Chris Webber Added To TNT Award Winning Lineup

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Career transition

Michelle is gonna get to see CWebb a lot more during the playoffs. I’ll have more on this later on…

Role to include TNT studio duty, weekly TNT NBA Overtime pieces on NBA.com and Regular appearances on NBA TV through the remainder of the Turner’s 2008 Postseason Coverage.

Turner Sports announced today a diverse role for five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber that includes appearances on a cross-section of its linear and digital assets through the remainder of the network’s NBA playoff coverage. Webber will make several appearances on TNT, host a weekly broadband series on TNT Overtime on NBA.com and make numerous appearances on NBA TV. TNT will air over 40 NBA playoff games this season postseason, concluding with the network’s exclusive coverage of the Western Conference Finals.

“We have had Chris in as a guest on our NBA studio show on a number of occasions and have always thought highly of his abilities to be both candid and outgoing,” said Jeff Behnke, Turner Sports SVP and Executive Producer. “We are excited to have Chris join us and look forward to providing NBA fans with a glimpse at his unique personality through a myriad of platforms during our NBA Playoffs coverage.”

“I am excited to begin a new phase of my professional career by joining Turner Sports for their coverage of the NBA Playoffs,” said Webber, a 15-year NBA veteran. “There’s great chemistry between EJ, Kenny, Charles and I and I look forward to sharing that with NBA Fans.”

Webber first laces them up on TNT for a two-day stint on its Emmy Award-winning studio show with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley on Sunday, April 27, and will join Johnson, Smith and Magic Johnson in studio on Monday, April 28. Beginning the week of April 28, Webber will provide weekly playoff analysis and series breakdowns titled The Webb Report on Turner’s broadband channel, TNT Overtime on NBA.com. Finally C-Webb, as Webber is affectionately known, will make numerous appearances on NBA TV throughout the postseason.

Webber is only the sixth player in NBA history to average over twenty points (20.7), nine rebounds (9.8) and four assists (4.2) per game in his career, joining Basketball Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Elgin Baylor and Billy Cunningham, and future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett. Along with being a five-time NBA All-Star, Webber earned one-time All-NBA First Team Selection (2001), three-time All-NBA Second Team Selection (1999, 2002, 2003) and 1994 NBA Rookie of the Year honors. He was a member of one of college basketball’s most popular teams as one of Michigan’s Fab Five. Webber played for the Golden State Warriors (twice), Washington Bullets/Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons during his NBA career.

32 Responses to “Chris Webber Added To TNT Award Winning Lineup”

  1. DavidMac says:

    I really can’t see Webber fitting in. He talks soo slowly on tv compared to even Magic. I don’t know.

  2. Temple3 says:

    It’s going to be interesting to hear his insights as the playoffs progress. I’ve always maintained that he willingness to let Mike Bibby and others bear the weight of the “Big Shot” in the playoffs is what precluded the Kings from seizing the throne. His teammates and coaches have been scattered to the four corners of the earth – Bibby to Atlanta; Peja to New Orleans; Bobby Jackson to Houston.

    They had a great thing going – but there are players on teams that will be losing in the next few weeks who are subject to the same criticisms that were aimed at C-Webb when he played.

    One of the great things about the TNT show is that the players were all tremendous big game players – even Kenny Smith. They can discuss the demands of winning a championship based on their experience and they often highlighted what separated them from their competitors. It is the championship component – the shared experience of winning – that makes the show click — and of course, Barkley’s irreverent attitude is the cornerstone.

    Where Webber fits into this piece will be worth the price of the ticket. Big men who prefer to play outside like he did are costing their teams finite opportunities to win it all – Rasheed, Bosh, Dirk, etc. Guys with big names and big salaries who DO NOT want the ball at the end of the game are costing their teams chances to win. How hard can you swing that hammer when you were that guy?

    That’s not an issue for Magic, Kenny or Charles. They did what they had to do. C-Webb, for all his talent, did what he wanted to do. And that’s the difference. We’ll see if that difference shows up on air. He has certainly earned the respect of his peers (if for no other reason than his powerful social conscience and commitment to doing the right thing). Off the court, Webber can be a towering figure for causes that too often do not get the visibility or sustained attention required to change lives and policy.

    I wish him the best and hope that this stint with Turner allows him to demonstrate his capacity for “candor” (just as the Turner execs have noted) – and increase his post-player visibility to segue into his true passions.

  3. DavidMac says:

    Big Men , do not owe it to anyone to play in the paint, especially if that is not their style. They do not owe it to be the big game shot shooter.

