NBA: So Long, C-Webb!

Sean StancillSenior Writer IMarch 26, 2008



After playing in just nine games since coming off retirement, Chris Webber called it quits after struggling with pain in his surgically repaired knee.

Webber was definitely not going to be hero for Golden State and their terrible defense, but who knew he would retire in less than 10 games.

Nine to be exact.

On January 29, 2008 the Golden State Warriors signed PF Chris Webber to produce inside the paint, shoot his usual midrange game, and help rebound.

The Warriors sorely needed a rebounder, as they stood dead last in the NBA in that department.

In his nine games, C-Webb averaged 3.9 PPG in only 14 minutes per game.

Webber's rise to fame started in Detroit, Michigan where he was the most heavily recruited high school basketball player Michigan had seen since Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson.

Webber's choice was based on his roots and staying close to his family, so he decided to sign with the Michigan Wolverines.

It was there that he propelled the Wolverines and himself to great heights leading the program to consecutive NCAA Championship appearances and three straight Final Four berths.

His most memorable college moment came in his last college basketball game against North Carolina in the 1993 Final Four in which he elected to call timeout after being trapped in a corner, but did not remember his team was fresh out. The penalty resulted in a technical foul and led to an eventual loss 77-71.

He then made the choice to forego his senior year and entered the draft after the embarrassing event at Michigan.

Chris Webber's NBA career went through Orlando, Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Detroit, and Golden State again.

In his pro years, C-Webb will be most known for his outstanding averages of 20+ points per game and 10+ rebounds per game, which he posted for five consecutive years '98-'03, his public feuds with Don Nelson, and never being able to beat the L.A. Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

The highlights of his 15-year NBA career are Rookie Of The Year in 1993 and five straight NBA All-Star games.

Chris Webber will go down as one of the most dominant power forwards of his time. While Webber may not have been dominating this season, he was a force when healthy.