Nellie Ball Strikes Again: Webber to Start

by February 05, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

When the Golden State Warriors signed Chris Webber last week, no one expected the soon-to-be 35 year old to contribute much to the team besides a bit of veteran leadership and, perhaps some desperately needed passing acumen.

In fact, most observers were confused by the signing of a guy who can hardly move anymore by the one of the League’s fastest and most chaotic teams. And now … he’s going to be a starter?!

Beginning Thursday against the Chicago Bulls, Webber will join Baron Davis, Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson as permanent Warriors starters, Coach Don Nelson said Monday.

“I think he should start,” Nelson said of Webber, who signed with the Warriors on Jan. 29. “I’m planning on starting him every game.”

Nellie, of course, is a certified basketball genius, so I suppose we sort of have to just trust his judgment here. But seriously, Chris Webber is going to be a starter on this team? Wow.