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Chris Webber
Chris Webber
Position: -
Born: 03/01/73
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Earnings: $178,230,697 ($253,151,354*)
I hate to bring up Chris Webber because I feel like everyone asks you about him, but you had said that him serving as the honorary captain of Michigan’s Nov. 3 football game against Penn State was huge in terms of being an icebreaker and repairing his relationship with the school. By all accounts, it seems like it went well. From your standpoint, has there been progress since then? Jalen Rose: Can you put in bold letters: I asked him this. (Laughs) What always ends up happening is people get it confused and think I’m unhappy with my life and I just want to talk about him.
Storyline: Webber-Rose Feud
I’ll make it clear that you didn’t go on an unprompted rant about Chris Webber. Jalen Rose: Alright! Here’s the thing: We’ve gone through a lot together. We grew up together. I consider him like a brother. I was happy for him and happy for the university that he got a chance to go back on campus and be celebrated by the football program and be the honorary captain. I think it was long overdue, by both sides. Now, hopefully the next step is for the university to properly acknowledge our group and what we were able to accomplish on campus.
I’ll make it clear that you didn’t go on an unprompted rant about Chris Webber. Jalen Rose: Alright! Here’s the thing: We’ve gone through a lot together. We grew up together. I consider him like a brother. I was happy for him and happy for the university that he got a chance to go back on campus and be celebrated by the football program and be the honorary captain. I think it was long overdue, by both sides. Now, hopefully the next step is for the university to properly acknowledge our group and what we were able to accomplish on campus.
Storyline: Webber-Rose Feud
Two years ago, Divac made a deal with New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps, putting his job and his reputation on the line with a trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans and brought Hield to Sacramento. Well, Demps was fired on Friday while people in Charlotte were praising Divac. “Vlade has believed in these guys, especially Fox and Buddy, telling me a long time ago they were going to change the trajectory of the team,” Webber said. “The great part about it as a Sacramento fan is, I know Vlade, he doesn’t just work for the organization, but he is a fan of the city. He wants it to be great, not only on the court but in the community as well. “And, yeah, he’s going to (turn) it around. He already has. He said, ‘Give me two years.’ He’s done that. Just wait till we give him a little bit more time.”
Storyline: Kings Front Office
Among the other notable nominees: Sloan’s old friend Johnny “Red” Kerr, Del Harris, Curt Gowdy, Marv Albert, Jim Valvano, Billy Packer, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoc, the 1936 U.S. Olympic team, Chris Webber, Tim Hardaway, Rip Hamilton, Dale Ellis, Marcus Camby, Muggsy Bogues, Chauncey Billups, Mark Aguirre, Jack Sikma, Ben Wallace, Sidney Moncrief, Bobby Jones, Kevin Johnson, Rudy Tomjanovich, George Karl, Bob Huggins, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Bill Fitch, Rick Adelman, Rollie Massimino and Gene Keady.
Richard Jefferson’s focus has shifted. When he talks about working on his efficiency, he means the ability to communicate clearly in short soundbites with a slow, easy cadence. “I watch games now with a completely different mindset,” Jefferson told CBS Sports. “I don’t necessarily always watch basketball games to see what’s going on with the basketball game. I watch basketball games to listen to how Mark Jackson speaks or Reggie Miller or Chris Webber. What can I take from them? Listening to their timing, figuring out what I would say and how I would say it in those moments. Very similar to a kid who’s watching his favorite basketball player and then going out in the park and trying to emulate that move.”
Polite and smiling Monday morning, Kings legend Chris Webber made a quick jab at the current state of the NBA while commending the current Sacramento squad and community at large. “Very honestly, it’s Golden State (Warriors) the next two years anyway,” Webber said. “So anyone that’s upset, trying to make the Kings win a championship this year, it’s probably not the smartest idea if you like long, sustained winning like the Sacramento area does.”
After a 10-year hiatus that ended in 2013, Webber has maintained his distance from UM, which had to remove the Final Four banners from appearances in the Final Four in 1992 and ’93. Webber is expected to be an honorary captain for Michigan’s football showdown against Penn State on Nov. 3 at Michigan Stadium. That could be a significant bridge to Webber reconnecting with U-M and building a better relationship between the sides.
