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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  47 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Chris Webber

C-Webb was the most prized recruiting prospect in the state of Michigan since Magic Johnson. He was named Michigan’s Mr. Basketball and was the National High School Player of the year in ’90 – 91 after averaging just under 30 and 13. He led the Fab Five to the National Title game in his sophomore season at U Mich when he famously called an unavailable TO with 11 seconds left, got called for a technical foul, and effectively clinched the game for UNC.

C-Webb was then drafted #1 overall by the Magic but promptly traded to Golden State for Penny Hardaway. He Won ROY honors and helped lead Golden State back to the playoffs. Differences between Webber and coach Don Nelson prompted a trade to the Bullets in his second year where he teamed up with fellow Wolverine, Juwan Howard. The Bullets were swept by MJ and the Bulls in the ’98 playoffs and then Webber was traded to the Kings where he continued to cement himself as one of the top PFs in the game. The Kings became a perennial playoff threat and Webber was rewarded with a 7-year $127 million contract in in 2001 (not bad). After micorfracture surgery, Webber went on to play for the Sixers and Pistons before retiring at the end of the 2007 season. His career averages are very impressive: 20.7 pts, 9.8 rbs, 4.2 asts. C-Webb was a bruiser but also a great passer and mid-range jump shooter. He also had a thing with Tyra Banks for a minute….so between that and $127 million, he didn’t too badly for himself. Got a lot of requests for Mr. C -Webb. Enjoy.

@Schneezy

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  • Hussman25

    The most touching NBA Draft “green room” shot was when C-Webb’s pops hugged him ubber tight and wouldnt let him go so he could shake Stern’s hand… Great Draft night memory! Webber as a Bullet is my fav of all his stops!

  • abaci

    nice mix. always liked webber. The early 2000′s kings teams were a blast to watch

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    One of my top 5 faves! C-Webb was without a doubt my favorite PF off all-time. Wish he would have got a ring somewhere, but he did his thing regardless.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Best SLAM Cover Ever was the #40 C-Webb/Eboy one.

  • Martey

    Great great player. One of the pioneers of the baggy shorts era (with Rasheed NC, Stackhouse NC, Camby Umass etc..) Hopefully he makes the HOF. His bottom line stats are good, he just lacks the hardware (but so do many). Great passing power forward. His passing in the paint was almost as pretty as a point guard in the open floor. His career would have been very different if he had stayed with Orlando and played 4 and 5 with Shaq. The Sacramento supporting cast was decent, more entertaining than championship caliber, but if he had that early on with another superstar, we may be talking about Chris in a different way. Too many trades and a surgery made him fall to the back of the public consciousness but this kid had game!

  • Ali

    “My aim is dunk em’ like I’m Chris Webber” Chuck D – “I Stand Accused”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He’s on my best power forwards of the 90s list.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    i remember an In Your Face article about C-Webb back in Slam 100 by Michael Bradley. That was a nice write-up. “We Reminisce”.

  • B8nasty

    ALL TIME FAVORITE player. when i used to carry a wallet i would always have his card in there. nothing but love for him, seems like a great caring kind person, but i dont know him. just glad i still get to see him around, makes a great commentator.

  • http://big11mel@yahoo.com Big Mel

    Some of best hands in NBA history

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    Nice mix C-Webb was that n*gga. I want to see a FOTS on ‘Sheed though

  • http://SLAMonline.com GotHandles?

    “i don’t believe in role models but uhhh, u mine”. One of my favorite commercials of all time.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Chris Webber is right up there with Charles Barkley.

  • Overtime

    YESSSS! Cosign EBOY, he is an absolute favourite of mine. The guy could do it all.
    Also, him and Vlade are the best passing frontcourt duo EVER!
    He is also a great commentator.

  • dabaldchino

    best hands i have ever seen, like fly paper. I remember numerous times he would catch an off target pass on the move and it was literally behind his head and rebounds or deflections he would just reach out and snatch it.
    Who else had hands like him?? Z-bo? dujuan blair?
    timmy? bird? mchale? hakeem? lambieer? bernard king?

  • NJ4Life

    Woulda been so nasty next to bron if they played at the same time. Love those black Kings unis

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    His offensive game was a thing of beauty…so smooth yet so powerful.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    His offensive game was a thing of beauty…so smooth yet so powerful.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    oops, sorry bout the double post

  • Darius

    Those Kings teams in the early 2000s were fun to watch. It fun to see C-Webb on TNT

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The only thinf awkward about C-Webb’s NBA career was when he wore the #2 for the Bullets….it seemed so weird not to see him in the #4.

  • JTaylor21

    I wonder how many Kings fans would come on here crying about how they were cheated during the 2002 ECF. Deal with it okay, you weren’t better than the Lakers and never will be, you guys had a better starting 5 but the Lakers had one of the BEST combo of all-time. It goes to show that two EXTREMELY talented players can beat 5 very good players. Also much love to CWebb; one of the best PFs of all-time. Shoutouts Chuck’s bald dome.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    C-Webb is very good on TNT studios. So as Kerr in the sidelines and its nice he’s goin back.. and Reggie Miller is.. well everyone knows it.