    Its like boxing, some fighters are bangers, they get you hurt with a few power shots and finish you off. I equate this with players like Shaq and TD who play in the post. Then you have some boxers who kill you with finesse and technique, I would equate this to those like Dirk who can not play at all in the post. Then you have the boxer/punchers who do a little of both.

    I don’t think any play style is bad or great, its just how that person plays. I think it is the job of coaches and GMs to recognize how their players play and to form gameplans around that and bring in players who can do what is required of their gameplan.

    So it is wrong to say Dirk, Bosh, Rasheed, and C-Webb cost their teams championships. That is a straight up lie. Its poor GMs/coachs who don’t recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their players and adjust to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses that cost teams championships.

  4. michelle says:

    YEAH! Congrats to C-Webb on his new career choice. To me it’s a no brainer. He’s personable, has a great knowledge of the game and has a killer hollywood smile. He also speaks very well.

    Say it isn’t so. I actually agree with DavidMac. WTF?
    First of all Bibby gets a little too much credit for that Lakers series. Webb did play in the paint and often had to alter his game due to bad calls. Also the Kings never won a playoff series without him and in a lot of cases guards may take big shots after all the big men anchor the team. Webb actually was as much a ball handler then any guard he played with.Often leading the team in pts, boards and assists. Peja and Bibby should have been taking those shots since Webb was doing everything else. I remember him playing many games with the Kings injured because without him they knew they couldnt win. He had a unique entertaining style that I’m afraid we may never see in the game again. His passes were legendary. Coaching, timing, health, teammates and luck play a part in tiltles. During his prime he ran into a beeast called the LA Lakers that no team in the league could cpmpete with.

  5. Temple3 says:

    Why are you talking about debts and big men owing anything to anyone? The point is not that big men have to play in the paint. The point is that big men with rings play in the paint. Not everyone plays to win championships. Some play for fun. Some play for money. Some play because they’re better at this game than baseball. Whatever the case, the game of basketball affords many different types of persons unique ways to play and succeed on the court. The finesse game of players like Webber and others is one such approach to the game. It’s fine – as long as your principal rationale for stepping on the court is not winning the Larry O’Brien trophy…any other rationale will do – but that one will not.

    So it is wrong to say Dirk, Bosh, Rasheed, and C-Webb cost their teams championships. That is a straight up lie. Its poor GMs/coachs who don’t recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their players and adjust to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses that cost teams championships.

    The only problem with this statement is that save for the Kobe-Shaq War of 2003-2004, this ringless group defines a style of play that is inimical to winning championships. Each one of them has their own personal tale of woe about being defeated by opponents who dominated the paint.

    Rasheed’s stories includes recollections about Kobe, Shaq, Manu, Tony, Tim, Dwyane and others. Dirk remembers taking a 2-0 lead against the Heat and then watching Wade shoot a mind-numbing number of free throws to end that series. He remembers Baron Davis living in the lane last year. Bosh will have nightmares about D. Howard for years. And you wanna blame the coaches? That’s cute.

    This style of play has its merits. It’s attractive and gets ratings – but, it does not finish the job. You could certainly pretend to be unaware of this. You could mask it as some sort of hardcourt relativism or you can even blame persons who never get on the court.

    When you’re done, you can explain to the crowd why teams led by Shaq or Duncan have won the last bushel of rings. You can explain why Power Forwards who play a finesse style may need even more rules changes to finally get over the top. The rings are won in the lane. Period.

  6. michelle says:

    Including the Spurs who during the Lakers threepeat were getting their asses straight whipped by the Lakers. Many NBA players don’t have rings because of that great team. When Webbs team finally reached a maturity level to defeat LA. His knee gave out in the playoffs against the Mavs and the rest is history. Who could have predicted Horry’s 3 at the buzzer in game 5? I don’t think his young team ever recovered. Horry has done that to a lot of teams.Webb’s contribution to the game was remarkable. For only special players can make bad teams good. He was one of those special players.

  7. michelle says:

    Temple3,

    For your argument to stand there would have to be no star big men who played in the paint witthout rings and I’m afraid there are. Adleman is not Jackson. Saunders is not Larry Brown. Coaches are a factor in a teams level of success. Not to mention the fact that Chris never played with a teammates that compare to those on that Lakers team. He didn’t play with such seasoned vets like Grant, Shaw, Foxx not to mention the amazing talent of a Kobe. Even Mark Madsen was huge for LA at times. They definately had role players who played their roles well.

  8. michelle says:

    I don’t think the refs in that Miami series did Dirk and Dallas any favors either much like the unfairness and bad calls the Kings delt with in games 6 and 7 against the Lakers. If all you big men are fouled out due in large part to bad calls then that alters the game and the outcome.

