Chris Webber turned a potential awkward moment into tremendous television last night during Game 5 of the Chicago Bulls-Cleveland Cavaliers series.
Play-by-play man Marv Albert was breaking down David Blatt’s attempt to call a timeout he didn’t have at the end of Game 4, only to be stopped just in time by assistant Tyronn Lue.
“Marv, I was going to say I hope you aren’t explaining what happens when you call a timeout to me,” Webber said. “Was that for everybody else?”
Unless you live under a rock or are a Michigan fan who has successfully repressed the memory, Webber earned a technical foul in the waning moments of the 1993 NCAA Tournament final by calling for a timeout when the Wolverines didn’t have any remaining.
The analyst joked that he wishes Lue had been on the sidelines of the Superdome that fateful day to save him from the mistake.
The infamous timeout is something Webber has been reticent to discuss in the 22 years since it happened. Kudos to him for finding a way to broach the subject and say what everyone at home was thinking.