Chris Webber
American basketball player
Chris Webber
Mayce Edward Christopher "Chris" Webber III, nicknamed C-Webb, is a retired American professional basketball player. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a former All-NBA First Teamer, a former NBA Rookie of the Year, and a former #1 overall NBA Draftee.
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Shaquille O'Neal Doesn't Think We Need A Rule About 'Hack-A-Shaq'
Huffington Post - 9 months
Shaquille O'Neal may have retired in 2011, but the 44-year-old four-time world champion remains at the forefront of the NBA discussion. O'Neal, who has become an integral part of TNT's Emmy-winning NBA broadcast, spoke with The Huffington Post recently to discuss the Dwight Howard saga, Kobe Bryant's legacy and how he thinks Stephen Curry would fare in his era. What did you think of Dwight Howard's interview the other day with the TNT crew? He seemed candid. I thought it was very honest. This life that we live in, you have to perform to a certain level, or you’ll always be susceptible to criticism. Some people can take it well and some people can’t. When you call yourself a Superman or call yourself a great player, but then you don’t play like that, then of course everyone questions your character. I thought he handled himself well; I thought he was very eloquent in his speech. I think he’s got about four or five years left to go get [a championship], so good luck. I kind ...
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Warriors Start Big!
Huffington Post - over 1 year
WELCOME BACK. It seemed like the Finals just ended, but here we were back four months later at Oracle watching Steph the Magnificent do it again. After a special and elaborate ring ceremony (and title banner unveiling) where Adam Silver and Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber distributed rings to the team and staff, the Dubs went about starting their title defense by dispatching with Anthony Davis and the Pelicans fairly easily. The crowd was raucous and confident but I don't think anyone in the building expected Steph to pour in 24 points in the first quarter. Everyone knows Steph can shoot, but the part that is so fun for me is when here at home he CARRIES the game in his own palms. The atmosphere during those periods of Curry "flow" is why I love Warriors games these days. The first quarter/half seemed like one of the longest I can remember. Curry finished with 40 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Hope this portends for a long and victorious season ahead. Chris W ...
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Former NBA All-Star Chris Webber To Teach Course At Wake Forest
Huffington Post - over 1 year
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Former NBA All-Star Chris Webber has a new job: teacher. Wake Forest University announced Monday that Webber will teach a course in its new master of arts in sports storytelling program. Webber will be a professor of practice in the program that is part of the university's documentary film program. He will teach a class on sports, race and society. Webber was part of Michigan's "Fab Five" in the early 1990s, made five All-Star teams during his 15-year NBA career and now works as a television analyst. He formed a production company in 2012 with "Hoop Dreams" producer Peter Gilbert — who's also a professor of practice in the university's documentary film program. The program launches in Fall 2016.    Also on HuffPost:  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Chris Webber thinks ex-teammates exaggerated their importance in Fab Five '30 for 30'
USA Today - almost 2 years
Chris Webber thinks ex-teammates exaggerated their importance in Fab Five '30 for 30'           
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Chris Webber says LeBron James 'getting on bus' is key to Miami win
USA Today - over 3 years
C-Webb has the most perfect summation of the Heat's dominance.
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Losing Is Not a Winning Strategy in the NBA
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
The NBA season is beginning this week and fans of each team are, of course, optimistic. At this point, everyone can hope a title is possible come next summer. Although everyone could theoretically have dreams of a title in 2014, it is clear that every NBA fan isn't actually hoping their team is successful in 2014. Some NBA fans are actually dreaming of an event that happens just after the conclusion of the NBA Finals. For fans of a few teams, the focus is already on the 2014 draft. For example, some fans of the Philadelphia 76ers seem convinced that not only are the Sixers not trying to win this year, but that this is actually the best course of action for this franchise. Proponents of "tanking" dream of such number one picks as Shaquille O'Neal or LeBron James. Each of these players were selected number one and went on to win multiple NBA titles. Of course, other number one picks -- like Yao Ming, Michael Olowokandi, Allen Iverson, Joe Smith, Glenn Robinson, Chris Webber, Larry ...
