By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Comme C-Webb, Comme Ca…….
SAN FRANCISCO — And so Don Nelson’s legacy is assured. He wasn’t a mean dad back in the day after all, just a stern one, and he only had Chris Webber’s best interests, and his rebounding average, at heart.
That’s your cynical take on the return of Prodigal C-Webb, the newest and oldest Warrior. Your most positive take is that … well, he can’t do much harm other than not be the rebounder and support staff the Warriors need to keep the Trail Blazers/Jazz/Rockets down in the hole.
In which case, nothing ventured but a few bucks, nothing gained until the trade deadline. You see, 13 years is a long time to redress an issue, and a considerable number of Warrior fans have been Warrior fans since … oh, last March.
Chris Webber may as well be Tom Meschery to them.
And even those who remember Webber as he was then, barely out of his teens and with more game than most people should be allowed to have, they can add.
13 years, plus microfracture surgery, plus no games this year equals huh?
Indeed, the most likely way this plays out is that Webber comes in, has a quick spurt of success, then settles into a familiar role doing largely what the Warriors already have enough of — guys who like to shoot and pass.
He isn’t going to become Paul Millsap or LaMarcus Aldridge. He is what he is, and what he’s always been.
The other truth here is that, despite the romantic notion that has endured these many years, he and Nelson did not break up a potentially great team when they had their joust so many years ago.
The Warriors were never wired for true postseason greatness, because they had the same flaws and shortcomings they do now.
Indeed, Nelson didn’t cite Webber as the piece of the puzzle that makes the Mavericks, Spurs and Suns weep with terror, but as a way to keep the Trail Blazers/Jazz/Rockets off their tails awhile longer.
In other words, and you may try to make this as ironic as you wish, the Warriors have just signed Chris Webber as a defensive move – preventing something bad, like ninth place, from happening.
And if it also ends up making Don Nelson seem more like Conrad Bain in “Diff’rent Strokes,” well, that’s up to you.