Chris Webber is just as impressed by Michigan’s improbable Big Ten Tournament run as everyone else. But he also seemingly found time to take a swipe at his former school.
While speaking on The Rich Eisen Show on Monday, the analyst and former NBA star praised the current Wolverines as they survived a scary plane accident and then won the Big Ten Tournament title. As he continued to talk about the NCAA Tournament, Webber then seemed to have criticism for the school.
“And whether it’s a school that for some reason doesn’t embrace you and you did everything you could for them, you still look at those kids and you go, ‘Man, I cannot wait to see them guys fulfill their dreams,'” Webber said.
Webber was part of the famous Fab Five, a group that helped lead the Wolverines to consecutive national championship appearances in 1992 and 1993. But Webber was later discovered to have accepted improper benefits from a booster, prompting the school to vacate those runner-up finishes.
But for most of his appearance on the show, Webber talked up the job the Wolverines have done to go from the bubble to conference champion and a No. 7 seed for the NCAA Tournament.
“I look at it as heart, toughness and teamwork,” Webber said. “I don’t think you can take anything away from any one of those aspects. Heart in the fact that they wanted to play, that they didn’t want to think about what had happened and be a victim. They wanted to go play. Two, toughness, the toughness that once you make the commitment you have to follow through. My father always taught me that it’s easy to make the commitment without thinking about the follow through. Well, they had to follow through. And then three, they had to let it fly, man, and play together and let all inhibitions go. That’s what you love seeing.
You can listen to Webber’s entire appearance on The Rich Eisen Show starting at 25:43 here. His couched criticism of Michigan starts at 32:00.
Former Michigan star Chris Webber
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) March 13, 2017