Monday, May 20, 2002

WEBBER WOBBLES, DOES FALL OVER: Bill Plaschke of the LA Times on Chris Webber:

Chris Webber is the smiling slugger who hits 40 home runs a year, three of which anyone remembers.

Chris Webber is the congenial quarterback who throws for 35 touchdowns a season, two after Thanksgiving, none in the final two minutes.

Chris Webber is ominous and odd enough to be classified as science fiction, a double feature. At 7 p.m., he's cute, magical E.T.

At 10 p.m., he's Hollow Man.

Webber was supposed to be the middle of the Sacramento King attack in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Lakers.

Luckily for the Lakers, he decided to tailgate instead.

He goes on with variations on this theme for the rest of the column, but the point he's making --the softness of Chris Webber-- is well taken. He is the Kings' achilles heel, the guy who's getting them all those wins but who is not going to get it done come playoff time.. I mean, I think they (the Kings) are already doomed; it's just a questions of if they sweep or not. I think they win a few if they can get Webber to foul out in the fourth quarter --which seemed to work for them against Dallas.

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