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Jim Boeheim Against Paying Student-Athletes: 'The Most Idiotic Suggestion Of All Time'
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim isn't on board with paying college athletes. Speaking Wednesday in Syracuse at an annual Associated Press meeting of New York newspaper editors, Boeheim said he's heard the most recent talk about paying college athletes and calls it "the most idiotic suggestion of all time." Boeheim took exception with retired NBA star Chris Webber's complaint he received nothing after his team shirt was sold. In a documentary released earlier this year, Webber lamented that while a student-athlete at Michigan, his team jersey sold in a campus store for $75 without any money going to him. Boeheim noted that Webber received a free education and the exposure that allowed him to go on to a hugely lucrative professional career. "He didn't get his $30,000 or $40,000," Boeheim said. "But he got his money."
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school. Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough. Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.) 1. Scrunchies 2. "The Wild Thornberries" 3. Dawson and Joey 4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" 5. Mr. Feeny 7. MTV playing music videos 8. Snick 9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks" 10. Levar Burton 11. "Daria" 12. "Arthur" 13. "The Powerpuff Girls" 14. "Smart Guy" 15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings 16. "The X-Files" 17. Rosie O'Donnell 18. Bill Nye 19. "Dawson's Creek" 20. The Mighty Ducks" 21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 22. Cornholio 23. Rachel Green 24. Tim Allen 25. "All That" 26. "Beverl ...
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Travelzoo UK: Tips for Families Travelling This Summer
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As families across the UK get ready for a summer getaway, our Family Deals Expert Chris Webber has put together a list of top tips on how to make a holiday with little ones as stress free as possible. Be aware of the steep rise in costs once children get older • Most parents don't fully appreciate the additional cost to the family holiday once toddlers pass their second birthday and then they wish they had travelled more when their babies were younger, so make the most of the time you have! • Travelzoo estimates that the average rise in cost of a typical two-week family holiday is more than 40% from early summer (June) to peak (late July-August.) Smart families with babies and toddlers who are not yet restricted by school-holiday dates should try to travel at either end of the summer to still enjoy good weather and avoid the price hikes. Get your facts right about airline baggage allowances • Some airlines like Virgin Atlantic offer as much as 23kg of checked baggag ...
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Jake Fischer: The Incovenient Truth About Andre Iguodala
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
I was a rising fifth grader when the Philadelphia 76ers drafted a lanky 6'6" kid named Andre Iguodala out of Arizona with the 9th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. Just three years prior, I experienced my earliest professional basketball memories of Allen Iverson putting up 30 shots a game during the Sixers' run to the 2001 NBA Finals. In the year since Larry Brown had left in 2003, I was still clutching the sincere joy from an Eastern Conference championship and AI stomping over Tyronn Lue, but starting to lose faith that the boys of the then-First Union Center would be able to get back to the conference finals anytime soon. But then, Iguodala's fresh face, exciting raw athleticism and stoic attitude became Iverson's sidekick. I started to fall in love with the AI who wore #4, similar to how San Antonio Spurs fans have recently developed school-girl crushes on Kawhi Leonard. Iguodala, wearing just a sweatband on his left elbow, would camp out in the corner while Iverson ...
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A media panel Kings All-Time Starting 5
The Sacramento Bee - almost 4 years
As the 28th season of the Kings comes to a close, here's a peek at four longtime area media sorts with their All-Time Kings Starting 5. Vote for your own team or check photo galleries of players over the years on sacbee.com/sports. Check later for a Jerry Reynolds All-Time "Pro's Pro" and "Good Guys" and other memorable Kings teams with comments. Never boring with Jerry... Gary Gerould Radio play-by-play voice since 1985; local media since 1965 - Guard Reggie Theus - Guard Mitch Richmond - Forward Peja Stojakovic - Forward Chris Webber - Center Vlade Divac - Bench 3 - Mike Bibby, Doug Christie, Eddie Johnson Jerry Reynolds Kings coach, executive, and/or TV since 1985 - Guard Reggie Theus - Guard Mitch Richmond - Forward Peja Stojakovic - Forward Chris Webber - Center Vlade Divac - Bench 3 - Bobby Jackson, Mike Woodson, Eddie Johnson. Grant Napear TV/radio voice since 1988; local media since 1987 - Guard Mike Bibby - Guard Mitch Richmond - Forward Peja Stojakovi ...
