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Tuesday, January 16th, 2007 at 1:27 pm  |  47 responses

When Chris Webber was a superstar

Digging into the SLAM archives

Chris Webber, as you know, is about to sign with his “hometown” Detroit Pistons. For the most part, the news of this signing has been greeted with the reaction “Decent pickup if he can be a role player. But his defense is terrible.” Instead of piling on, here is a look back to when CWebb was one of the most dominant players in the league. This is from SLAM 70 back in June 2003, a split cover with Webber on one and Jason Kidd on the other. The Webber coverline was “King of Kings.” And here is the story “Heart of a King” by Bonsu Thompson, portraits by Clay McBride.

Chris Webber has been taking hits—on his character, on his game—since he was in junior high. He’s cool with that, provided he gets the last laugh.

Summer ’85. A Detroit gym. It’s not just a regular practice day for the 13-and-under squad of the local AAU set, the Superfriends. The collective of inner-city young’ns—known around Motown for their blacktop-edged guard play, especially by their cocky, left-handed pg—are hungering more than ever to win nationals, but to do so, they need big help in the paint. That’s why their coach has been trying so hard to lure, quite possibly, the state’s best preteen big man onto his roster. It’s today that the promising 12-year-old walks through the door.
Mayce Edward Christopher Webber III is skinny, but he still stands over six feet and is much bigger than your average sixth grader. He rocks a nappy fro, dingy tube socks and a tight, Hawaiian Sophie-styled matching shirt and short set, courtesy of Doris Webber’s sewing machine. But instantly there’s a problem worse than his fashion statement. Chris may be key to the Superfriends’ title strategy, but he can’t be the man, not with the team’s cock-sure point holding the reins. Jalen Rose isn’t about to let go of the wheel, especially not for someone he doesn’t think can drive as well as him.

“All right, everybody get on the line,” the coach screams. “We’re going to run.”
Chris just missed three straight lay-ups
during a scrimmage. All three times he was fouled. He’s the biggest on the team, but, in the team’s eyes, far from the toughest. “Come on man, I ain’t gotta run, that was a foul!” Chris yells. “Well, we don’t call fouls,” the coach shoots back. “And matter of fact, next time you’re dunking on him. And if you don’t, you gonna run again.”

“Ah, this cat can’t play, man,” Jalen sprays for everyone to hear. “He’s soft!”

For the next two weeks, Chris tries to prove his heart is as big as his body. The task prepares Chris for his manhood. It would be his first major test, but definitely not his biggest, or his last.

Chris Webber has been misunderstood at least since he rocked those blue and gold unis in Ann Arbor in the early ’90s. His two years as the nation’s top big man for the team that brought hood style to the NCAA were stained by Wolverine haters’ warped perception of them as “hoodlums who hoop.” Even when Chris entered the League as the No. 1 pick in ’93, he carried the residue with him. Chris’ ROY award came after he’d butted heads with Warriors’ coach Don Nelson. He says he only asked to be treated with respect. He took a stand before Iverson had to, wanted to remind coaches that they’re coaching men first. His reward? He was sent to the cellar-dwelling Bullets. He’d get used to that sort of treatment.

“They say God puts you in situations so He could get the glory. Maybe it’s the way I am on the court…I don’t know, but I just try to be a humble dude,” Chris says. “I’ve even watched games with Bill Walton and these cats dogging me, and I’m like, What is it?’ They want me to confront them? If I’m quiet, it’s, I’m too quiet. If I say something, I said too much, so I don’t understand it.”

Even in Washington, Chris’ emergence was eclipsed by minor situations that were stretched with media yeast. A marijuana charge here, an argument with a coach there, all mixed with CWebb’s oncourt thuggin’, and all of a sudden the hype was bigger than his averages of 20.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 4.4 apg in his four seasons as a Bullet, bigger even than the fact that he led DC to its best record in 18 years. In the summer of ’98, he was sent to the woeful Sacramento Kings.

In Sacto, even on his best behavior, Webber was made the bad guy again, this after exploding on the local media for a perceived violation of his personal life. Steamed because he felt reporters were prying about him and girl/friend Tyra Banks, Chris went off. Disrespected? After what he’d done for that team, that town? It was enough to make a man wanna leave town—on his own.

