Saturday , Mar , 01 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Chris Webber Rips on Jim O’Brien

"I’ve been in the league longer than Jim O’Brien," he said. "I think he’s trying to justify why he got fired and why players didn’t like him. It’s funny, because I was the babysitter for him that year to make people like him."

The Sixers acquired Webber on Feb. 23, 2005, from Sacramento. That was his first full season after microfracture surgery on his left knee in June 2003, he noted.

Webber was angered the most about O’Brien’s comment that the veteran forward/center "didn’t necessarily feel where he was in need of practice, or could practice, or couldn’t practice at the same time."

"That is a total lie," Webber said. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]