Quick Facts About Chris Webber
|Birth Name||Mayce Edward Christopher Webber III|
|Celebrated Name||Chris Webber|
|Date of Birth||March 01, 1973|
|Age||43 Years Old|
|Place Of Birth||Detroit, Michigan|
Mayce Edward Christopher Webber III, popularly known by his professional name, Chris Webber, is a retired American professional basketball player who is recognized as one of the most prominent players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Even after being retired, he is still remembered for his outstanding contribution to the sport. He has been the NBA All-Star five times and was the NBA Rookie of the Year. His net worth amounts to a jaw-dropping $275 million.
He was born on March 1, 1973, in Detroit, Michigan, to Mayce Webber Jr. and Doris Webber. His father was a factory worker in a Detroit General Motors plant, the hardworking man worked double shifts to ensure the proper upbringing of his five children. Chris Webber recognized his talent early, scoring 64 points and 15 dunks in a game in eighth grade. He went to the Detroit Country Day High, located in the upscale suburb of Birmingham.
His high school debut in basketball got him a lot of attention as he led Country Day to three state championships and averaged 29 points and 13 rebounds a game as a senior. He was titled Michigan's Mr. Basketball and 1990–91 National High School Player of the Year honors. Universities came flooding with offers but he chose the University of Michigan in order to be closer to his family.
Ed Martin scandal almost ruined Chris Webber's thriving career
As a college athlete, Chris Webber was a first-team All-American and led the Michigan Wolverines' 1991 incoming freshman class known as the Fab Five. They reached the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship games as freshmen and sophomores.
But his fame was short-lived. He was found directly involved in the 2002 Ed Martin scandal which stripped him of his All-American honors by the NCAA. He was found guilty of lying to a jury in the investigation of a gambling operation run by program booster Ed Martin. Despite the ban, Webber attended the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game between Michigan and Louisville in order to show his support for the Michigan men's basketball team in its quest for a National Championship.
Chris Webber was drafted to NBA in 1993 where he became the only person apart from Magic Johnson to be selected by the Orlando Magic as the first pick overall draft pick as a sophomore. He was immediately traded to the Golden State Warriors where he made an impressive rookie entry with an average of 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game making him the winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. But due to his beef with the coach Don Nelson, he used his one-year escape clause in his contract in order to be sent to the Washington Bullets(now Washington Wizards). Due to this, he was referred to as a “cry baby” by many critics.
As a true warrior that Chris Webber is, he was able to play great games and patch things up with coach Don Nelson winning back his reputation as a good guy. Webber was named to his first All-Star team in 1997. Despite his good performance on-court, Chris stirred much drama off court damaging his good reputation again. In 1998, the Wizards traded Webber to the Sacramento Kings for his problematic behavior off-court.
Chris Webber retired from the court but not fame
Sacramento Kings became one of the league's top franchises after Chris Webber joined the team. He was named to the All-Star team again in 2000 and 2001 while retaining his status as one of the premier power forwards in the NBA. Despite having a good record all season, The Kings had a game 4 loss to the Lakers. This prompted Chris to rethink his continuation to the team.
He was then encouraged by Laker Shaquille O'Neal, which made him re-sign his contract with the team. In the next season, The Kings lost a nail-biting game to the Lakers which was the closest that Webber ever got to a championship. They lost a deciding game 7 consecutively. He then went on to play for the Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, and the Warriors again until he officially retired from his career as a basketball player in 2008.
The following year, he made an appearance on Inside the NBA on TNT, alongside Charles Barkley and host Ernie Johnson. He is presently an analyst on NBA TV's NBA Gametime Live. Along with that, he has also invested in companies that represent basketball and football players, real estate, and film projects. He also owned a restaurant that closed down in 2009. He was a producer to singer Nas's track Surviving the Times from his Greatest Hits album and Blunt Ashes from the album Hip Hop Is Dead and currently states to be working on his book.
With a professional career that spanned over a decade, Chris has been able to make quite a fortune. He has reportedly made over $176 million with his NBA career alone. His current net worth amounts to $275 million. Despite stirring many controversies during his career, Chris Webber is still regarded as a legendary figure in basketball history. Even though he has retired from his professional basketball career, he continues to win hearts through his entrepreneurship and involvement in charities. He continues enjoying his stardom with his TV appearance and musical involvement. We cannot wait to get our hands on his upcoming book and discover more about the amazing athlete.
Even though he has retired from his professional basketball career, he continues to win hearts through his entrepreneurship and involvement in charities. He continues enjoying his stardom with his TV appearance and musical involvement. We cannot wait to get our hands on his upcoming book and discover more about the amazing athlete.
Chris Webber dated Tyra Banks and Nia Long before settling down
Tall, dark, and handsome - Chris Webber possesses every quality women look for in a man and when you add an NBA All-star basketball player to the mix- it is no shocker that women go crazy over him. Before settling down with his wife, Erika Dates, Chris must've broken many hearts.
He is said to have gone out with pop sensation Brandy Norwood, actress Nia Long, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Amanda Lewis. But his relationship with supermodel Tyra Banks was the one that got a lot of attention from the media.
They began dating in 2002 and Banks was seen at several Sacramento Kings games. The couple was even rumored to be thinking about getting engaged but they broke up in 2002.
He has left his dating days behind and tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Erika Dates in 2009. They are currently not known to have any children.