March 26, 2008 |
Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand, who has missed the entire season recovering from a surgically repaired left Achilles' tendon, said yesterday he expects to rejoin the team in time to play the final six games. Those games will come against teams jockeying for spots in the tightly packed Western Conference playoff race so the Clippers may have a chance to play spoiler. "Hey, we got spoiled last season, so if we could do that, we'd love to," the two-time All-Star said yesterday.
January 28, 2008 |
Coach Don Nelson wants to bring free-agent forward Chris Webber back to Golden State, nearly 14 years after a feud ended their first stint together. "I hope that it happens to be quite honest with you," Nelson said yesterday before the Warriors beat the visiting New York Knicks, 106-104. "I think our team needs it. " Webber was acquired by the Warriors in a draft-day trade with Orlando in 1993 after becoming just the second sophomore ever to be the top pick in the NBA draft.
January 22, 2008 |
When the 76ers obtained Chris Webber before the 2004-05 trade deadline, coach Jim O'Brien was in favor. "That move enabled us to make the playoffs," O'Brien said yesterday at the Wachovia Center, where his Indiana Pacers defeated the Sixers. But O'Brien, dismissed by the Sixers after that one season, despite taking the team to the playoffs, quickly changed his mind about Webber. "It became very apparent he wasn't going to give the 76ers everything we had hoped for," O'Brien said.
March 21, 2007 |
Chris Webber pretty much disappeared off the 76ers' radar in his final two weeks with the team, then resurfaced as an important contributor to the star-studded Detroit Pistons. So what happened? "You should ask the coach, the coach that didn't allow me to play," Webber said last night before the Pistons faced his old team, the Sixers, at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Yes, but Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks didn't have him available for those final seven games because Webber, according to the team, had a bruise on his right foot.
February 4, 2007 |
He is ready now to admit what he wouldn't on national television, when he was still dreaming of playing for the Lakers, in the city he once said he would walk naked to in order to sign on the dotted line. "I had just gotten off the phone with Phil Jackson," Chris Webber said last week, explaining why he denied what had been accurately reported - that he would play the rest of this season with Detroit, his hometown team. That decision had been made almost as soon as he and the 76ers agreed on the terms of his buyout in mid-January - he would give back about $6.2 million of the remaining $43 million on his contract, the Sixers would get under the luxury tax, everyone would be happy.
January 31, 2007 |
Freed from the 76ers, Chris Webber wants this to be clear: He is happy playing basketball again now that he is with the Detroit Pistons. But the mere mention of his former team wiped the smile off his face as the forward prepared for last night's game with the Washington Wizards. He called his stay with the Sixers the most difficult part of his 14-year career. "It was probably the first time I didn't enjoy basketball," Webber said, standing by the locker room at the Verizon Center.
January 25, 2007 |
Chris Webber and Rasheed Wallace are blending in nicely in Detroit, even if Webber doesn't know all the plays. Webber scored 19 points and carried the Pistons through a sluggish first half, while Wallace scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as visiting Detroit beat Charlotte last night, 103-92. Richard Hamilton scored 22 points for the Pistons, who shot 52 percent in winning their third straight game. It's what the Pistons envisioned when they signed Webber after he left the Sixers.
January 16, 2007 |
Chris Webber will sign with the Detroit Pistons today, but he already has returned to the area where he starred in college and later was tarnished in a booster scandal. "Joining the Pistons will allow me the opportunity to play the game I love in my hometown of Detroit surrounded by my family," the former 76er and five-time All-Star said in a statement yesterday. Webber, who was waived by the Sixers on Thursday, watched the Pistons play the Minnesota Timberwolves with his father, Mayce, in front-row seats at The Palace and was greeted by a standing ovation late in the first quarter, a far cry from when he was booed following the booster scandal.
January 11, 2007 |
Less than two years after acquiring Chris Webber as a scoring partner for Allen Iverson, the 76ers agreed with him on a buyout of the rest of his contract, president and general manager Billy King said last night. King said the buyout agreement had been sent to the NBA office, which signed off on it late last night. The Sixers are expected to place Webber on waivers this morning, and if he is not claimed within 48 hours, he will become a free agent. King would not reveal any terms of the buyout of the contract, which had the rest of this season at a $20,718,750 annual salary and next season at $22,312,500 remaining.
December 28, 2006 |
This isn't the way the 76ers wanted to start their longest road trip of the season, especially after going into it on what passes for a hot streak for them these days. The Sixers were outplayed for the second consecutive night, with ice-cold shooting in the first half and poor defense in the second last night adding up to a 101-76 defeat by Sacramento, in front of the Kings' 328th consecutive sellout crowd at Arco Arena. After winning their last two games before the start of their travels, the Sixers lost for the 14th time in their last 16 games.