Chris Webber Officially Announces Retirement

K ShakranSenior Analyst IMarch 26, 2008

Chris Webber announced his retirement early this morning at a Warriors press conference in Oakland, California.

The Warriors had high hopes that Webber might arrive at Oakland with a new solution to rebounds, defense and experience. Unfortunately, a knee injury cut short his comeback attempt with the Golden State Warriors.

Webber played only nine games with the Warriors before being sidelined by a bum left knee that has hampered him in recent years. He has not played since March 2 and had not been around the team of late.

In addition, Warriors fans have been hesitant since his comeback to Oakland because of his age and the Warriors playing style.

At 35, Webber finishes his career having averaged 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.44 steals per game in 831 regular-season games with Golden State, Washington, Sacramento, Philadelphia and Detroit.

He has also appeared 10 times in the playoffs, appearing in 80 games with averages of 18.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 36.3 minutes per game.

Since his arrival in the NBA, Chris Webber has been impressive and certainly up to the challenge. Webber said he wanted to stay involved in basketball, first as a television commentator and then in perhaps a bigger role with a team.

Webber told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday, "I really didn't want to rehab and come back this season because I don't think that was possible," Webber said. "Plus, because the way the team is playing, the chemistry is great with these guys, they're on a roll. I feel like they're going to win, they have a great chance to go very far in the playoffs. I just felt it was time to let the game go and be able to be happy about what I accomplished without trying to keep coming back."


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