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Webber encouraged by his youthful, former Kings team

LAS VEGAS, NV - Chris Webber openly admits he's biased when covering his former Sacramento Kings team as an NBA analyst, even during Summer League in Las Vegas, where he called a game with his former Los Angeles Lakers nemesis Rick Fox for NBA-TV.

"Rick knows I still hate the Lakers," Webber told News10 following Sacramento's 84-72 victory over the Lakers. "I'm just happy that I'm apart of the Kings family in some way."

The39-year-old, former five-time All-Star played 15 years in the NBA and more than six seasons with the Kings. His No. 4 jersey hangs among the franchise's greatest players in the rafters of Power Balance Pavilion, formerly ARCO Arena in Sacramento.

Webber raved about Kings rookie power forward Thomas Robinson, who was selected by Sacramento with the fifth overall pick, and how he would pair with budding star DeMarcus Cousins.

"I hear (Robinson)  is undersized and stuff; my scouting report is - whoever is saying that, they're wrong, they don't know what the hell they're talking about," Webber said. "This guy can attack the basket, he's strong...He and DeMarcus are going to be great together.

"They could be one of the most formidable big men tandems in the game"

Last week, Cousins took part in workouts with Team USA's men's basketball team in preparation for Olympic competition next month in London. 

Like Webber, Cousins took great pride when his Select Team was able to defeat Team USA. Webber did so in 1992 against the Dream Team, featuring Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

Webber's Select Team victory over the Dream Team was recently the subject of a documentary on NBA-TV.

"Kobe's lying, they couldn't even beat the 2008 (Olympic) team," Webber said, when asked if Kobe Bryant's comments were true - that the 2012 Team USA could actually beat the Dream Team.

Bryant said this year's Team USA, consisting of current

Summer League in Las Vegas is also where Webber cut his teeth, but as a broadcaster, now three years into his new career.

This offseason, Webber is working on an upcoming book and documentary with Martin McNeal, the former Kings beat writer for the Sacramento Bee. In the book and documentary, Webber will finally address, in great detail, about many issues that surrounded him since his college days at Michigan.

"I haven't talked about a lot of issues over the last 10 years or so," Webber said. "From Michigan accusations to not wanting to be in Sacramento, and it being the biggest blessing in my life."

He pointed out that the project will also pay homage to the people that have been instrumental in his life and career, in some way.


By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net
Twitter: @News10Sean


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