Chris Webber, the former Michigan State basketball player who famously missed a potential game-winning shot in the final seconds of a national championship game, finally opened up about his infamous timeout call.
Chris Webber despises reminiscing about the past.
It would be simple to let his notorious timeout in the 1993 NCAA championship game haunt him decades later, but wouldn’t that be counterproductive? He hasn’t spoken much about the timeout since it happened since he doesn’t want to add to the negativity around the situation. But, before of his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, Webber discussed his most memorable basketball event.
To get out of the timeout, Chris Webber required his “mom’s cooking.”
Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, and Chris Webber, all former Michigan Wolverines, walk off the floor | Getty Images
Webber had a 15-year NBA career that was nothing short of amazing. He was awarded Rookie of the Year in 1994 and was a member of five All-Star teams throughout his career, averaging 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Webber was also one of the greatest NCAA players of his age, leading the Michigan Wolverines’ “Fab Five” to two consecutive championship appearances in 1992 and 1993.
Webber, on the other hand, will be remembered for asking a timeout when his team didn’t have one.
Last Thursday, the Michigan great discussed the timeout that lost the Wolverines a title in 1993 with Shams Charania of The Athletic.
“I went home after that because I wanted affection and went to my parents’ place and just sank in despair, eating my mother’s food and all that,” Webber said. “My mother returns to me three days later with a suspended license plate. She establishes a foundation, and we assist children in attending school. I was never in the company of individuals who made me feel sorry for myself. ‘You’re going to be the No. 1 selection, what do you feel guilty for?’ says my father.
Webber’s father was correct. The Orlando Magic selected Webber first overall in the 1993 NBA draft only weeks after Michigan fell in the championship game to North Carolina.
Webber is “proud” of the timeout game and believes that it will serve as an example to others.
Chris Webber spoke with @TheAthletic on being unplugged: On his induction into the Hall of Fame, overcoming melancholy after the timeout game, resurrecting the Sacramento Kings, and reflecting on his 15-year NBA career. https://t.co/1DDUsbxzDg
September 9, 2021 — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)
Surprisingly, Webber does not consider the 1993 championship game to be a bad moment in his life. In fact, he may be more proud of that game than of any other he’s ever played.
He said, “That’s what I’m proud of.” “The timeout game is one that I would have to teach my kid or daughter if I ever had to. Because I was on fire: I scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and was the most valuable player on the court. And then the worst thing that has ever happened to me occurs. Your father remained a terrible guy after that. I want you to study the game so you can understand how good he had to be before that to even get his team there — and then how he didn’t let it stop him because his momentum continued going.
“So no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no I’ve been working hard to set an example for those who come after me and to inspire others. While embracing the suffering, I’ve always tried to put things in perspective.”
His NBA career was launched by the notorious timeout, which catapulted him to the Hall of Fame.
When Webber made it to the NBA, he didn’t let the timeout bother him. He soon rose to prominence in the league, and he went on to have an amazing career that culminated in a Hall of Fame plaque. Webber is pleased that the timeout did not ruin his career, despite the fact that he never won the title that had evaded him his whole life.
Webber said, “It wasn’t the end of the world.” “It was… it was… it was… it was… it was… it was… it Yes, I was pursuing a title, a monster. In terms of impacting, I wouldn’t be here if it did. You haven’t seen them when you look at others who have made some fairly significant gaffes in athletics. You see me on a daily basis. You have to understand that it does not have a sad ending.”
Webber’s most humiliating gaffe will be remembered for the rest of his life, but it shouldn’t eclipse his Hall of Fame basketball career.
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