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Jason Thompson wins Kings 2013 Oscar Robertson Triple Double Award
The Sacramento Bee - almost 4 years
I'm still flying back from OKC, but here is the press release from the Kings on the latest honor for Jason Thompson: SACRAMENTO, CALIF., Apr. 16, 2013 - In honor of one of the NBA's all-time greats, the Sacramento Kings continue to celebrate the legacy of Oscar Robertson, both on and off the court, by awarding the 2013 Oscar Robertson Triple-Double Award to Jason Thompson. The longest-tenured player on the current Kings roster, Thompson has proven himself a model professional and dedicated steward in the community ever since being selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Heralded for his hustle, rebounding ability and competitive spirit, JT has cemented his legacy as a fan favorite and respected teammate. Already an active contributor towards the Kings charitable efforts, Thompson broadened his philanthropic footprint after experiencing a personal tragedy a few seasons ago. In 2010, Thompson suffered the loss of his cousin to heart disease ...
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Chris Webber Arrives! Fab Five Reunion At Michigan vs. Louisville NCAA Tournament Final (PHOTO)
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
One of the most compelling story lines ahead of the national championship game between Michigan and Louisville involved a player who left Ann Arbor two decades ago. Would Chris Webber show up? Perhaps swayed by the pleas of his former teammate, Webber arrived at the Georgia Dome ahead of the game. Webber's arrival, televised by CBS before tip off, signalled that the long-awaited -- and avoided by C-Webb -- public reunion of the Fab Five was seemingly about to happen. Read More... More on Highlights
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Fab 5 Reunion?
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
The Michigan Wolverines are back in the NCAA Tournament championship game for the first time since the famous "Fab Five" played against North Carolina in 1993. In that title game, the team's biggest star, Chris Webber, called the most infamous timeout in tournament history when Michigan didn't have any remaining, allowing the Tar Heels to clinch the championship in the final minute. Twenty years later, Webber is apparently the last holdout preventing a Fab Five reunion at the Georgia Dome on Monday when the Wolverines take on the Louisville Cardinals, according to Jalen Rose. A former member of the Fab Five and current ESPN analyst, Rose spoke with Grantland's Bill Simmons on his podcast on Sunday and discussed his relationship with Webber. "The elephant in the room has been Chris Webber," Rose told Bill Simmons on his podcast on Sunday. "While he loves us like brothers and vice versa there has been a communication separation that has basically taken place since we ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Webber
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 40
    In 2014, he made another special appearance in the Kings' arena along with former teammate Mike Bibby and both were honored that day.
    More Details Hide Details Since retiring from the NBA, Webber has become an analyst on NBA TV's NBA Gametime Live. He does the Tuesday Fan Night alongside Ernie Johnson and Kevin McHale. He also served as an occasional guest analyst on TNT's Inside the NBA during the 2008–09 season. During Charles Barkley's leave of absence, Webber substituted for him along with other guests such as Gary Payton and Mike Fratello. Webber has also expressed interests in eventually becoming a GM and owner. In August 2010, Webber played in the NBA Asia Challenge 2010 at Araneta Coliseum in Manila, an exhibition game which pitted NBA legends and NBA Development League players against Philippine Basketball Association stars and legends. Webber has also stated he is working on a book. Outside of basketball, Webber has been active in his investment company representing basketball and football players, real estate, and film projects. In 2011, it was reported that, that company had lined up investors to build the Kings a new arena.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    In it, the University of Michigan repeated its position that it would not associate with Webber until he publicly apologized for his part in the Ed Martin scandal, with the self-imposed 10-year ban on its association with the remainder of the players ending in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Webber declined to participate in the documentary. Webber averaged 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists during his NBA career. The Golden State Warriors did not make the playoffs during the first 12 years after they traded Webber. In 1997, he led Washington to their first playoff appearance since 1989. They would not reach the playoffs again until 2005, seven years after trading Webber. Prior to Webber's arrival in 1998, the Kings made the playoffs only twice (1985 and 1996) since they moved to Sacramento from Kansas City in 1985. Webber was ranked #64 in SLAM Magazine's Top 75 NBA Players of all time in 2003. He was ranked #11 in an ESPN.com experts poll of the top power forwards of all time in 2005 and ranked #72 on a list of the Top 96 NBA Players of all time in Bill Simmons' bestseller The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy published in 2009.