  9. Temple3 says:

    Michelle:

    I hear your pain. I was in Ann Arbor when the Fab Five lost to Duke – so, trust me, this is not a hack job on C-Webb. Far from it.

    The point is simply that when a 6-10, 270 lb. man with infinite talent only shoots five free throws a game in the playoffs, that team cannot win the championship. Bibby probably does get too much credit, but in the year when the Kings made their title run, his regular season scoring average was 13.7. In the playoffs, it was 20.3. Vlade Divac shot as many free throws as Chris that year.

    I think it is fair to compare Webber with other finesse power forwards. I don’t believe it’s fair to compare him to players like Barkley, Malone (yeecch!!), Duncan, and others. When you compare his on court performances to players like Rasheed, Kevin Garnett, Derrick Coleman, Larry Nance and others, he more than holds his own. He presented many unique things to the league and aided the transformation of the game.

    That does not change the fact that the league continues to be dominated in JUNE by players (large and small) who can score in the LANE. Take your pick – D-Wade, Ginobili, Duncan, Kobe? Big or small – the men with rings understand the value of getting to the line, drawing fouls on defenders, taking front line defenders out of the game and putting them on the bench, and of intimidating opponents who know damn well they cannot stop you when you roll to the hole.

    Finesse power forwards do not fit this bill because the games become more intense. The referees make fewer of the calls that these players are accustomed to getting. Often times, these players are relatively underweight (not Webber) and lack the physical strength to complete plays after contact by the time May and June roll around. They have more trouble establishing solid post position and must rely on fatigued legs to get to the lane.

    Webber’s approach of using the post as a passing station for his offense was beautiful to watch – and it was effective to a point. He never developed the range of classic post moves that would have allowed him to shift from passer to dominant scorer from the block. In the playoffs, you have to go deep in your arsenal to score consistently. That bag of tricks should contain a nice drop step, a jump hook or something that you can use in the clutch. For the most part, it wasn’t there. Great feet, great hands, great quickness – mostly nullified by playoff intensity, congested lanes and a low free throw percentage.

    In the playoffs, averages of 18.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists are simply not sufficient.

  10. DavidMac says:

    the coaches know C-Webb can’t dominate in the lane, they know the same for Dirk. To expect them to change their game in the playoffs is stupid, if you need players who excel in the lane bring them into the team and adjust your gameplan to feature them.

    To get mad or to criticize the star big men for not turning into post players in the playoffs is to criticize great finesse boxers like Mayweather, Willie Pepp, Hopkins, and the like for not abandoning their style of boxing and slugging it out with people to entertain the crowd.

  11. Temple3 says:

    Michelle…

    If you’re arguing that Webber is not the only reason the Kings lost – I agree. If you’re arguing that he’s not the primary reason they lost – I would probably disagree – but not fully. If you’re arguing that his style of play and that of similar players is effective in the post season, I strenuously disagree.

    The Kings (and the Blazers led by finesse forward Rasheed Wallace) had the Lakers on the ropes – twice. They had ’em. At some point, it comes down to the cats on the floor. It has to – otherwise, we can all just move to video games and be done with the charade. The Blazers were up 15 in the fourth and could not score for what seemed like forever. The Kings were killing the Lakers and surely all of the blame cannot be affixed to C-Webb or any one “thing” – but the trend should be staggering for any who care to look.

    Finesse power forwards are like beautiful cars. On most days, they’re perfect and you have no complaints. But – sometimes you don’t need a beautiful car. Sometimes you need a car that will survive some shit. Beautiful cars don’t survive shit. They get bogged down. The engine stalls. They miss free throws. They shoot 61% or only grab 8 boards instead of 15.

    In the hindsight of history, most of us remember the beautiful car and not the shit. As a Michigan alum, and as someone who desperately wanted the Kings and Blazers to beat the Lakers, I remember the shit – the shit of missed free throws – of jumpers taken instead of attacks on the rim.

    Don’t think that I’m questioning his effort or integrity or anything like that. I think it’s as simple as a difference of opinion and a preference of styles. The guys who prefer the traditional style don’t all have rings either (Barkley, Malone). What they do share, though, is a belief that offense begins from the inside and that teams shooting higher percentage shots will tend to score more points, and win more games.

