Webber gets some deserved (eternal?) rest
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on June 3, 2007
(Dedicated to my friends paul_mokeski and ROLEN76 from the philly.com Sixers forum)
Chris Webber’s and Pistons season came to end last night when they lost to Cavs in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series is over, Pistons season too, Webber’s season too, his career – perhaps – too.
11.6 pt, 6 reb with 51% fg in six games is a very good stat in my opinion, also considering he played center, like he did all year. Not enough for a possessed Lebron and his fierce Cavs, though.
But Webber surprised me. He did contribute to the very good season Pistons had, and also in the playoffs he recovered from a very bad series vs Chicago to play more than decently vs Cavs. Webber was opposed mainly to 7’3 Zydrunas Ilgauskas, in a matchup among the League’s most immobile players that is already a classic in my book (see the picture, one of the most dynamic ones I found). He even scored a clutch basket in game5 (ouh, “and one” !), getting an unbelievable continuation from the refs. Useless, at the end.
Exactly like he was useless as a Sixer, disappointing all his fans (?), including Sixers4guidos staff (??). But watching him playing a big part for this Pistons team was another confirmation of how he was/we were poorly coached in Philadelphia.
Not saying mulleted Flip Saunders is a great basketball mind, but at least he found a way to make him work, switching him to a position he never played, and at 34 y/o, by the way. I guess having a well oiled system, both defensively and offensively, helped.
What about Cheeks? And Cheeks’ system? Ok, sorry, I was joking.