    The NCAA also ordered Michigan to disassociate itself from Webber until 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Webber later called Michigan's decision "hurtful" because he and his Fab Five teammates "gave everything to Michigan" while they played there. After Webber's plea, the Michigan State High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) recommended that Detroit Country Day forfeit all games in which Webber appeared (including three state championships), since according to his own admission, Webber had been accepting money from Martin since junior high school. The school conducted its own investigation, and called a press conference to announce it had found "no credible evidence" that Webber had accepted "substantial" amounts of cash from Martin while in high school, and therefore refused to forfeit any games. The MHSAA claimed it had no legal authority to force the games to be forfeited. Webber was suspended by the NBA for a total of eight games—five for an unnamed violation of the league substance abuse policies and three for lying to the grand jury. Webber received the suspensions once he recovered from an injury that kept him out for half of the 2003–04 season.
  • 2011
    Age 37
    The scandal was explored in a documentary by ESPN Films called The Fab Five, which aired in March 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 35
    On February 6, 2009, Webber returned to ARCO Arena, home of the Sacramento Kings, to participate in the ceremonies surrounding the retirement of his jersey, #4.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, Webber was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, driving under the influence of marijuana and five other traffic-related violations after being pulled over for speeding on the way to the practice center at the MCI Center in downtown Washington, D.C. Webber was eventually acquitted by a jury of the assault, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and driving under the influence charges, and paid $560 in fines for lesser violations. Later in 1998 during the off-season, while leaving Puerto Rico on a promotional tour for Fila sneakers, Webber paid a $500 fine after U.S. Customs found marijuana in his bag. Soon after Fila dropped Webber as an endorser, a three-member panel of arbitrators awarded Webber $2.61 million for breach of contract. In 2002, Webber was charged for lying to a grand jury as part of a larger investigation of a numbers gambling operation, run by Michigan basketball program booster Ed Martin, in Ford Motor Company plants in the Detroit area. The investigation, originally focused on the numbers operation and tax evasion, soon widened to include the University of Michigan basketball program. Martin was convicted on counts of tax evasion and robbery and was scheduled to testify on the financial connections between himself and Webber at a sentencing hearing, but died of a heart attack before the hearing.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    On April 25, 2008, TNT offered Webber a job to be a commentator for the postseason.
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    On March 27, 2008, Webber made his first appearance on television on Inside the NBA on TNT, alongside Charles Barkley and host Ernie Johnson.
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    On March 25, 2008, Webber officially retired from basketball due to persistent problems with his surgically repaired knee and was waived by the Warriors.
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    On January 29, 2008, the Golden State Warriors signed Webber for the rest of the season.
    More Details Hide Details Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the San Francisco Chronicle reported that he would receive the pro-rated veteran's minimum of $1.2 million (approximately $570,000). This came after a rejected offer by the Los Angeles Lakers who were trying to coax Webber in with two 10-day contracts so they could decide afterwards if they wanted him the rest of the season. This also put to rest talks of joining the Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks, or retirement. He played in only nine games for the Warriors, averaging 3.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14 minutes per game.
    Webber continues to receive ridicule for his time-out error; when he joined Inside the NBA in 2008, part of the humorous initiation ceremony was the question "In college basketball how many timeouts do you get in a game?" (Webber replied, "I still don't know the answer!") His father has a license plate that says timeout.
    More Details Hide Details The game marked the end of Webber's acclaimed two-year collegiate basketball career. In his second season, he was a first team All-American selection and a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith College Player of the Year. These awards and honors have been vacated due to University of Michigan and NCAA sanctions related to the University of Michigan basketball scandal. In that scandal, Webber received over $200,000 from a local booster while playing basketball for Michigan. Webber was convicted of perjury and banned from any affiliation with the Michigan program until 2013. Despite the ban, Webber attended the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game between Michigan and Louisville. He apparently watched the game from a private suite, rather than in the grandstands near courtside, where the other members of the Fab Five watched the game together. Webber posted on Twitter before the game: "I'm here at the Georgia Dome to show my support for the Michigan men's basketball team in its quest for a National Championship. I've known some of the players on the team since they were kids and I am excited for them and all of the student athletes on the court tonight who are wearing the Michigan uniform. It has been a great season and I wish them all the best."