  12. michelle says:

    During the Kings peak Duncan and the Spurs were not a factor. Please look at the entire picture. Duncan also has a great coach in Pop. If the Spurs were so good then why were they getting ran off the court during LA’s three ring run? They couldn’t even compete with them. So please explain to me why the Spurs could not compete with that LA team and since they couldn’t why that doesn’t give weight to my argument. The Kings did but came up short in a series they were not favored to win. Again, timing is everything. Last year many teams didn’t have to deal with the Mavs since they prematurely left the playoffs being stunned by GS. Teams benefited from Webb going down in the playoffs when the Kings were clearly the front runners for the title that year.Webb never got any breaks in his career. Didn’t get to play with allstar guards, was never coached by a Brown, Pop, Jackson or Riley. Didn’t play in the post season against a team without their best player. So please once again look at the big picture. In the LA series the Kings played the majority of that series without Peja due to an ankle injury he sustained againt Dallas in the previous series. Garnett has finally caught a break ending up along side allstars Pierce and Allen. So a lot of things are to be considered when explaining how and why a team wins a title and luck is also part of that. Look at T-Mac he can’t catch a break in a bucket.

  13. Temple3 says:

    Michelle:

    Don’t focus on Duncan too much. I only mentioned him with respect to his style of play…same for Barkley. I’m not making a head-to-head argument. I’m not a fan or defender of the Spurs. Let’s keep it where it’s at.

  14. Temple3 says:

    The year that the Kings lost, they won 61 games and finished 1st in the West – 3 games ahead of the Lakers. The Kings were a great team. You’re making them sound like busters who were lucky to be on the same court with anointed gods like St. Phil, Bishop Shaq and Kobe I. Nonsense. That team outscored the Lakers in the Series and led 3 games to 2.

    I don’t know how you feel about Rick Adelman. I don’t know how I feel about Rick Adelman. However, some people think he’s a decent coach. He’s won 59, 63, 57, 51, 55, 61, 59, 55, 50 and 55 games in various seasons throughout his career. If he’s going to catch some flak for not being Phil or Larry, he should probably get some credit. I don’t know how much or little.

    I think that great coaches tend to inherit, draft or convince big men or other great players to play in the paint. Most great players already know how important it is and don’t need to be told, cajoled or convinced into meeting the structural mandates of the game.

  15. Temple3 says:

    David:

    the coaches know C-Webb can’t dominate in the lane, they know the same for Dirk. To expect them to change their game in the playoffs is stupid, if you need players who excel in the lane bring them into the team and adjust your gameplan to feature them.

    What makes you think Chris Webber could not dominate in the paint if he chose to? Surely you know that coaches tried to get him to change his game long before the playoffs. It was a constant topic of conversation. Let’s not begin with errors. It spoils the soup. As for your second point – that’s exactly why Mike Bibby gets as much as he does – because he increased his scoring average, he made free throws, he drove the lane and he took the last shot. (I think you may have read that somewhere.)

    My initial point was that C-Webb made a choice that none of the other TNT hosts made AND moreover, that their success on the court and the true value of the show reflected their shared grounding in traditional power basketball. TNT has a unique blend of former players with intriguing insights on what it takes to win. If you read Mizzo’s notes from the show, you’ll see just how often they discuss the importance of playing their particular style…a style embodied in many respects by the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. Could they have made other choices? Of course. Players change their games all the time. Players embrace different roles to meet changing conditions. They add skills to their repertoire to meet the challenges of a new day. Whether it’s adding a sky hook or improving your free throw percentage these types of additions are made every day.

  16. michelle says:

    Temple3,

    I’ve got mad respect for you. I’m enjoying the debate. I can reference the end of game 6 against LA Webb drove to the basket and scored. He was then called for an offensive foul. Wipe off the bucket. In a close game late you cannot have the refs making that kind of mistake. It was BS. Let’s not leave the refs out of this argument. A ballers game is altered by fouls and Webb and the other Kings big men stayed in foul trouble in games 6 and 7. Look it was David and Goliath and this time Goliath won. No other team could compete with that LA team. For me that says a lot. As for the mistakes made by the Kings I attribute that to growing pains. Look at the Detroit teams that had to beat Boston, it took time they were close on occasions made mistakes and lost before finally beating them. The same can be said for Jordan’s team when trying to beat Detroit. When the time came for the Kings to take their throne, THE King went down with the knee against the Mavs. That is the only time the Mavs would beat the Kings in the playoffs. Once Chris was gone the Mavs could breathe and became a better team. Also don’t sleep on that Kings team defensive skills contrary to what most may think, the Kings were at that time near the top of the league in D.