Spring ’03. The Sacramento Kings practice facility. “Man, I’m so happy. I thank God every day,” Chris Webber smiles uncontrollably, sitting on the chain of chairs that separates the two full courts inside the gym. The Kings’ All-Everything has the day off with the rest of his mates, but his freedom from practice is not the inspiration for his Kool-Aid grill.

“I definitely could’ve been other places,” he tells. “New York and Indiana were really serious considerations, ’cause I had Jermaine O’Neal that’s younger than me to play the center and Jalen was there. I grew up loving Isiah. Playing with Spree would’ve been something, too. But I’m happy with my team. I think we have our own identity here with the style of play. These are people I want to go to war with every day.”

No doubt, the Kings’ image has undergone a metamorphosis. Forgotten are the days when Mitch Richmond served a bid year after year, putting up All-Star numbers while the team failed to bring its fans anything to be proud of. But the new-millennium Kings are fresher than ever. With Webber, the best passing PF in the game, teamed with Vlade Divac, the L’s best passing center, and versatile perimeter dwellers Mike Bibby, Doug Christie and Bobby Jackson, there are nights when Sacto looks like it’s playing in The Cage instead of Arco Arena.

Despite Webber’s happiness, it’s that gray cloud that seems to keep his superstar from truly shining. It seems the L accepts him as one of its premier players, but doesn’t really embrace him. His game parallels those of TD, Dirk Nowitzki and KG, but he’s rarely treated with the same love. “It’s probably because of the trouble that he’s been in, in his past, but he’s got a lot of fans out here,” says Kings guard Bobby Jackson. “Everybody’s going to have their opinions, but he’s definitely up there with the best ballers to ever play the game.”

When Chris’ name was once again dragged through the mud last year, he wasn’t surprised. Last spring, accusations surfaced that Chris and his family accepted more than $200,000 from former Michigan booster Ed Martin. As Chris told the Sacramento Bee last year, “I was definitely asking for money, to help me get gym shoes here and there…but that was the extent of it. As far as $200,000, that’s crazy numbers.”

Chris chalked it up as another small deal blown up to expose a person who doesn’t exist. Staring blankly onto the court, Chris addresses the situation. “If somebody said, ‘In order to make the League, you’re going to have to go through people lying about you, dogging your character, dogging you on TV,’ and asked, ‘You still gonna take it?’ Knowing that and still
having my blessings, I still would take it.”

Spring ’03. Arco Arena. The night before. The Kings have just survived a late-game run by the Houston Rockets to escape by a single digit. While Webber appeared to have a typical evening at the office, producing a routine line of 24, 9 and 6, his “average” game was actually more than met the eye.

Webber steps through the doorway of the Kings’ treatment room, hands bandaged, both knees strapped with ice packs, his left ankle wrapped like there’s two feet under it. Walking gingerly with a side-to-side limp, the King’s paint monster is looking more like a mummy. Chris is having an All-Star caliber year with half his body on the fritz. There’s his maimed ankle, which led him to miss most of February. Then there are his sore knees and jammed right hand, which he messed up so bad trying to guard Shaq in last year’s Western Conference Finals, he can’t make a fist to this day. “I know I came back earlier than I should’ve, but I did that so I wouldn’t still be getting used to playing,” he admits. “Now I’m kinda in the groove, getting use to playing, so hopefully when the playoffs come around it will be like second nature.”

If Chris isn’t feeling natural quite yet, he’s positioning himself to be downright scary in the postseason. His first game returning from that ankle injury, Chris gave the Knicks 20, 11 and 9. The following week, the Sixers got 29, 10 and 8 and the Jazz took 24, 15 and 8. All this on a very sore wheel, limiting CWebb to two-legged dunking. Injured or not, it’s damn near impossible to stop Chris Webber. How you want it? A defender backed down and a one-handed, cave-man slam, a hook shot (with either hand), an 18-footer, or the drive, spin and finger roll? Too many options. And if any part of his arsenal attracts too much attention, he has four other options all wearing the same jersey. Sacramento’s leading scorer and rebounder is also the team’s assist king.

