February 9, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings former player Chris Webber (right) holds his jersey as former Indiana Pacers player Reggie Miller (left) looks on during the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Despite Mistake, Chris Webber Should Be Praised For His Relocation Efforts


Before Friday afternoon, former Kings icon Chris Webber and TV play-by-play man/radio host Grant Napear never would have been confused for being best friends. After Friday afternoon’s radio show call-in by Webber, they might have trouble being in the same room again.

Grant Napear and Chris Webber have had a rocky relationship for quite some time – which in my humble opinion, was started after Webber was traded to Philadelphia in 2005. Napear, know for his loud mouth split personality on radio as opposed to his company man persona on TV had some brash views on Webber after the trade, though, that seemingly became a trend after players from the glory years began to depart. Though, few outside of Webber continued to have such a strained relationship with Napear.

For those that missed the call, you can listen to it here and form your own opinions of the mishap, but for me? Despite his misinformation on the subject, Chris Webber wasn’t wrong for what he did during the call-in, at all.

The scenario started during TNT’s national broadcast of the Black Thursday game in which Cheryl Miller interviewed Mayor Kevin Johnson about the past week’s Sacramento City Council vote, which despite being “voted down” – actually meant it was in the Kings favor. Of course, Miller (and her brother Reggie Miller) along with Webber were all confused by this terminology and all went on to talk about the vote in a light that was negative for the Kings, something it clearly wasn’t as the 5-4 vote helped keep the Kings destiny in Sacramento.

For Webber, he clearly seemed confused and simply misinformed. That’s not meant as an excuse for CWebb – sure, in a perfect world, we’d have hoped he had as much knowledge of the scenario as we obsessed fans do – but for somebody who works across country, who’s told the vote was “shot down” and leads as busy a life as Webber – the mistake, while incredibly ill-timed given the national exposure, is acceptable. Reggie Miller on the other hand, who, unlike Chris, continued to pop off about the situation – even going as far as calling Mayor Johnson a liar and saying he had to spin the situation – deserves much more criticism than Webber who simply seemed genuinely confused.

In an attempt to rectify the situation, Webber called into Napear’s show Friday afternoon in hopes of setting the record straight, where immediately upon attempting to do so – Napear (in his ever-so notorious way) pounced on the former Kings star, demanding Webber essentially apologize for his blunder, which sent Chris into a well deserved rant.

Yes, as I said before, in a perfect world CWebb would have known the in’s and out’s of the vote – but I’ve seen a magnitude of King fans and outside media who were just as confused by the vote as he was. Chris has went out of his way during this entire process of the potential relocation to get Sacramento’s name out in the media and masses. Webber attempted to put together an ownership group in case of a Maloof sale. Webber has pleaded countless times on TV and radio for the Kings to remain in Sacramento – the lists of his attempts go on and on. Have they been worthwhile? Have they been effective? I guess that’s in the eye of the beholder – but for those who continue to bash Webber, I ask you this: Where’s Peja? Where’s Mitch? Where’s Bibby? Where’s Vlade? That’s not a knock on them or any efforts they may or may not have had behind the scenes, but to blast Webber who seemingly appears to be one of the only former members of the black and purple to put any serious effort into keeping the Kings in Sacramento? That’s terrible. That’s not what King fans are about.

Fans who’ve blasted him should know better. Grant should know better. Despite his misinformation, Chris is trying to do the right thing – trying to help the franchise, the city, out of dark days. Yes, he made a mistake – but that shouldn’t change the fact that out of any former player, he’s worked his ass off getting Sacramento in the spotlight and the topic should be the credit he deserves for that.

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  • brashhh

    There is no question that out of all the former players, Chris Webber has been the loudest voice in trying to keep the Kings in Sacramento. Despite the relationship he has with Grant Napear, the fact that Chris took what seemed an innocuous and legitimate question and turned it on it’s head, there is no excuse. Fans of CWebb can spin this anyway they want, but rude is rude. From what I understand, Chris knew what the interview was going to be about. Maybe he thought Grant was going to blow smoke up his ass before the question at hand, I don’t know. An adult response really would have been to listen to the question and just answer it, then the interview could have progressed to how great the night was for Chris and the ceremonies that evening. It seems remarkable to me that CWebb thru this rant was able to compose himself enough to gloss his Twitter address and radio show, or whatever that was. There seemed to be an agenda. If Chris didn’t like the subject that I’m sure Grant’s producer informed him of, he should have just refused the interview and went on his merry way. With that being said, I hope Chris can grant, no pun intended, an interview to a local and clear the air. This subject has gotten way out of hand and the longer it goes, the worse it will be.

