Chris Webber

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Webber also professes affection for MSU’s Tom Izzo, won’t answer when Dan Patrick asks him do-over question

Chris Webber riles up the Fab Five. (Photo: File photo)

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More than 20 years later, leave it to Chris Webber to stir the Fab Five pot.

The former Michigan star was on “The Dan Patrick Show” this morning (the video is below), ostensibly to talk about the NBA playoffs, since that is his current analyst’s job on TNT.

But Patrick asked about TNT colleague Marv Albert teasing Webber about Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt’s phantom time-out the other day and one thing led to another.

“I know that the ‘Fab Five’ documentary makes it seem like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m so scared to talk about it,’ “Webber said of that timeout he tried to call against North Carolina way back when, adding he got over it a long time ago.”I’ve always tried to embrace it.”

Patrick followed up by asking about “Fab Five,”the”30 for 30” film that Jalen Rose got together for ESPN. Webber was noticeably absent from that project.

“I love the guys, but I just think there was so much missed there,”Webber said.”I think it was OK, except. I think it was. it looked like. it looked like, you know, what happens, a lot of people, after they retire or when they’re looking for a job or when they want to be relevant, they go back in time and kind of make sure their importance is really known.

“My thing is it’s always been about us five. So when one guy has a million highlights of himself, as if he was the leading scorer and all the stories are like embellished, it’s just a little hard for me. But I think it was entertaining, there was a lot of truth in it. I think it was definitely good, it was OK.

“I made an agreement when I joined the Fab Five not to be above the group. I have stayed consistently as a member, no one’s above the other. It’s just disheartening when you pay attention to those rules for 20-plus years, and somebody wants to be Hollywood and make it about them. “

Why didn’t he — really the star of the Fab Five — participate?

Webber said his response when asked was, “Hell, yeah, I’ll be in the doc,” until he found out shooting was wrapping up in just a week. He figured that was not enough time to prepare for it, considering he’s been working on his own book for five years and it still isn’t done.

Of course the comments immediately got a lot of attention, including from former U-M teammate Jimmy King, who was asked on Detroit Sports 105.1 about Webber’s assertion about when he was asked to be in “Fab Five.”

“That’s a flat-out lie,”King said.”There is no way we would have done this production — I’m going to tell you exactly how it went down. When it was proposed, it was sent out over email to all of us. “

And since he was responsible for the communication, King said, “I can tell flat-out, unequivocally, that that is not the truth.”

Anyway, Fab Five aside, Patrick also asked about something Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said, that Webber was the only recruit who made him cry.

“Coach Izzo is a big part of my book,”Webber said.”I’ve known Coach Izzo, I consider him a friend, I’ve known him since I was about 15 years old. I love Coach Izzo, because when he goes into kids’ houses and he talks to kids, and he says what he says and he makes them promises, he holds true to those promises. Tom Izzo is one of the best men that I know.”

He said Izzo followed through on a promise to recruit his brother, even after Webber chose the Wolverines.

So, Patrick said, “If I gave you a mulligan, knowing what you know now. “

“Don’t do that. don’t do that. don’t do that,”Webber said.”The truth is this. I don’t want to answer that, honestly, in the mood that I’m in.”

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