But even with CWebb putting up some of the best numbers in the League—23.1 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 5.4 apg through early April—many still aren’t satisfied. Despite career averages of 22.2 ppg, 10.3 rpg and 4.4 apg through his decade of service, Webber is still criticized by some for the way he accumulates his numbers. After overpowering the centers in college, Chris had to learn to diversify when he arrived in the NBA. “I remember playing for Don Nelson, and his thing was he wanted me to be outside,” Chris says. “I remember saying to myself, I’ma have to get a lot better because right now I’m not confident in my jump shot, I’m not confident in my off-the-dribble moves, and things like that. And I tried to get better.”

So he worked on his game summer after summer, trying to lure his jumper out of the paint. In DC, he learned those nifty dribble-drive moves working out with then-Maryland star Steve Francis. His passing, already impressive from his Michigan days, continued to mature. Now that all of his cylinders are firing together, he’s like a brand-spankin’ new Escalade, powerful enough to roll over anything in its way, yet swift enough to maneuver around it.

But while there seems to be little Chris can’t do on court, that little is actually quite big. Chris was a roughly 50-percent free throw shooter his first five years, but after shooting a career-low 45 percent in ’98-99, his first season in Sacto, Chris decided to get help. That help came in the form of shooting coach Buzz Braman. Famous for lessening (slightly) the number of bricks Shaq puts up at the charity stripe, Buzz seemed like Webber’s genie out of the bottle. The following three seasons, Chris averaged better than 70 percent from the line, and his ’99-00 average was a full 30 percent higher than what he’d shot the year before.

Chris started taking his touch for granted, though, and the result was a 15-percent drop from last season to this one. That’s why, by the middle of the ’02-03 season, Chris and Buzz were inseparable again. “This summer I worked on a lot of other things beside my free throws, ’cause I was so confident in it last year,” Chris says. “I tried to work on my game, get my jump hook back, get my ankle ready, and in doing those things I started thinking, You don’t have to keep it tight. I blame myself for that, but it won’t be like that next year.”
“The [shooter’s] stroke is a lot like the golf stroke,” Buzz explains. “It’s a lot of small parts, and when you do one thing wrong, sometimes it sets off a chain reaction or two or three others. Chris had some problems in certain technique areas, and we do a lot of video tape breakdown, watch it in slow motion to get him to do the reps the right way. If you do a movement enough times, your muscles memorize it.”
Buzz seems to be working his magic once again. Ever since the two were reunited, Chris’ FT precision has been much improved—and just to prove the point, after our interview, Buzz had Chris shoot 100 free throws. He made 92. Their goal is to have Chris shooting at 80 percent by the playoffs.

Summer ’02. Arco Arena. Game Five of the Western Conference Finals has just been won on a Mike Bibby jumper. The Kings take a 3-2 lead on the Lakers and are in prime position to dethrone Shaq and Kobe. But Chris Webber can’t fully enjoy the victory. He’s catching the backlash of Bibby’s glory. According to his critics, Chris’ option to pass instead of taking the last shot was a sign that he wasn’t fit to be the King of the Kings. “It’s funny,” Chris remembers. “I even talked to Mike about this. Coach called the play, and Mike was like, ‘I’ma hit the shot,’ and I ain’t think nothing of it except for taking the pass for him, and that was a hell of a great shot. It’s just funny that when he made the shot and I didn’t take the shot, I got criticized for it. But I learned that it ain’t too much that I can do right. I just got to try to make sure that I just do me and get this championship.”

This season looks more and more like it might be the one in which the Kings wear the crown. Last year’s team, especially Bibby, kind of took the L by surprise, turning up their play after the regular season. But this year, Sacto came in highlighted as one of the L’s elite. The Kings’ defense is like a giant web, their high-powered offense is fundamentally sealed and blacktop-styled, and their second five is probably good enough to snatch a playoff spot in the East.

Webber can’t front. “I feel definitely like this year is the year,” he says. But Webber predicts that this season, the story’s gonna end a little different. “If we lose this year, it’s goin’ be my fault,” he affirms. “It’s not going to be the fact that I listened to what we should’ve did or how the play should’ve been. It’s gonna be a collective unit when we win, but if we lose it’s goin’ be my fault. I want the last shot.”