  • brashhh

    There is no question that out of all the former players, Chris Webber has been the loudest voice in trying to keep the Kings in Sacramento. Despite the relationship he has with Grant Napear, the fact that Chris took what seemed an innocuous and legitimate question and turned it on it’s head, there is no excuse. Fans of CWebb can spin this anyway they want, but rude is rude. From what I understand, Chris knew what the interview was going to be about. Maybe he thought Grant was going to blow smoke up his ass before the question at hand, I don’t know. An adult response really would have been to listen to the question and just answer it, then the interview could have progressed to how great the night was for Chris and the ceremonies that evening. It seems remarkable to me that CWebb thru this rant was able to compose himself enough to gloss his Twitter address and radio show, or whatever that was. There seemed to be an agenda. If Chris didn’t like the subject that I’m sure Grant’s producer informed him of, he should have just refused the interview and went on his merry way. With that being said, I hope Chris can grant, no pun intended, an interview to a local and clear the air. This subject has gotten way out of hand and the longer it goes, the worse it will be.

  • ARoyalPain

    Chris is an emotional dude – I think he takes thing to heart, quite a bit (say, like the blowup over the Tyra situation). He certainly could have been more adult about it, no doubt, but Grant knew what he was doing as well – wasn’t the first rodeo Webber had been in with Grant, so, you could hear the “oh, no, we’re not doing this again” tone.

    I think he was mostly just irritated that after all of the efforts he’s put out there, Grant wanted to crap on the lone mistake. Now, I don’t blame Grant for bringing it up – but expecting radio Grant to do anything without bias or an agenda just isn’t realistic, lol and I get the sense Webber knew what he was trying to spin up.

  • http://www.bloguin.com/evilcowtowninc Nate Hughart

    I haven’t said much (or anything other than a tweet or two) on the topic but I’ll add in my 2 cents here (which is all my opinion is actually worth anyway but I digress…) anyway.

    Was Grant wrong for his antagonistic approach and phrasing? Yeah he was. But since when has Grant been known as anything other than a flaming douchebag asshole on that radio show?

    What I do think was evident that Chris’ ego was on massive display and that’s why no team will hire him into basketball operations. It was a perfect time for Chris to be the bigger man and all that. We know that won’t be Grant Napear.

    Chris Webber had some good intentions, and I think he was concerned that Kevin Johnson didn’t get the strong mayor vote. (That’s what ticked Bonnie Pannell off more than anything.) But guess what? TNT’s broadcast won’t shape the voters anymore than it will hurt the vote by City Council. What’s important is that the City Council understands what’s going on, and, honestly, that the terms of the deal make sense from the city standpoint. ( you can’t use the general fund as a backstop for cost overruns. The NBA/Kings ownership has to pay that.)

    At any rate, the real issue is tomorrow night and later in the month. and that’s the mark of maturity.

    All Chris Webber did was act like how I thought he would act when I found out when Grant approached him to come on the show. Grant’s a douchebag, but Chris indulged Grant on that and that’s all on Chris Webber. He’s far too intelligent to indulge a headline seeking knucklehead local radio personality in something so silly when there are more important things for him to be doing. And Chris failed that test. Oh well.

  • ARoyalPain

    Chris is an emotional dude – I think he takes thing to heart, quite a bit (say, like the blowup over the Tyra situation). He certainly could have been more adult about it, no doubt, but Grant knew what he was doing as well – wasn’t the first rodeo Webber had been in with Grant, so, you could hear the “oh, no, we’re not doing this again” tone.

    I think he was mostly just irritated that after all of the efforts he’s put out there, Grant wanted to crap on the lone mistake. Now, I don’t blame Grant for bringing it up – but expecting radio Grant to do anything without bias or an agenda just isn’t realistic, lol and I get the sense Webber knew what he was trying to spin up.

  • http://www.bloguin.com/evilcowtowninc Nate Hughart

    I haven’t said much (or anything other than a tweet or two) on the topic but I’ll add in my 2 cents here (which is all my opinion is actually worth anyway but I digress…) anyway.

