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Horrible Play of the Month: Chris Webber August 1, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, College Basketball, Horrible Play of the Month, NBA, Sports, Video.

The Fab Five will always be remembered as the young, cocky, and flashy group of freshmen that won with style and defied authority in the early 90’s. Playing for the University of Michigan, they were exciting to watch and were always the main topic among basketball enthusiasts. 

The starting freshmen  for the team were Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, and last but not least, Chris Webber.  As freshmen, they made it to the National Championship Game in 1992, but lost to Duke.  The next year, they made it back to the National Championship Game once again, this time facing North Carolina. 

Now, I don’t think there has ever been a bigger mental error or lack of focus in sports than the incident that ocurred in the championship game between Michigan and North Carolina.  Chris Webber, the best player on the very talented Michigan team, seems to crumble under the pressure.  The cocky, arrogant player suddenly becomes unsure, shaky, and nervous.

Late in the game, Webber rebounds a missed free throw attempt.  The Wolverines are down by two.  There is about 20 seconds left in the game, and Webber gets away with a travel while attempting to pass to Jalen Rose.  He manages to bring the ball over half court but gets trapped by NC defenders.  Then….. Webber calls a timeout.

This is usually a very smart play to do whenever you get trapped, unless of course, you don’t have any timeouts remaining.  The timeout called by Webber, which the team didn’t have, resulted in a technical foul.  This gave North Carolina two free throws and the ball, eventually giving the Tarheels a  four point lead with only a couple seconds left.  Game over. 

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1. The Mixtape Monster - August 1, 2007

Good Post. Good Recap. As a Tarheel Fan and Alum, I feel it is my duty to say we probably would have won that game anyway. We were up when it happened, and Donald Williams was on FIRE at the time (something like 5-6 from downtown). Webber also did get away with a heinous travel (in my opnion, a bigger mistake on CWebb’s part than the TO…wait, was Tim Donaghy reffin?? haha)

In CWebb’s defense, George Lynch (one of the two Heels trapping him) recounts the event saying that he heard someone on the Michigan bench say “Call Timeout!”

Either way, a bonehead play.

2. hoopsknowitall - August 1, 2007

Very interesting article, and well-written.

I am curious as to if you’d like to share links. Yours seems to be a quality blog, as I believe mine to be.

Hope to hear from you soon.


3. Temple3 - August 4, 2007

Webber’s always been good, but never clutch. No big money player has ever run away from more late game shots than Webber. The Kings were Mike Bibby’s team – and when the game was on the line, the Wolverines were usually Jalen Rose’s team. Some guys want it, some don’t.

4. otoy - September 3, 2007

he choked!

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