Pressure is nothing new to Chris Webber. He’s been proving himself on the court all his life. He doesn’t just want that ring, he needs it. Needs it to thank Mayce Webber II for insisting he continue playing with the Superfriends after that practice 18 years ago. Bringing the Fab Five their first NBA ’ship will allow him to thank Steve Fisher for respecting the art of expression, and Jalen for making him wipe his tears after that infamous timeout in New Orleans. And don’t forget Juwan, who helped him hold his head in DC. Chris will also get to thank all those haters who stand by with dirt-piled shovels. And don’t forget those Lakers.

“I think everybody thinks we fear them,” says Chris. “We’re not scared of them, man. I know that they got rings and Phil Jackson coached Jordan, but we don’t care about all that. It’s more like, I’m just waiting, ’cause right now words don’t mean nothing. I hear what they saying…I’m a be like Jay Leno when we win the championship, with a whole bag of jokes to start off every show. I’m a have my own monologue. I’m saving them up.”

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  • Ryan Jones

    Ah, Mace. Sam, you’ll be glad to know this helped inspire my next blog…

  • http://offthedribble.blogspot.com Matt Caputo

    Right about now a lot of people are wondering what happened to C.Webber’s attempt at a rap album.

  • http://www.sactownroyalty.com TZ

    Mayce is a sure-fire Hall of Famer. We may talk trash about him a bit in SAC, but we love the guy. Nothing was more fun than watching Webb and Vlade go circus-style on offense.

  • Boyd

    You know, C-webb was good. He really was. He used to be able to jump too. He did so much as a big man. Stuffed the ball down Barkley’s throat as a rookie. Good stuff. Call me crazy, but without i-don’t-want-a-wide-open-layup-so-i’ll-give-it-to-trailing-karl-for-a-dunk stockton, i think webber was actually a better all-round big man than karl malone. Karl got the MVP’s, cos jordan couldn’t win ‘em every year, and for the afforementioned reason also had a ppg inflated beyond his skill level. Webber might be one of the top 5 pf’s all time. Shame we’re gonna have to watch a motown massacre now.

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    Webber had his chances and blew them, but the playoffs after this cover should have been the Kings year. His knee exploded in a second round series with Dallas and he hasn’t been the same since. The Kings were the better team that year, but the Webber injury killed them. Would they have beaten the Spurs? Maybe. Probably not, but we’ll never know.

  • Ron

    The Webber buyout was Larry Brown’s first move when he came back to the Sixers. He got rid of a player he wouldn’t be able to coach. I assure you all Brown will be coaching the Sixers next year. Sorry Mo, but it is what it is. The writings on the wall.

  • hartadi

    i must agree with ron’s prediction and i hope when the time comes, brown will screw sixers up so bad that he has the word “CURSED” on his forehead. when i think again that detroit rather sign webber than wallace, all i could think of is ” THIS WORLD IS SO UNFAIR! “

  • Sparker

    that aside about how he was often compared to kg and dirk tells it all. ouch.

  • Chris

    4/5 years ago Webber and Sheed on the same team would have been CRAZY. They were two of the best. A lot of pople forget how good webber was, he was more althetic than duncan, had better ball handling skills, and was a better passer and Sheed had that unstoppable turnaround from the post with his high release.

  • Aaron

    Karl Malone at least attempted to play defense which is much more than I would say for C Webb.

  • illydiva

    I will miss his gorgeous face, but the jumpers from the elbow and the strolling back on defense…not so much. CWebb should’ve been good, but by the time he got to Philly he was a mere fraction of his former self. I’m glad to see him “go home” and I hope he does well. My Sixers SUCK!!!

  • DEVILb0y

    Webber played defense, he was even top 10 in blocks back in the day..

  • c1

    Chris,
    check the roster for 2001 all star game, not only sheed and webber, but also mcdyess, that’s CRAZY

  • Tom Jackson

    I hope illydiva is a girl.

  • Norway

    C-Webb’s not dead yet… Just wait and see!!!

  • http://aol.com Ma++hew

    when C Webb came 2 the sixers 4 the first time. we thought him and AI wood be sick. we were wrong. now thats webber is on the pistons and they really dont have a star it should b a nice fit. bu we’ve been wrong before.

