Friday , Jan , 25 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Chris Webber-Don Nelson Reunion With Golden State Warriors No Joke

When I first saw this rumor I thought it was a joke. Perhaps, it was April Fools Day. Perhaps, I’d been punk’d.

There’s no way Chris Webber returns to Golden State with Don Nelson coaching, right? These two have had beef for fifteen years. Their saga makes Shaq and Kobe’s past pettiness look like, well, past pettiness.

Chris Webber-Don Nelson Reunion With Golden State Warriors No JokeThe Sacramento Bee reports on Chris Webber possibly returning to Golden State:

Word on the street says Warriors coach Don Nelson has been seen at Chris Webber’s Natomas restaurant, Center Court with C-Webb, twice recently. That only could mean Webber and Nelson are considering the completion of the ultimate full circle and a Webber return to Golden State. They beefed big-time 14 years ago while both were with the Warriors, but perhaps it is true that time heals all wounds, even gashes. Stay tuned.

My AM Take: When I first saw this rumor I thought it was a joke. Perhaps, it was April Fools Day. Perhaps, I’d been punk’d.

There’s no way Chris Webber returns to Golden State with Don Nelson coaching, right? These two have had beef for fifteen years. Their saga makes Shaq and Kobe’s past pettiness look like, well, past pettiness.

So, not wanting to appear gullible or the victim of some cruel prank, I ignored this story and went about my day. Businesses as usual; don’t believe the hype.

Still, I couldn’t get it out my mind … Webber back with the Warriors, huh? Could their cold war be ending?

The answer is yes. The Webber-Nelson beef could soon be squashed and a reunion is possible. Here’s why:

Come playoff time, Golden State could be forced into a slower, half-court game. Enter Webber’s dime-dropping skills. His passing from the power-forward spot would help the offense and provide Nelson with another mismatch.

Webber and Nelson both love the spotlight. They’re known for feuding/making mistakes and then making amends. Webber has spent his career apologizing for off-court transgressions, while Nelson reconciled with Warriors’ owner Chris Cohan before returning to the team.

So this is typical Webber and Nelson. Each is winding down their career. And each would love to right this chapter from their past before retiring.

A Webber-Nelson reunion isn’t a joke. No April Fools Day. No punk’d. It could happen.

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