Chris Webber in Golden State – Swan Song Sounds More like a Choking Crow
Posted by admin on January 30, 2008
It’s true. The Warriors do not have the strongest frontcourt. In almost every game they play, the Warriors find themselves being outrebounded by their bigger, stronger opponents.
It’s true. The Warriors need another big man to play alongside Andris Biedrins. And until Brandon Wright starts playing to his potential, there is going to be a gaping hole in the Warriors’ lineup.Â A hole that frontcourt-dominated Western Conference teams will exploit night in and night out.
But what’s not true is the notion that the recent signing of Chris Webber is going to resolve the rebounding situation. The Warriors are a quick, young, fiery team that like to run and gun, eventually tiring and outscoring their opponents. Chris Webber is literally the antithesis of the Warriors. He is old. He is slow. He is lackluster. Yes, Chris Webber is a big guy who can get a rebound every now and then. But, if you have watched him play over the last few seasons, he has become a perimeter player. Whereas with youth come speedy, explosive moves to the basket, with old age come lethargic, telegraphed ones. So,Â now Webber incresinglyÂ settles for the outside shot rather than banging in the paint. If you tell me that is what the Warriors need right now, you are out of your mind. Now, if the Warriors were able to pick up a quick, Shawn Marion type, that would be one thing. But I think we can all say with quite a lot of confidence that Chris Webber isn’t that type of player.
Another reason why Webber is not and cannot be the solution to the problem is that he and NellieÂ don’t exactly see eye to eye. I know, IÂ know. Everybody is getting caught up in the nostalgia of it all, falling forÂ the “I am glad I’mÂ coming home” and “I started here, now I want toÂ end here” lines. But theÂ fact of the matter is that the Warriors are a team that is driven by comraderie and synergy. If Webber does anything to mess that up (history tells us that he might do just that), the Warriors may revert back to their old, losing ways.Â I do not want to see that happen. So singning Webber may not have been the brightest of ideas.
However, what I have written so far is a moot point seeingÂ as howÂ the Warriors have already signed Webber.Â The $1.2 million is already down the drain and it’sÂ now a thing ofÂ the past. As for the future though, Nellie needs to keep an eye on Webber. As a die-hard Warriors fan, I would rather waste $1.2 million and not play him than waste $1.2 million and have him bring the team down. Having a losingÂ season again is just not an option. Like it or not, Webber is going to be a Warrior this season. But something tells me that Webber’s swan song isn’t going to pan out like he hopes.