  • William

    CWebb was my favorite player back when he was still in DC and Sacto. Didn’t know about his university years because NCAA wasn’t exactly big overseas at the time.
    He had at least one MVP worthy year in Sacto(00-01, 27ppg 11rpg 4apg 1.7bpg 1.3spg), but never did get the recognition (Allen Iverson).
    When Webber was good he was really really good. The big hands, passing skill, perimeter jumpshots, hookshot, dribbling skill, rebounding. He’s so good that the Kings used him as a Point Power Forward and really direct their offense through him just like a point guard

  • Wedgie Evans

    C-Webb, A-Rod, Peyton Manning…

  • He-Man G

    C-Webb will wear the number 84 on the Pistons. That number will represent the number of times Joe Dumars will be slamming his head against his desk in frustration. I think Larry Bird could jump higher than C-Webb right now.

  • Chris

    I miss the old C-Webb, people undeservingly put the blame on him when Sacromento flamed out in the playoffs. He didn’t derseve 90% of the hate he recieved throughout his career. Definately one of the most underrated PF’s, career numbers of 20-10-4-1.5-1.5 is nuts. Thats only 1 rebound off KG’s numbers.

  • http://www.two-zone.piczo.com Emilio

    C-Webb up in D-Town, lets see what hes gonna do… we can only wait

    peace

  • Chief

    Webber si washed up..this is just were he wanted to end his career.
    Now we get to learn if he wanted to end it on a good note. I don’t see rings for this cat…

  • chronically_ill

    People hate on C-Webb for not winning any chips, but that shouldnt be a measure of a player’s worth. Barkley never won a ring. Malone never won a ring. Reggie Miller never won a ring. Need I go on? And besides, C-Webb was going up against Shaq and Kobe. No shame in losing to those two. When it’s all said and done, people will hopefully appreciate him as one of the most gifted players of our era. What other player brought his combination of beastiness with finesse? People should enjoy him while it lasts (even if he is only a shell of what he was right now)

  • Troy Dallas

    Correct me if i’m wrong, but i believe the cover line from the cWebb/Jwill cover was “Double Platinum”, and the “King of Kings” cover featured only webber on it(unless there was another cover that had only JWill on it that I missed). Ahh…I miss those Sac days. Everyone used to look forward to a kings/lakers game or a kings/mavs game. They were Phoenix before Phoenix

  • hon

    I think it’s awesome that cwebb’s best year, stats wise, was his contract year, posted by William, the 00-01 season: 27-11-4. Remember that time? People were questioning if the Maloofs should resign cwebb for max money. He was well worth it for the first couple seasons, until his knee blew out against the mavs in 03. However, cwebb should be remebered by this generation as arguably the first player drafted into the L representing the so-called Slam Era. Am I wrong? I think he’s the one.

  • abelp

    im a laker fan but cwebb used to be one of the illest ballers of all time and i still think what if we coulda traded for him when he instead went to the kings…its a damn shame what happened to his knees but he still had a better career than most…best power forward in the league at his peek..love him to death…recognize bitches…!!!

  • DEVILb0y

    C Webb lost to the 3peat lakers but his kings were the biggest hurdle for the lake show, never mind the finals, the kings and the lakers back then were the finals…i dont care what anybody says, teams that webber went to were lottery teams and he made them into playoff (wash,sac) and even championship worthy teams(sac)but as we all know, nobody remebers the good times only the negative..sure cwebb was soft, didnt play defense, took too many outside shots, sure, sure and all the succes in sac was cause of vlade, yeah right..he’s top 5 power forwards of all time period!

  • William

    I wouldn’t necessarily agree the “of all time” part :)

