Tuesday, July 19, 2005

With or Without Chris

An interesting debate about retiring numbers has lead to a debate about whether the Kings were better without Chris Webber on the floor during his stint in Sacramento over on the forums at KingsSuperFans.

It's obvious that people are letting the end of the 2004 season could their judgment. Yeah, Chris killed the team chemistry and flow when he came back that season. Even though we made it to the second round, we all knew we were toast when we fell out of the lead in the Pacific Division the last day of the season (thanks, Kobe).

But we were better off when Chris was injured? Please! In the 2003 season, we went 54-20 in games Webber played - a 73% winning percentage. Without him? 12-8, for a 60% winning percentage.

Even last year, we were better before the trade than after. I don't get the Webber hate. He was overpaid, yeah. He had some run-ins with the media and the law, yeah. But the guy gave us 23.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. He had an impact, and he was one of the bigger reasons we won a lot of games the last six years.


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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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