Rose has been the main catalyst among the players, trying to get some resolution to the issues from both sides. He sees Webber’s return to UM as a move in the right direction. “Nov. 3 is a huge date as an icebreaker once he goes to campus and he’s celebrated by the fans and he gets a chance to be welcomed by Jim Harbaugh,” Rose said Monday at a fundraiser at the Detroit Golf Club for his Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. “That’s going to be a catalyst for what could happen going forward.”
Storyline: Webber-Rose Feud
Six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire talked about the wine baths he took during his NBA career while on TNT’s show Players Only on Tuesday night. With Chris Webber, Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis on set, the questions went from “How did the wine baths help you?” to “How about the recovery in the morning, you ain’t have no hangover in the morning?” to “Do you drink your own bath water (from the wine bath)?”
While he was cleared by the FBI after its six-year investigation into Michigan booster Ed Martin and his payment of players, four Wolverines (most notably Chris Webber) were found to have received more than $600,000 combined from Martin. The sanctions that followed stained the Michigan program but changed nothing of the question that remains today: Why aren’t the players who are driving these profits paid? “It really just becomes a mockery when you hear that the players who are participating can’t profit off of their likeness, can’t get a summer job, can’t go to the pros right after high school, all of these barriers,” Rose said. “An organization like the NCAA can still be classified as a 501-C3 (nonprofit organization tax classification)? That in itself allows me to understand that there definitely needs to be change – swift, fast and in a hurry.”
Storyline: NCAA Scandal
Chris Webber told The Dan Patrick Show on Friday that he tried to go after Vin Baker – but blamed the whole thing on Gary Payton for hyping him up just a bit too much during the game. He almost made it in, he said. “I did get close to him and if we caught each other, we would have fought. But someone would have broken it up after three seconds, so it wouldn’t have been a fight. But a couple of weeks later we went out and we hung out, so it was nothing. But that’s Gary Payton on the team it just pumps everyone up and makes it an issue.
They ended up with four meters for player attributes: Speed, 3-pointers, dunks, and defense. They added clutch in the Tournament Edition game, which Turmell said was a much better game. (Chris Webber had a “zero” in clutch in the arcade version of Tournament Edition.) Turmell, who was a big Detroit Pistons fan — and, thus, hated the Chicago Bulls — famously even tried to rig late-game situations that involved the Bulls and Pistons. If the Bulls were in a close game with the Pistons and took a last-second shot, there was a special code in the game that would cause those shots to be bricks more often than normal. “Nah, I didn’t know anything about that,” Scottie Pippen said. “But I’m sure it was, they were beating us back in those days. But we were the better team, and the better players. But I’m sure they had a code in us somehow to kind of, keep us down.
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What do you see in Durant that makes him a good candidate for Defensive Player of the Year? Chris Webber: “His size. It’s literally what God gave him, his height and his length. Therefore, because he can move laterally and he’s seven feet tall, he’s not 6’9”. He’s seven feet tall. He can check other guys on the rim and use his length. That’s part of it. He’s a great help defender. He has other good defenders on his team, including a great defender in Draymond. I think he’s learned a lot as well. So I’d have to give him all the credit with the effort in, he’s had to learn to play defensively the right way and he uses his God-given ability to block shots on smaller guards and come over and help on bigger players. It’s been fun watching him evolve into a very good two-way player.”
Listed at 6-foot-10, 232 pounds, Giles has a similar frame as Webber and the rookie has heard the comparison before. “I could have picked that one,” Giles told NBC Sports California when asked who Stojakovic might have compared him to. “I like that. It’s a huge honor for me. That’s something I’ve been kind of hearing since high school. The older I got, the more film I watched and I can kind of see what people are talking about now. It’s crazy I happen to be on the Kings now.”