  • http://Nbaslam $D-money$

    I would agree because he sucks

  • Paolo

    Chris Webber has been one of the best players that have played the game in the past 15 years. Before him, no big man has displayed the combination of size, strength, agility, ball-handling skills, passing and swagger the way CWebb has. And he has got to have the best “hands” of all time. He just catches everything. And he is best passing big man since larry Bird. But he has been clouded. The Don Nelson bump during his rookie year just left him an indellible print. Traded to Washington then banished the NBA-version of the planet Pluto, Sacramento. Sure, you can say that the asquisition (via signing, trade or draft) of Vlade Divac, Jason Williams, Doug Christie, (eventually) Mike Bibby, Brad Miller, Keon CLark, Jim Jackson, the savvy of Geoff Petrie and the “gambling” of the Maloofs have catapulted the Kings to a few years run of being legitimate championship contenders. But it was the play of Chris Webber that held it all together. He was the swagger. He was the face of the franchise. With all due respect to AI, Chris Webber should have been the MVP during the 2000-2001 season. He carried the hapless Kings to the vicinity of 53-56 wins. AI was with the team for several years. Webber has been there for several months. That to me was more unthinkable than the supposed Sixer Rise. And also, during the Great Purple Reign of the Lakers, it was Webber’s Kings who solely said that they were not afraid of Team Tinseltown. If it wasn’t for Robert Horry and Mamba’s elbow to Mike “Mini-Me” Bibby’s face, the much-maligned CWebb SHOULD have won one championship ring already. That should have been enough to shut all Webber-Haters up. He has been criticized for seemingly being passive in the clutch, I say that he just wanted to get the job done. Whatever it took. AFterall, he set the screens and often-times delivered the pass to Bibby. Teams win. Unfortunately, Sactown came-up short. ANd now, long after his knees left him, he is definitely a shadow of his former playing self, at best. He can’t jump. Defend? I don’t know how. But he will be a valuable asset to contender. SOmebody who is cocky enough to demand when he shouldn’t have to. When he seemingly doesn’t have the right to. SOmething in me thinks that he is better suited with Phil Jackson’s Triangle Offense. ANd it would have been ironic to see the Last Great (Sacramento) King win one for the (previous)rival Lakers. But he chose home. Which is not entirely a bad thing. I do hope he wins with Pistons. He deserves the shine. He will never get it even he didn’t get injured. I’m sure all Webber-Haters will always have a refute. But whatever they say they can’t top this. Chris Webber got Tyra Banks. Is the approval of basketball dudes better than that? And whenever talks about Webber begins, people deviate around numbers talk. Why? Because his stats will just disprove the subjective hate.

  • Adam

    I started at Michigan the same year as the Fab Five. The first big game at Crisler was against the Duke juggernaut w/ Hurley, GHill and Sister Christian (the Duke Sucks/Laettner Swallows t-shirt was a big seller in the dorms). Before the game Webber struts out onto the court with that good natured smirk, in the baggy jersey that marked the dawn of a new era, and gives the ref a tap on the butt. As if to say Welcome to My World. Enjoy Your Stay. Make Some Good Calls Man. He had Phenomenal Swag. UM lost in OT.

    Webber’s career has been solid, but highly disappointing. He was a prototype 4 with rare charisma. But he fought his gifts – always played soft in the pros – wished he could be a 6’10 250 shooting guard. And had a tragic identity crisis. Wanted to be STREET. Couldn’t accept that he was a Country Day product. He should have gone down the GHill path . . . the charisma still would have shined through. But he had to be someone else. Always living a lie. Like when he took the $$$ from Ed Martin. Michael Ray found redemption. Maybe that will come to CWebb in Detroit.

    He outgrew the college game as a sophmore, but that Timeout set a cursed tone for his entire career. I wish he’d have come back for his junior year to make things right.

  • edmond

    good bye webber, hope you win a championship

  • Lil. Y

    CWebb used to be a great player. With more minutes he could get about 10 and 7 I guess. But we will see what Webber will give the Pistons. At least he has a great veteran team now. I think the 76ers will end up at the bottom of the East. CWebb and AI gone….

  • James

    Probably among Grant Hill and Hakeem Olajuwon, players who saw their seasons decline because of injury

  • E

    everyone forgets that C-Webb was sent to lottery teams and made them into legitimate playoff contenders….. its easy for us to sit back and give opinions.. but i would like to see how most of you would do playing an 82-game season, plus playoffs….

  • Escott Ingless

    Chris Webber is still a superstar. You can’t hate on his shine. You can try, but you will fail. Even in defeat C-Dub wins. Chris Webber will forever be a superstar.

  • Slim

    You are talking about probably the most complete big man since Derrick Coleman and even after numerous injuries he still is force on the court with 2 bad knees a bad back and a 1/2 in vert. Mark my words Detroit will be in finals you heard here first.

