Everyone knows about the infamous timeout Chris Webber called in the final seconds of Michigan’s loss in the NCAA Finals. You either witnessed it or relived it during ESPN’s popular documentary about the “Fab Five”. Jalen Rose now an NBA analyst and former Fab Five member spoke about how Webber must feel and the disconnect in their relationship. Read more after the jump.
The Fab Five isn’t quite as tight as it used to be, even though they say they’ll be tight forever. Jalen Rose, just announced as an addition to ESPN/ABC’s NBA pregame show, was on Bill Simmons’ B.S. Report and talked about his complicated relationship with Chris Webber.
“I don’t talk to him as much as I should,” Rose said. “It’s actually disappointing. We’ve never had an argument, we’ve never had a disagreement, we’ve never had a beef. And he may or may not ever admit this, I think that timeout really screwed him up emotionally. To the point where he wanted to disassociate himself with the entire Michigan scenario. He wants to act like it never happened. And so a domino effect of that has been the relationships with not just me, with other members of the Fab Five.”
It’s interesting that Rose used the word “disassociate” because that’s Webber’s current status relating to Michigan because of the NCAA sanctions – at least until that expires in 2013.
U-M athletic director Dave Brandon indicated he would like Webber to apologize before being welcomed back to Michigan.
Despite the distance, Rose always will care for Webber, he said.
“He’s definitely a family member,” Rose said. “He’s a brother. That’s my brother, that’s my little brother.”
- Mark Snyder for Detroit Free Press