Monday , Jan , 21 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Who’s Willing to Take a Risk on Chris Webber?

So, Veteran Chris Webber, currently a free agent, recently said to a Sacramento television station that he’d be back in the NBA in two weeks. This bit of news begs one question: Who cares? Based on reports, the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat are all interested in Webber. Webber is hardly good enough to pull Roger Clemens’ stunt of coming in during the season to help a good team get over the top. Unless he’s been taking some B-12 shots in the rear (wink, wink), Webber is too slow at this stage of his NBA career to be a difference-maker.

He’ll be 35 on March 1, his knees have been under the knife more than Joan River’s brow, and he can’t possibly be in game-shape. Webber — a career 20 and 10 kind of power forward — averaged career lows in points (11.2) and rebounds (7.1) per game with Philadelphia and Detroit last season. Those aren’t terrible numbers by any means. But they aren’t numbers, you wouldn’t think, that allow a player to sit home and pick which contender he wants to join midway through the race. He certainly shouldn’t be announcing his return like it’s an album release. Click here for more from the Contra Costa Times.