    Was Grant wrong for his antagonistic approach and phrasing? Yeah he was. But since when has Grant been known as anything other than a flaming douchebag asshole on that radio show?

    What I do think was evident that Chris’ ego was on massive display and that’s why no team will hire him into basketball operations. It was a perfect time for Chris to be the bigger man and all that. We know that won’t be Grant Napear.

    Chris Webber had some good intentions, and I think he was concerned that Kevin Johnson didn’t get the strong mayor vote. (That’s what ticked Bonnie Pannell off more than anything.) But guess what? TNT’s broadcast won’t shape the voters anymore than it will hurt the vote by City Council. What’s important is that the City Council understands what’s going on, and, honestly, that the terms of the deal make sense from the city standpoint. ( you can’t use the general fund as a backstop for cost overruns. The NBA/Kings ownership has to pay that.)

    At any rate, the real issue is tomorrow night and later in the month. and that’s the mark of maturity.

    All Chris Webber did was act like how I thought he would act when I found out when Grant approached him to come on the show. Grant’s a douchebag, but Chris indulged Grant on that and that’s all on Chris Webber. He’s far too intelligent to indulge a headline seeking knucklehead local radio personality in something so silly when there are more important things for him to be doing. And Chris failed that test. Oh well.

  • wonbae86

    what the hell are all you talking about?! This whole, “be an adult about it” business?! what is that supposed to mean? Grant had a bone to pick with Chris and he did it on a night that was bigger than their beef. Grant took a night that was supposed to be about black thursday, the kings beating one of the best teams right now, the city’s relationship with Chris, and turned it into an argument about something ridiculous like Chris’ commentating skills.

    So whatever yall are saying about Chris failing because he fed into Grant’s dumb show, you’re failing to see the bigger picture here. While everyone is worried about where the kings will be in the future, Grant’s sitting there picking a fight about what mistake Chris made.

    In my opinion, Chris did the right thing, by coming on air to address the listeners of Grant’s show, that he has nothing to hide, and that it was a misunderstanding and apologized for it. you’d have to be an jackass to ever think Chris had anything other than supporting sac on his agenda. But for Grant to use words like, “you guys at TNT,” warranted Chris to retaliate like that.

    Doing the right thing is defending not just your image, but whose you represent. He’s a pro commentator, and even the guys in the “big leagues” make mistakes. You think Chris is gunna let Grant diss him and his organization like that? Try and take away the fact that Chris has been doing more than most people behind the scenes to keep them here. I can’t believe some of you fans forget how much c-webb actually means and meant to the city of sacramento.We all know Chris has a huge heart for the game and sac, and for a bone head like Grant to try and shed negative light on C-webb like that was unprofessional and untimely.

    Wake up to the bullshit, fans.

  • wonbae86

    what the hell are all you talking about?! This whole, “be an adult about it” business?! what is that supposed to mean? Grant had a bone to pick with Chris and he did it on a night that was bigger than their beef. Grant took a night that was supposed to be about black thursday, the kings beating one of the best teams right now, the city’s relationship with Chris, and turned it into an argument about something ridiculous like Chris’ commentating skills.

    So whatever yall are saying about Chris failing because he fed into Grant’s dumb show, you’re failing to see the bigger picture here. While everyone is worried about where the kings will be in the future, Grant’s sitting there picking a fight about what mistake Chris made.

    In my opinion, Chris did the right thing, by coming on air to address the listeners of Grant’s show, that he has nothing to hide, and that it was a misunderstanding and apologized for it. you’d have to be an jackass to ever think Chris had anything other than supporting sac on his agenda. But for Grant to use words like, “you guys at TNT,” warranted Chris to retaliate like that.

    Doing the right thing is defending not just your image, but whose you represent. He’s a pro commentator, and even the guys in the “big leagues” make mistakes. You think Chris is gunna let Grant diss him and his organization like that? Try and take away the fact that Chris has been doing more than most people behind the scenes to keep them here. I can’t believe some of you fans forget how much c-webb actually means and meant to the city of sacramento.We all know Chris has a huge heart for the game and sac, and for a bone head like Grant to try and shed negative light on C-webb like that was unprofessional and untimely.

    Wake up to the bullshit, fans.