  17. michelle says:

    Webb has dominated on the block. Injuries altered his game a bit. If you remember when he first came into the league he was a shot blocker also but players know their bodies and probably as a result of his shoulder injury his game was altered. Webb dominated Garnett on the block and head to head against Duncan they canceled each other out. Im speaking before the knee injury. Look this is an area I can say I know a lot about. I have hundreds of hours of his games on tape. If I remember he had a 20/ 20 game against Garnett post knee injury. As a nurse I can tell you that these type of injuries vary in pain and swelling from day to day. I guess he was feeling good that day. Webb was one of the most consistant ballers in the playoffs. He wouldn’t have bad games. You got 20 and 10 from him every night. That was his game he was the anchor of all his teams dating back to MI. Let the guards earn their keep. He also had many game winning shots.

  18. DavidMac says:

    Temple3

    They can say what they want, it doesn’t mean it is the gospel. Plenty of football coaches have different philosphies of how to win championships, the same with boxing, its crazy to think only one of them are right. You know C-Webb might have been able to dominate in the lane, Ali might have been able to dominate as a come forward brawler,Tito could dominate as a slick boxer, but that is not their nature and that is bad coaching that tries to coach people out of their nature instead of forming a gameplan around it or bringing in talent to supplement it.

    I agree it will be interesting to see the dynamic of how they interact with each other when it seems like Kenny and Charles come from a different philosophy of basketball than him.

  19. michelle says:

    Truth be told when you played the Kings, you had to be concerned about Webb at all times. On the block ,18ft out, and you had to be aware of his passing. He was a nightmare to defend because he could do so much with the ball.

  20. Temple3 says:

    They can say what they want, it doesn’t mean it is the gospel. Plenty of football coaches have different philosphies of how to win championships, the same with boxing, its crazy to think only one of them are right.

    You’ve been saying that a great deal lately – especially in your rather brusque conversations with TBR. Has someone important to you been ignoring you lately, David? Whatsa matta?

    There is no question that basketball, like football and boxing, supports a number of approaches. However, that diversity of basketball opinion admits no reversals when it comes to this principle. The men who dominate in the lane don’t all have to be giants – but they have to handle their business.

    So it is in football. Football games are won in the trenches. It’s cliche, but it’s true. That doesn’t mean the team that runs for the most yards will win. It means the team that performs the best on both sides of the ball in the trenches will most likely win. The foundation of the offense begins with the capacity to protect and advance the ball – and for the defense – it is about the capacity to limit the advance of the ball and regain possession without conceding points.

  21. Temple3 says:

    Michelle:

    Same. It’s nice to have an honest disagreement about something and be able to appreciate the nuances in what the other person is saying.

    Thank you – and I wholeheartedly agree about the impact of Peja being injured in the series against Dallas.

  22. michelle says:

    Temple3,

    Ditto! Anytime.

  23. Temple3 says:

    The Kings were an excellent defensive team. It’s like I said up top – trust – I was at the edge of the couch leaning and lurching and begging every one of Bibby’s and Webber’s and Vlade’s shots to go down. All I know is they had the Lakers right at the edge of the cliff and couldn’t knock them off. I still don’t know which was worse between their loss and the Blazers. That 4th quarter was like in some sort of time capsule where nothing moved. No points – no boards – nothing!

    One other thing…I know Chris went to the hole sometimes. He could dunk on just about everyone in the league (ask Charles!!!!!) He was awesome – no question…but I simply believe that if he attacked more – and made a point of getting to the line more he would have been unstoppable.

    That’s why I think it’s best to compare him to players like Rasheed and Garnett. They have the same approach. I prefer guys like James Worthy who made a point of getting to the line in big games. Worthy would shoot the jumper – but his tenacity in getting to the hole was what drew fouls on Parish, McHale and Bird and whomever dared get too close.

  24. DavidMac says:

    Temple3 I really don’t get the point of your post, the one directed towards me. You seem to take a swipe at me then start to espouse about nothing relevant to the discussion. Whats the matter? Can’t comment or have a discussion with someone who isn’t going to engage in a mental circle jerk with you? (Not putting anyone else down by this comment)

  25. michelle says:

    DavidMac,

    Man u r tooooo much!

  26. Temple3 says:

    from being ignored to circle jerks?

    too much time on your hands? and rejection at every turn. it’s not personal – i’m reading what you write. taken straight from the horses mouth. maybe you should get out, have a drink or six and pass out on a couch. take it easy, get some sun. besides, you don’t have to worry about that thin skin of yours being penetrated until it gets cold again.

    life is too short.

  27. DavidMac says:

    Wow so much text Temp, but nothing said, you stay true to form.

  28. Temple3 says:

    At least for the moment you’re not being ignored. How does that feel?

  29. DavidMac says:

    What are you talking about Temp, I respond to your post where you insulted me. I guess the white man kept common sense from you.

  30. Temple3 says:

    Ah, the coon is a peculiar sort. Wholly derivative of another and easily duped by the same. He doesn’t even know his name.

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