Injuries slowed Chris Webber throughout his NBA career, finally bringing the 35-year-old veteran to a complete halt on Tuesday.
Webber announced his retirement after lingering complications with a surgically repaired left knee derailed his much-publicized return to the Golden State Warriors, the team that drafted him with the first pick in 1993. Webber signed with his former team on Jan. 29 but played in just nine games, averaging 14 minutes and 3.9 points.
This sputtering end to his career is in stark contrast to the highs that the former National High School Player of the Year found in college and also the NBA. While he never reached the pinnacle of winning a championship, he helped lead his Michigan Wolverines to two consecutive appearances in the NCAA national championship game, claimed NBA Rookie of the Year honors and played in five All-Star games. Sadly, Webber may best be remembered for his mental lapse in the 1993 Final Four when he called a timeout his team did not have, resulting in a technical foul that helped North Carolina seal a 77-71 victory.
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