy with statements Rose made about Duke recruiting, including an "Uncle Tom" reference. He and Michigan teammate Jimmy King made specific statements about Hill. Arizona Republic

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Besides the on-court rivalry, Rose said in the film he felt Duke didn't recruit black players like him, only those who were “Uncle Toms.” Patrick pointed out that Duke did recruit Chris Webber. “We would've welcomed him with open arms,” Hurley said. “Jalen, on the other hand, I can understand why we didn't recruit him. He might have a tough time hitting the floor, because he wasn't taking my spot.” Detroit Free Press

Former Michigan star Jalen Rose described Sunday's ESPN documentary “The Fab Five” this way during a national conference call: “This is almost like the Bible of the Fab Five story. We really went in-depth about everything — the good, the bad, the ugly.” Michigan center Eric Riley's memories of his days playing with the Fab Five fall under the "bad" and "ugly" categories more often than the "good." "We felt like it was split. It felt like it was two different teams," Riley said, referring to the Fab Five and the Wolverines players that were there before their arrival. "We had experience, and some of us had been on a team that won a national championship (1989). But we felt like we were just part of their team." Daily Tribune

March 13, 2011 Updates

The "Fab Five" documentary at 9 tonight on ESPN will be considered must-see TV by many basketball fans. For several young NBA players, such as Detroit Pistons players Greg Monroe and Austin Daye, it will be a history lesson about the game they live and love. Monroe was 9 months old and Daye just 2 years old in March 1991, when Chris Webber and Jalen Rose committed to attend the University of Michigan on the same day they won separate high school state titles. Those commitments completed a class of incoming freshman at Michigan that featured five players rated in the top 100 national recruits, including four ranked in the top 10. Booth Newspapers

Monroe, who has met Webber and played against Howard (now with the Miami Heat), said he will tune in to watch the much-anticipated documentary. "Mostly, I remember them in the NBA," Monroe said following a practice last week. "That’s where I saw Jalen Rose, Chris Webber and Juwan Howard. Growing up, you heard about them and how they set a new style and trend in basketball on and off the court." Daye said his DVR will be set to record the show. "I’m definitely going to watch," he said. "Jalen Rose was one of my favorite players growing up." Booth Newspapers

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Apparently, the preseason hype that surrounded this team is wearing off. That or the lofty expectations we heard and read about OKC coming into this season are now being replaced with more realistic projections. Either way, two of the all-time greatest players, Charles Barkley and Chris Webber, on Thursday night stubbornly rejected the notion that the Thunder is one of the best four teams in the Western Conference. The matter stretched into a 4 1/2 minute debate during one segment after Kevin Durant responded to one of Barkley’s comments via Twitter. If nothing else, the exchange between Barkley, Webber, Kenny Smith and host Ernie Johnson was entertaining. Here’s a link to the segment. Oklahoman

Smith: Kevin Durant is a great enough player that his play is leadership. Webber: He can’t lead 12 people by himself. Just the fact that Kevin Ollie isn’t there and he’s with Connecticut, like those are things that I watched. Like you said earlier, you need bad guys on the team, or guys that aren’t the nicest. The Vernon Maxwells, other guys. I still think you need the same thing in the locker room. The average age on that team is 23, 24. They made one playoff series and they played the Lakers. Great. That’s great. They played the Lakers and they played them well in one playoff series. That’s all we’re going off of. Barkley: And you know, that jump between being a good team and surprising people to being an elite team, they’re not ready for that. Oklahoman

December 22, 2010 Updates

Chris Webber doesn't believe Roy should return this season. Webber was plagued by knee injuries late in his career and sees some of the same disturbing physical trends in Roy. Webber had to adjust the way he ran after knee surgery and has noticed a change in Roy's gait. Weighing the state of the Blazers and Roy's troublesome left knee, Webber said it's best to just shut Roy down. "I don't think Portland has the slightest of chances to win the championship," said Webber, a former All-Star and current analyst for NBA TV. "I wish he would take the rest of the year off and get healthy. I think it would be a better investment for the Portland team because there are no guarantees. If you're not going to win this year, then what are you guaranteeing? "You're guaranteeing that you're still damaging his hurt areas. That's all you're guaranteeing." NBA.com

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Webber, whose former college teammate Juwan Howard is now a member of the Heat, was critical of the team’s offense. “Miami needs to take a deep look at itself,” Webber said after the Jazz’s 116-114 overtime win. “You have the best two players that this world has seen right now and the ball needs to be in their hands. To see LeBron (James) have a triple double but not always going toward the basket, standing on the side sometimes, not involved because of the offense, I think you have to think about that if you’re a Miami Heat fan.” Webber continued. “This is the same offense as Cleveland,” he said. “They stood around. (James) is the best player on this team. He needs four or five shots in overtime. Dwyane Wade needs four or five shots in overtime. Eddie House will make every shot he takes but he needs to take them after LeBron has gone to the basket. Quit all of this trying to be cool and compensating mentally. No, you’re not smarter. You’re better physically. Now, when you get rebounds, go. There is no way you should only have four fast breaks.” Palm Beach Post

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Stern levied a $50,000 fine on the Timberwolves and a $50,000 fine on team president David Kahn for stating that new acquisition Michael Beasley smoked “too much marijuana’’ while with the Heat. Beasley is enrolled in the league’s substance abuse program but teams are not allowed to discuss a player’s past or present substance use. It was a difficult week for the quotable Kahn, who engaged in an uncomfortable debate with NBA TV’s Chris Webber during a Las Vegas Summer League game. Kahn explained his curious decision to sign Darko Milicic to a four-year, $20 million contract by attempting to compare his development to that of Webber’s. Kahn asked Webber whether he, like Milicic, took a few years to find himself and become the dominant player he was in Sacramento. Webber wanted no part of such dialogue and quickly cut off Kahn, who later was quoted as calling Webber “kind of a schmuck.’’ Kahn turned down an interview request from the Globe Friday, just hours before the fine was announced. Boston Globe

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