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Thursday, February 24, 2005  

Sportsblog on Kings' trade of Chris Webber

This article in the Sac Bee helps explain why the Kings traded Webber, a highly talented power forward to the 76er's for relative nobodies.

I was surprised by the trade because Webber's numbers had been very high recently; quite a few triple doubles, but the team wasn't winning.

The Kings could not play defense with Webber on the court. Even though it appeared he collected rebounds, they weren't from the offensive board and he never blocked out his man, while often giving up easy baskets. He could no longer jump off the ground nor run with much speed, and even though he is one of the best passers in the game, he didn't seem to make the team all that much better.

For all his remaining skills, and they are considerable, Webber is on a downhill slide physically. The problem the Kings had last year when he returned for the playoffs and killed their momentum was happening again.

"With Webber these past two regular seasons, the Kings were 38-31. Without him, they were 51-16."

That right there is all you need to know.

But Webber, despite his original reluctance to play in Sacramento, helped make the Kings a league favorite and formidable franchise that for a few years was arguably the best team in basketball. Sacramento is grateful, although Chris is not likely to care much about that being something of a prima donna and fans-don't-mean-nothin'-to-me kind of guy.

Webber is an amazing talent and yet, he has never been able to get to the Magic, Bird, or Jordan level and make his team that much better and a champion. He won't reach that level now. The Kings General Manager realized that and that's why Chris Webber was traded.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 9:23 AM |