  • 2007
    Age 33
    Indeed, Webber performed well in the 2007 Playoffs despite receiving limited minutes.
    More Details Hide Details Webber still managed to average 10 points and 6 rebounds per game in the playoffs and shot an impressive 52.4% from the field. His efforts were highlighted by a game 5 performance in the Eastern Conference Finals in which Webber scored 20 points (including 5 points in the double-overtime period) on 9 of 13 shooting and grabbed 7 boards. Nevertheless, Detroit still lost what turned out to be the key game in the series in double overtime and Webber ended up averaging a career low 11.2 PPG in his run with the Pistons. During the off-season, Detroit did not re-sign Webber. Despite receiving lucrative proposals from teams in Europe, he was in free agency at the beginning of the regular season.
    On January 16, 2007, Webber signed with the Detroit Pistons.
    More Details Hide Details He has stated throughout his career that he always wanted to play for his hometown team. His usual number 4 had been retired in honor of Joe Dumars, so Webber donned the number 84, because his nephew had a dream of him making a buzzer beater with that number on. The Pistons were a much improved basketball team after Webber's acquisition, improving their record in the Eastern Conference and solidifying the first seed in the East. However, the Eastern Conference favorites failed to advance to the finals after losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, leaving Webber short of an NBA Finals appearance yet again.
    On January 11, 2007 Sixers GM Billy King announced that the Sixers and Webber had agreed to a reported $25 million contract buyout on the remaining two years left on his contract, in effect paying him not to play.
    More Details Hide Details Later that day, the Sixers waived Webber, making him a free agent.
  • 2006
    Age 32
    During the 2006–07 season Webber only played 18 of 35 games for the Sixers leading the media to question his motivation.
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    On Tuesday, April 18, 2006, Webber and Iverson were fined for not showing up at the Philadelphia 76ers' final home game of the season, which was Fan Appreciation Night, although both of them were injured and not expected to play.
    More Details Hide Details The following day they both apologized for being absent.
    However, they did not reach the playoffs in 2006, despite Webber putting up a resurgent 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
    More Details Hide Details Because of the microfracture surgery on his knee, Webber lost his lateral quickness and jumping ability. While he still possessed offensive skills, he was seen as a defensive liability and was usually benched for the 4th quarters. This caused Webber to reportedly call for a trade.
  • 2005
    Age 31
    He eventually helped catapult the Sixers to a berth in the 2005 playoffs, where the Sixers lost to the Detroit Pistons.
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    In February 2005, Webber was traded, along with Michael Bradley and Matt Barnes, to the Philadelphia 76ers for power forward Kenny Thomas, forward/center Brian Skinner, and former King Corliss Williamson.
    More Details Hide Details Webber took some time to fit in with the 76ers' offense, where he was the second scoring option, behind Allen Iverson.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 29
    Community awards Webber has won include the inaugural Sacramento Kings/Oscar Robertson Triple Double Award, which is annually awarded to a Kings player who exemplifies: team leadership, all-around game, and sportsmanship; the NBA Community Assist Award for his contributions in February 2003, and the Wish Maker of the Year in 2003 awarded by the Sacramento Chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation.
    More Details Hide Details More recently, Webber held a celebrity weekend, Bada Bling!, at the Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas. The event was held from July 28–30, 2006 and included a live auction and celebrity poker tournament. Many renowned NBA players participated including then-current and former teammates: Mike Bibby, Brad Miller, Andre Iguodala, Bobby Jackson, Kyle Korver, and his then-current coach, Maurice Cheeks. Other notable participants included Charles Barkley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gary Payton, Kenny Smith, Moses Malone, and Stephon Marbury. Numerous entertainers attended as well such as Nas and Common. All of the proceeds were donated to The Timeout Foundation. Webber hosted his second annual Bada Bling charity weekend from July 20–22, 2007 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Webber also has produced hip hop records, including two songs for rapper Nas: "Blunt Ashes" and "Surviving the Times".
