As part of We Believe week let’s have a video flashback to the short but spectacular time Chris Webber had in Golden State.
You will probably never see another case where a team is able to trade for the #1 pick, he wins rookie of the year and then they trade him. That was the case with Chris Webber and Don Nelson who just a couple years before broke up Run TMC to get Billy Owens. Webber would end up with the Warriors again at the end of his career but I’m going to pretend that never happened.
The following is a ESPN summary of what happened at the end of Webber’s first stint in GS.
While Webber was in the process of becoming the rookie of the year in 1993-94, Nelson was talking bad about Webber in front of other players. There were benchings and on-court shouting matches. Webber wanted to be “treated like a man.”
Webber took advantage of the old loophole that allowed rookies to opt out of their contracts after a year in the league and become restricted free agents (a loophole since closed with the advent of the multi-year rookie scale contracts). It was designed to give top rookies a quick shot at using their “Larry Bird” rights to re-sign with their team at a higher salary.
But Webber decided to use his opt-out for leverage, refusing to come back to the Warriors unless they traded him or dumped Nelson. When Nelson offered to resign so Webber could rejoin the Warriors, Webber even took offense to that, calling it a stunt to get on the fans’ good side.
Nelson must have been humbled by what happened to him after he and Webber split ways with Webber’s trade to the Washington Bullets. Nelson was gone midway through the season, when the Warriors had a 14-31 record. Then he went to the Knicks, where he had more personality clashes and didn’t last a full year, even though the team had a winning record.
1993 NBA Draft: Webber Selected #1
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1993 NBA Draft: Chris Webber traded for Penny Hardaway & 3 Future draft picks
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18pts vs the Hawks
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NBA Rookie Game w/ Penny, Rider, Bradley
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Dunks on Mark Jackson
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Vs Orlando Magic; Amazing Finish
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Golden State Webber Season Mix
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Wins Rookie of the Year and Drops The Trophy
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2nd Playoff Game
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Famous Dunk on Charles Barkley During Playoffs
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3rd Playoff Game: Barkley Goes for 56pts
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Last Game as a Warrior in the 1994 Playoffs
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Nike Barbershop Commercial w/ Sprewell (talks about dunking on Barkley)
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Nike Barbershop Commercial Talks About His 1st Dunk
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MTV Rock and Jock Game w/ Rider & Kemp
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