  • Detroit Dave

    Chuuuch!

  • The Lord of Nsam (formerly known as Fresh Prince)

    Great pick Schneezy, I really used 2 like Mayce Edward Christopher Webber III. I remember looking all over Cameroon 4 Naughty By Nature’s 2nd album just cuz I heard he had a skit in it (my 2 passions of the 90s, East coast rap and BBall). Plus the dude looked cool, like he could be ur homey despite all the Star power. I have one cote I read from him somewhere that I still use 2day, I don’t remember the exact words but it sounds like: “…If they ask u 2 win 1 game, win 2 or 3… Always exceed expectations”…
    Thanx Schneezy!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    One of the best pfs of all time, he could do everything on the court. After surgery philly cwebb still put up 20 10 on one leg. And fukk you jtaylor kings were robbed and everyone knows it. Did you even watch that series? Probably not. In gm 6 lal shot 27 fts in one qtr, most of the calls were anticipating vlade or pollard fouling shaq, but they didnt. Dont forget kobe trucking bibby with the forearm to the face and its somehow a foul on bibby. If you think kobe, bron, etc get star calls now, you should have seen then. Kings were robbed, big time, anyone who watched it knew, even many la fans. But o well, cwebb is goin to the hall of fame.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    chris is like the new school sir charles. was a force on the court like charles, but had a smoother touch. good to see that he’s taking retirement gracefully, and that he’s commentating.
    also, it still blows my mind that he produced a track for nas. anyone know his other notable production credits?

  • thegggfunk

    Just an all round smooth guy. Emotional career

  • http://aol.com Run’N'Gun219

    CWebb was so smooth. My Favorite PF hands down. I think he was last real power forward the league had. He was everything u wanted a PF to be. Could bang down low, rebound, athletic, run the floor, nice jumpshoot, GREAT Hands, GREAT passing, be gritty and nasty, and wasnt afaid. He gets a lot of slack cuz he didnt win a ring and he called that time out. But He averaged 20 and 10 for his entire career. And he’s a dope producer. He made Blunt ashes on nas hip hop is dead cd. Much Respect Kid

  • Martey

    @DavidR. I think he may even have had an album out in then early 90s, maybe 93-94. I remember seeing his video on the Box and seeing ads for his album or record label in the Source. I was so hype when he paired up with AI but it seems his pairings on paper always worked out better than on the court.

  • erich

    @JTaylor
    If you know the game then you should be able to admit that this talented Kings team was as good as the Lakers or even better. And I know that at least game 6 was fixed so the NBA could show another game of this great matchup.
    It’s hard to look at the faces of the Kings’ players.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fxj0fREr6w

  • Robb

    One of the coolest guys on and off the court, and a hell of a player! Thanks for the post!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    easily, EASILY, one of the most skilled basketball player of our era. I was just watching the 2001 ASG on NBA TV last week thinking this cat was talented on a whole nother level

  • andrew

    Webb made everyone wanted to be a PF, and in his peak he puts the word POWER in PF, America’s Most Wanted.

  • PG

    Love C-Webb! Very underrated player, even back during his prime. Before Duncan, this guy was THE best PF. It’s just a shame injuries plagued the tail-end of his career.

  • abaci

    Your team was cheated by the refs, get over it? are you serious Jtaylor ? that is beyond wack

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negative kreep

    Marty: If C Webb, Divac, peja, Doug Christie, Lindsay Hunter, Bibby, turk, B Jackson, Pollard and coach weren’t championship caliber, then what the F*ck is?!?!?

  • The Philosopher

    Hall Of Fame material.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negative kreep

    C Webbs game was soo damn smooth for real. Back in the day I was jockin a Webb or Spree Blue n gold Warriors jersey, damn that was the ish! Woulda been sick to see both them guys and Johnny Cage aka Chris Mullins ball with Killah crossover…

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negative kreep

    shout out to the Philosopher.

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Negative Kreep.
    What’s going on, brethren?

  • Bk Chris

    I loved 2000s scowling (check 2:37) Afro c Webb!

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    I LOVE THIS MAN! I remember trying so hard to be him when I was 12-14, buying those shoes, wearing 4 and running with those weird thumbs ups. The early 00s was a power forward mecca. Duncan/CWebb/KG/Sheed were all at their peaks and Dirk was almost at his. Malone was still putting up numbers. Hell, even Dale Davis, Antonio Davis, Anthony Mason, Brian Grant were pretty decent players. When all these guys disappear, who’s gonna hold the PF fort down? Chris Bosh? Amar’e? Please…..

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    jtaylor, what you have just said regarding the kings and lakers is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this site is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Cabooosee- thats been done more times than its been funny. You get an E for effort

  • that dude

    He led Michagan to the title game his freshman and sophmore years.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    oh sorry Tarzan, I’m new here, I didn’t know that was a popular joke

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