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Life is a Whole Lot Better for Chris Webber

Jan 16, 2007, 1:15 AM EDT

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Chris Webber has become quite adept at watching games from the sidelines.

That’s what this Yahoo! photo caption should read.

Chris Webber was in attendance in Auburn Hills for the Pistons game on Monday night.

The ovation began as he emerged from a
tunnel in a corner of The Palace. By the time he entered the light of
the arena, many were standing and most were cheering, and when P.A.
announcer John Mason asked fans to welcome "Detroit’s own Chris
Webber," the noise grew.  It was not thunderous, but appreciative.

That’s certainly a whole lot more than he became used to in the city of brotherly love.

Timeout went from being the aging, over the hill, hated-because-he’s-making-millions-to-sit-the-bench CWebb in Philly to getting a standing ovation in Detroit, moving from a team with 10 wins to a team with over twice that, and oh yeah, the Sixers are still paying his electric bill.

Webber obviously couldn’t turn down the chance to play in front of his people.  Part of his statement:

Joining the Pistons will allow me the
opportunity to play the game I love in my hometown of Detroit
surrounded by my family. I look forward to joining a roster of talented
athletes and working toward a fourth NBA title for the Pistons and the
great city of Detroit.

In somewhat related news, the Sixers lost again yesterday to Toronto.  Chris Bosh can play.  8,000 strong showed up at the Wachovia Center to watch the game.

Billy King was asked why he thought things didn’t work out with Chris Webber and the Sixers in the long run.  His answer was not surprising, "I have no idea."

Not a clue.

>>Webber comes home [DetNews]
>>Sixers lose to Raptors 104-96 [NBA Video]