    After microfracture surgery, he returned for the final 23 games of the 2003–04 season, in which he led the Kings (who went 55-27 that season) into the 2004 Playoffs where they faced their archrivals the Dallas Mavericks for the third year in a row, the Kings defeated the Mavericks in five thrilling entertaining games in the first round en rote to reaching the Western Conference Semifinals against the top-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves led by league MVP Kevin Garnett, a series that would prove to be one of the most memorable in NBA history.
    More Details Hide Details Each game was neck and neck with both teams trading wins in the first six games of the series as the Timberwolves won games two, three and five, while the Kings won games one, four and six, including 28 points 8 rebounds 1 assist 3 steals and 1 block from Webber in game four, heading into the deciding seventh game back at the Target Center in Minnesota, a game which would proved to be the most memorable of the series, the game was nip and tuck all the way with Webber recording 16 points 8 rebounds 4 assists and 1 steal and Garnett on the other hand recording 32 points 21 rebounds 2 assists 4 steals and 5 blocks boiling down to the last play of the game with the Kings trailing the Timberwolves with .2 seconds left in the game, after receiving an inbounds pass Webber pump-faked Garnett in the air and got a clean look as Garnett avoided contact for a three-point shot that rimmed out as the final buzzer sounded and the Kings lost Game 7 and the series, marking the third year in a row that the Kings lost a deciding game 7. It turned out to be the last chance the Webber-led Kings had to win a championship and he was traded the following season thus resulting in the team being dismantled the following season.
    In the second game of the 2003 Western Conference Semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks, Webber suffered a career-threatening knee injury while running down the lane untouched that forced him to miss nearly a year of action.
    More Details Hide Details This shattered the Kings` title hopes, and they lost the series in seven games.
  • 2001
    Age 27
    In the 2001–02 season, Webber played in 54 games leading the Kings to a Pacific division title and a franchise-record (and league-best) 61–21 season.
    More Details Hide Details He also made his fourth All-Star team and the All-NBA Second Team. In the 2002 Playoffs the Kings defeated the Utah Jazz in four games and Dallas Mavericks in five games in the first two rounds en rote to reaching the Western Conference Finals against their archrivals, the defending-champion Los Angeles Lakers led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, a series that would prove to be one of the most memorable (and most controversial) in NBA History. The series was nip and tuck all the way as both teams traded wins in the first six games of the series as the Lakers won games one, four (highlighted by the game winner from Robert Horry) and six (a game which featured many controversial calls, including a late-game foul on Mike Bibby—after he was bleeding from being elbowed in the nose by Bryant. All told, the Lakers shot 27 free throws in the fourth quarter NBA Commissioner David Stern denied Donaghy's allegations. Lawrence Pedowitz, who led a review of the league's officiating following the outbreak of the scandal, concluded that while Game 6 was poorly officiated, no concrete evidence existed of it having been fixed. Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy filed in court papers in 2008 said that Game 6 was fixed by the NBA.), while the Kings won games two, three and five, including 29 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists from Webber plus the game-winner from teammate Mike Bibby in game five, heading into the deciding seventh game back at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, a game which would proved to be most memorable of the series.
    On July 27, 2001, Webber signed a $127 million, seven-year contract with the Kings.
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    In the 2001 Playoffs, Webber and the Kings defeated the Phoenix Suns in four games of the first round to advance to the second round, where they faced the Los Angeles Lakers for a second year in a row.
    More Details Hide Details The Kings lost in four games to the Lakers despite Webber`s 21 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in game four.
    He also averaged 11.1 rebounds and was fourth in MVP voting, while starting at forward for the Western Conference All-Star Team in the 2001 All-Star Game in Washington.
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  • 2000
    Age 26
    Webber peaked in the 2000–01 season, when he averaged a career-high 27.1 points.
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  • 1999
    Age 25
    For the 1999–00 season Webber was the cover athlete on NBA Jam 2000; that season, Webber led the Kings to 44 wins improving their win column from a year before, and into the first round of the 2000 Playoffs where they faced the Los Angeles Lakers.