Is broadcasting something that you plan on doing for a long time? Chris Webber: It is, definitely. I hope to be involved in basketball for a long time, whether in management or working here at Turner. I love to do the games and stay close to the games. This new opportunity, being in the studio and working with guys like EJ and Marv Albert and Dick Stockton and Kevin Harlan, it’s so much fun. I hope to continue to get better, but yeah, I definitely take this serious and I want to make sure I give it my all when I’m doing it.
There are times when people within the game tease one another, like the night Johnson asked him how many timeouts are allowed in college games. Webber thinks that’s fair — but he avoids the banter that turns personal. “As long as I don’t speak about guys’ character, then it really doesn’t matter,” Webber said. “There’s nothing that I can say about a player that hasn’t already been said about me. There’s no sensitivity there. Players, when certain commentators say something, he can say: ‘How can he say that? He’s never been in that position.’ Well, the player can’t look at me and say that.”
“That ’99 team is the only one I remember going to the championship in recent history,’’ Webber said of that Sprewell-led Knicks club that faced the Spurs. “It would make sense to have all those guys there. Think about recent Knicks memories — that Miami series. It would make sense to keep those memories there. “I had friends calling me from New York — Spree’s here, Spree’s here. It was a good memory for everyone to remind people what it was like in the good days.”
Storyline: Knicks Front Office
The list of eligible candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2017 was announced Wednesday afternoon, headlined by former NBA stars Mark Aguirre, Muggsy Bogues, Maurice Cheeks, Tim Hardaway, Tracy McGrady, Sidney Moncrief, Mark Price, Ben Wallace and Chris Webber.
They arrived to the team nearly a month apart — Chris Webber through trade in May 1998 and Jason Williams as the No. 7 overall pick in the June 1998 NBA draft. Webber would soon become the face of the franchise, and along with Williams and veteran center Vlade Divac, usher in an era of prosperity the likes of which the franchise had never seen. “[The Webber-Williams era] kept the Kings alive and, in this town, very relevant. It certainly did not hurt the efforts of getting a new building.” said Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear. He’s been with the Kings since 1988, when they opened their previous arena, and recalls when the SLAM Magazine cover was published. “The Kings were so good back then and so entertaining. It carried the Kings through their dark years.”
Nelson hired Popovich at a time when he and his star player, Chris Webber, were barely speaking, so Popovich became the intermediary, the guy whose job it was to tell Webber the hard truths about himself. “Pop was great,” Nellie says. “He’d tell Chris, ‘You’re just silly. You don’t get it. You’ve got to mature.’ Too bad he [Webber] didn’t listen. It took him until he was 35 to get there, and by then it was too late for us.”
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Maybe he felt that anguish from Game 6 in 2002 and felt the need to defend Spurs Nation at any cost. He was invited on the Dan Patrick Show to discuss his passion and outrage and had some interesting things to say. “I’ve definitely played a game — I’ve played one game in which yes, something smelled weird about the whole situation.” I’ll say it: He was referring to the worst officiated game in NBA history and that’s according to ex-commissioner David Stern.
TNT game analyst Chris Webber claimed the San Antonio Spurs were robbed in the closing seconds of Game 2 of the Thunder-Spurs series on Monday night, when an offensive foul wasn’t called on Dion Waiters when he pushed off Manu Ginóbili in attempting to pass the ball inbounds to Kevin Durant. “That was an offensive foul, a blatant offensive foul,” Webber said. “That was there for anyone to view. He was out of bounds. You can’t push anybody from there. … Terrible!”
Such a tactic did not go over well with TNT analysts Reggie Miller and Chris Webber. “I prided myself in going out there and playing, even if it was 20 minutes in Games 80, 81, and 82,” Miller said. “I always felt like there could be some kid or family that has a chance to come to their first game ever and that’s the game they chose and even if you’re out there for 15, 20 minutes, I felt it was my duty. “Having said all that, only a coach can understand the resting of players in preparation of a long, strenuous playoff run. Look, if you’re Popovich and some of these other coaches, you have got to do what’s best for your team. And with the success of the Spurs, that’s why we don’t question [Popovich] anymore.”
