[editor's note, by Pradamaster]In memory of Chris Webber's retirement (thanks ,cuppettcj) and because The Big Lead reminded me, here's kdp922's writeup on Chris Webber from over the summer. Enjoy, again.
The game thread is coming, my apologies. It's been a busy day, and it doesn't help that thinking about last night's loss leaves me sick to my stomach. -PM
(Part 9 of a 20 part series on the BF Top 20. Speaking of bullets, make sure to vote for the name of the daily link posts. Jackpitt is up next with Bernard King. Until then, enjoy kdp's write-up on Chris Webber. -Jake)
Look, I'm not going to pull any punches. I had stopped watching my Washington squad until Michael Jordan stepped out of the owner's box and into the ice pack room. The reason? Good ol' Abe and Wes, better known as flat A&W Root Beer, traded away the wrong guy and I was sick of it. It was crunchtime, as far as the direction of our once proud franchise was concerned. Well, at least that's what they tell me as I was still in my terrible two's when we went to back-to-back Finals. All the rumors of excessive night life, affairs with Mary Jane and a general fear of `the new NBA' player meant good ol'`Bring Out the Cake' was starting to get nervous. The team had to be broken up. Never mind that we were on the precipice of potential greatness (or a potential technical called for not having enough timeouts, but I digress). We couldn't risk the bad publicity of being in the nation's capital and having our franchise player continuously giving us black eyes. I understand that, but Webber was my man from way back. I was a Fab Five fan, and when the Bullets traded for him on November 17th, 1994 to join up with Juwan Howard, you couldn't tell me a thing. Of course a month in, he dislocated his shoulder and missed 19 games, a precursor to a injury riddled career- but who knew that back then? He came back from that injury to score 3 triple doubles in 14 games and for the first time since the Jeff Malone era--this franchise had hope. Webber opted out of surgery on the shoulder hoping rest and rehabilitation would solve the problem. Sound plan. Uh huh.
The following season, things looked to be rounding into shape... except for Webber's shoulder. We had drafted UNC stud Rasheed Wallace to form one of the most dynamic front courts ever assembled. Don't believe me? Check out this highlight video...
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