C-Webb: Not Clutch When it Matters

Posted on April 20, 2011 by

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Chris Webber’s commentary was horrendous during the Pacers – Bulls game Monday. C-Webb did a great job color commentating regular season games and making appearances on NBA TV and Inside the NBA. However, when it came to his playoff debut, he kept stuttering, making no sense, and getting excited at random times. He must of said, “Man, this is playoffs basketball,” or “This is what I love about playing basketball,” at least 50 times. Let’s reflect on Chris Webber’s career and see why it was not the least bit surprising that he was not ready to commentate a playoff game.

Chris Webber III. Where do I even begin? Blessed with amazing talent and a great basketball IQ, Don Nelson pushed the Warriors to trade three first round picks and Anfernee Hardaway for C-Webb during the 1993 draft. Don Nelson had this to say about C-Webb…

“I believe he’ll become the best power forward to ever play the game,” Don Nelson.

Too bad this man was born without the clutch gene. I mean, we all know about this travel/technical foul/WTF WAS HE THINKING play?!

He led the heralded Fab Five Michigan Wolverines to two national championships, but Webber’s subpar play led to losses in both games. Sure they were influential to the game of basketball and were a cultural phenomenon. They introduced the world to baggy shorts, black socks, and Hip-Hop culture.  However, all of their awards and honors were vacated due to a scandal where players were paid while playing for the Wolverines.  Webber received the most money, getting over $200,000 from a local bookkeeper during his two years on the team. He was convicted of perjury and banned from any affiliation with the Michigan program until 2013…. Not that clutch.

His Rap and R & B career was far from clutch…

He was bad, but because Kobe plays tonight against the Hornets, I will show you worse.

But back to basketball. Webber made an immediate impact for the Warriors his rookie season, averaging 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds a game, while also winning NBA rookie of the year. Sprewell, Mullin, and C-Webb led the team to a 50-32 record and the 6th seed in the west before eventually losing to Charles Barkley and the Suns. Barkley had 56 points in the deciding game. Watch him drop 27 points in the 1st quarter alone. BEASTMODE.

Webber and Nelson had issues throughout his rookie year, as Nelson has always been known for being tough on rookies. Nelson wanted him to play at center, not power forward, and Webber disagreed. They bickered all year, and the Warriors made the biggest mistake that doomed their franchise and us Warrior fans for the next 17 years. The Warriors had the choice of either keeping Nelson or Webber, and then they handled the situation in a way only the Warriors would do. The Warriors signed Rony Seikaly so Webber could play power forward.

Seikaly, like Webber, also started a music career as a DJ. You know what they say, ballers wanna rap and rappers wanna ball.

The move ultimately didn’t convince Webber to stay. The Warriors decided to keep Nelson, and with Webber’s public trade demands, the Warriors were forced to take pennies on the dollar as they received Tom Gugliotta and three first round draft picks for Webber.  Don Nelson was fired the following season, and POOF! The Warriors do not make the playoffs until 2007, ironically with Nelson back at the helm.

Chris, Webber, his former Michigan teammate Juwan Howard, and Rod Strickland led an upstart Washington Bullets team into a series against Michael Jordan and the Bulls. Of course, in Chris Webber fashion, they got swept.

After his time wore out in Washington, C-Webb was traded to the Sacramento Kings.  As entertaining as they were, Webber rarely delivered when it mattered and Mike Bibby always took all the big moment shots. The Kings window closed when he suffered a devastating knee injury against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2003 Western conference finals. His athleticism, mobility, and quickness were never the same when he returned in the 2004 season.

He was traded to Philadelphia, where he and A.I never developed chemistry (who ever did with Iverson?) or won anything substantial.  In typical C-Webb fashion,

Iverson and Webber were fined for not bothering to show up to Fan Appreciation Night, which was also their last home game. C-Webb missed a chunk of games the following season, causing the media to question his motivation.

On his last legs, Webber agreed to a contract with the Pistons. With his eyes on finally capturing a title, Chris Webber fit in great with the Pistons and improved their already good record. But in typical C-Webb fashion, the Pistons lost to the Lebrons in 6 games in 2007 highlighted by Lebron’s heroic game 5 performance.

When Chris Webber was signed by the Warriors in the middle of the 2008 season, I was fooled into actually thinking that he could help us. Instead, it messed up chemistry and the Warriors lost games they should never have lost. In typical C-Webb fashion, this decision ultimately led to the Warriors missing the playoffs with a 48-34 record.  C-Webb immediately made an appearance on Inside the NBA during the playoffs that season and it ultimately led to the broadcasting job he has now.

Like I said before, Chris Webber has been fantastic as a TV personality so far. This is what Chris Webber does. He is fantastic until crunch time, when reputations are on the line. Instead of coming through and doing a great job in front of a larger audience, Webber crumbled and probably will not be assigned to big games the rest of the playoffs.

I’m not trying to hate on the man. He’s been clutch in other areas of life. He produced this great track for his long time friend, fellow rapper Nas.

He also dated Tyra Banks, so that was obviously clutch. But then again, she is a crazy woman.

He’s been pretty clutch in life and is a good person at the end of the day, but when it comes to anything basketball, expect failure in crunch time from Webber.

-HyphyWarrior

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