Storyline: Spurs Resting
Webber, a former King, lamented players taking days off. “I agree with [Miller] as far as the fact that the culture is different,” Webber said. “Because it’s a copy-cat league, you can copy a guy like Popovich without having the success of him and without having to validate it. “It doesn’t make any sense. I could understand if I had a nagging injury and if you’re fighting something and you’re really hurt and you don’t want to risk it that much more. I definitely understand that. I understand if the coach wants to give this guy some rest, maybe if it’s two back-to-backs and you’re starting the playoffs on Saturday. But as far as teams that don’t have any chance of making the playoffs, it used to be the only thing you had to do is play the season out with a little bit of honor and just honor the fact that you’re going to give it your all the whole season and your record doesn’t indicate your effort. It just seems times have changed.”
Storyline: Spurs Resting
That wasn’t the case in McHale’s day. “This rest stuff just drives me crazy,” McHale said. “You’re playing basketball for a living, OK? I understand if you’re working in the coal mines and they may need a rest day after. But you’re playing basketball. The joy that comes with competing in basketball, it’s fun to play. I never got tired in a game. How could you get tired in a game, playing basketball? I don’t understand this.
Storyline: Spurs Resting
Peja Stojakovic on his favorite memories in the building: “I have so many. But the shot Mike Bibby hit off of Chris Webber’s hand off that sealed Game 5 in the (2002) Western Conference Finals was one of the biggest shots for our team.” On being in attendance for the final regular season home game with fellow Kings legends on April 9: “You’re going to see a lot of generations of legends – players from all the way back in 1985 to now. There’s going to be so many different teams and so many different stories. I think it will be great for fans to get a chance to (see) all of those players that night.”
“Houston is the most disappointing team that we have in the league, more disappointing than the Philadelphia 76ers, and I don’t know if anybody can thrive in that system,” Webber said. “I definitely know it’s tough to age when the system does not include your age in the system. “If I’m [Howard], I’m trying to offensive rebound a little bit more. If I’m him, I’m running right down the middle of the lane on a secondary break, posting up in the middle, and turning for a jump hook because you’re going to foul me. I’m going to put myself in positions where you have to get me the ball, and when I get the ball I’d be stupid to pass it back out. There’s ways, and he’s one of the best big men in the game still. He should be the second-most-targeted player on that team.”
To this stage, Wade’s performance has been closer this season to Duncan than Bryant, Wednesday notwithstanding, with the Heat’s performance in the standings closer to the Spurs than the Lakers. “So if you afford Dwyane Wade that,” Webber said of an ongoing support system, “I don’t care how old he is. He is going to get to the free-throw line. He’s going to knock down the shot off of a pump fake, and the Euro-step and is going to walk into a three.”
As Gottlieb tried to explain the reason for asking the question about Webber’s former Michigan teammate Jalen Rose, Webber cut him off talking about what he wanted to talk about on the show and more about his course at Wake Forest. From CBSSportsRadio.com: “I mean, Doug, we ain’t talking about that,” Webber said. “You ain’t getting that interview. I’m talking about Wake Forest. I don’t talk about him. I talked about him one time on The Dan Patrick Show. That was it.” “Come on, Doug,” Webber said, annoyed. “I just told you respectfully on your show I’m not going to talk about it. I’m talking about being a professor at Wake Forest teaching a class on culture in sports. Now do want want to beat me up because I did not answer you on your show?”
Storyline: Webber-Rose Feud
Not at all, Gottlieb said. “I don’t want to answer the question,” Webber reiterated. “So what would you ask me after that? Because I’m going to put this in for my class as far as how did you handle the media. I’m going to show them right now: I do not want to answer that question. I respectfully ask you not to ask me that again so you can blow your numbers up for your show. I don’t want to talk about that, Doug.”
Storyline: Webber-Rose Feud
Professor Webber will teach a course on sports, race and society as part of the university’s Documentary Film Program. “I’m excited to bring real-life experience to the program. Sports are my passion and telling stories about sports is my new career,” Webber said in Wake Forest’s press release announcing the program. “I’ve been involved with the NBA for nearly 25 years, and I understand firsthand how sports, business, race, gender and economics mesh.”
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.