    More Details Hide Details After losing the first two games of the series in Los Angeles, the Kings won the next two in Sacramento, including 23 points, 14 rebounds, 7 blocks, 8 assists and 4 steals from Webber in game four, to send the series back to Los Angeles for a deciding game 5. The Kings lost Game 5 and the series to the Lakers who went on to win the championship that year.
  • 1998
    Age 24
    On May 14, 1998, Webber was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe.
    More Details Hide Details Although Webber originally did not want to go to Sacramento, as they were a perennially losing team, he had his best years in Sacramento and nearly took the Kings to the NBA Finals. When Webber arrived, the Kings also signed small forward Peja Stojaković and center Vlade Divac, and drafted point guard Jason Williams. In his first year with the Kings (the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season), Webber won the rebounding title averaging a league high 13. rebounds per game, ending Dennis Rodman's seven-year run as the NBA's rebound leader. Under the guidance of Rick Adelman, the Kings team made it into the 1999 Playoffs, where they lost to the Utah Jazz led by future hall of famers Karl Malone and John Stockton. In years to come, Webber and the Kings became one of the league's top franchises, and NBA title contenders. He was named to the All-Star team again in 2000 and 2001 while cementing his status as one of the premier power forwards in the NBA.
    By 1998, Webber had established himself as a great power forward, but his time in Washington had also worn out.
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  • 1997
    Age 23
    Webber rebounded the following year and was named to his first All-Star team in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details The same season, Webber led the Bullets into the playoffs for the first time in nine years, but they were swept by the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in three games.
  • 1995
    Age 21
    Webber was traded in his second year to the Washington Bullets where he was reunited with his college teammate and friend, Juwan Howard. He spent the next three years with the Bullets (later renamed the Washington Wizards), although in the 1995–96 season injuries limited him to only 15 games.
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  • 1994
    Age 20
    In the 1994 off-season, the Warriors acquired Rony Seikaly so that Webber could play primarily at power forward.
    More Details Hide Details However, at the time, the differences between Webber and Nelson were considered to be irreconcilable. Webber exercised a one-year escape clause in his contract, stating he had no intention of returning to the Warriors. With few alternatives, Golden State agreed to a sign-and-trade deal, sending Webber to the Washington Bullets (renamed the Wizards in 1997) for forward Tom Gugliotta and three first-round draft picks.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 19
    Webber was selected by the Orlando Magic with the first pick of the 1993 NBA draft, becoming the first sophomore since Magic Johnson to be a #1 overall draft pick.
    More Details Hide Details The Magic immediately traded him to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Penny Hardaway and three future first round draft picks. Over his 15-year NBA career, Webber made over $176 million. Webber had an outstanding first year, averaging 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He was instrumental in leading the Warriors back into the playoffs where they were swept by the Charles Barkley-led Phoenix Suns in three games. However, he had a long-standing conflict with his coach, Don Nelson. Nelson wanted to make Webber primarily a post player, despite Webber's superb passing ability and good ball handling skills for someone his size at tall. Webber also disliked playing a substantial amount of time at center, given Nelson's propensity towards smaller, faster line ups.
    On April 5, 1993, at Michigan's second consecutive NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game with 11 seconds remaining, Webber brought the ball up the court into a half court trap.
    More Details Hide Details Michigan was down 73–71. Webber attempted to call for a timeout while his team had none remaining, resulting in a technical foul that effectively clinched the game for North Carolina.
  • 1990
    Age 16
    He was named Michigan's Mr. Basketball and the 1990–1991 National High School player of the year.
    More Details Hide Details He was named MVP in both the McDonald's and Dapper Dan All-Star games. After graduating from Detroit Country Day School, Webber attended the University of Michigan for two years. While a Michigan Wolverine, Webber led the group of players known as the Fab Five, which included himself, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. This group, all of whom entered Michigan as freshmen in the fall of 1991, took the basketball team to the NCAA finals twice, losing both times. The Fab Five, sporting long, baggy shorts and black socks, became immensely popular as they were seen as bringing a hip hop flavor to the game. Four of the Fab Five (Webber, Rose, Howard, and King) made it to the NBA.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    Born on March 1, 1973.
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