  • Mr Grady

    As awesome as Chris Webber was, he never realized his true potential. Chris was talented, great ball handler, excellent passer, BUT he was not aggressive enough! I love Chris Webber but he was a punk in that last Kings Vs. Lakers series when he was timidly guarding Shaq O’neal down the stretch in game 7! That moment was the defining moment of Chris’ career. At that point it should have been WAR. He didn’t wanted it bad enough for fear of offending Shaq. Chris is clearly washed up now, he moves like a very old man. All the best to him.

  • Robbie

    why does everyone hate on this guy? ..the avg.time a player has in the nba is like what? 4 years? webber has been through hellish injuries and back and this is like what his 14th season?…and he is still putting up 15-20 points a game plus 10 rebounds and is arguably the best passing PF to ever play the game…he is a fan favorite…..people keep talking about his age when guys like jason kidd ,grant hill, Shaq, Steve Nash ,Zo..etc..are basically his age or a year or 2 older….he is still a great player..he throws one down every now and then too…..he’s fun to watch and the Pistons are lookin great with this guy on their team….they are so much fun to watch …Webbers been through a lot of shit his career….ive stuck with him ever since he was at Michigan and i was 12 yrs old wearing those baggy shorts playing with my friends…glad to see he’s still around and is having a great season..hopefully he’ll have at least 2 or 3 more

  • King-4-Ever

    I don’t know what some people talk about. Have you ever seen any NBA player in your life that suffer so many injures like C-Webb and still can keep their game up?

    None, Coleman, Hill, Glen Robinson and a couple of them are among NBA players that got injured and lost their skills and quality.

    Injured in Washington and Sacramento and he stills average 20-10 lifetime before he was delivered to Philly. Is good to see Webber end his carrear in his Hometown.

    Keep it up C-Webb!!!!

  • fred latterack

    now now chris is a nice young man with a fantasic art collection
    any disrespect is just down right macho postuizing

  • http://aol darren

    remember the 5, remember the barkley slam, remember cwebb and spree, remember cwebb and juwan at bullets, remember the kings before phoenix. dont hate on mace for all the dissapointments the highlights keep his talent alive in all our minds

  • King J

    Before the injury in that dallas game in the playoffs c-webb was one of the best players in the league, it’s a shame people won’t remember him for those days because all people want to do is bring up the negatives, i will always back webber for what he has done in Sac. He was the reason the kings became a better team and in my opinion nothing was more fun to watch then when webb and J-will were together because of the style they played. Even though webb was never the same after the injuries he still put up the stats, the only knock on his career is that he hasn’t won a championship but he has come so close, i just really hope he wins one in his hometown cuz that would be a nice way to go out.

  • MELISSA

    CHRIS WEBBER IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE BEST. HE DIDN’T DO SO WELL WITH THE SIXERS BECAUSE THAT TEAM SUCKS.EVERY1 IS SAYING HE’S TO OLD AND DOESN’T PLAY THAT WELL ANYMORE BUT ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS LOOK HOW GOOD THE PISTONS GOT WHEN HE JOINED THEM. IF CHRIS WOULDN’T HAVE JOINED THEM THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE 5TH OR 6TH PLACE BUT BECAUSE OF CHRIS THEY WERE #1!!! AND FOR ALL THOSE HATERS THAT SAY HE SUCKS AND DOESN’T HAVE THAT MANY POINTS IN A GAME YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY HE DOESN’T?? ITS BECAUSE HE’S NOT 1 OF THOSE PLAYERS THAT HAVE TO LOOK BETTER THAN EVERY1 AND ALWAYS HAVE THE BALL HE ACTUALLY HELPS HIS TEAMMATES AND MAKES THEM LOOK GOOD TO. AND TO THOSE PEOPLE THAT DON’T BELIEVE ME JUST WATCH THE GAMES AND YOU WILL SEE HOW GOOD HE IS!!!!!!!!!

  • King-4-Ever

    Haters always waiting for the right oportunity to talk about negative things. Just look a these Sacramento team.., what happend after they trade their franchise player just to keep Peja happy.

    Peja is a cry-baby player. in these days he are doing nothig. he got big money and aint playing nothig. not a smart move.

    Webber is so special, in the end of his carrear playing center and making de Pistons a high contender for this year. I wish he can make it this year.

  • http://aol darren

    seems to be doing fine! ok its not chris as we remember him but his mere presence in the paint is causing cavs problems could you imagine the smile if he got that ring priceless

  • darren

    spoke to soon

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