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November 23, 2008
Opening tip: Chris Webber is really retired this time

Kings (5-9) at Lakers (10-1)

Scoring: Kings 14th (98.3), Lakers third (104.8).
Shooting: Kings second (48.3 percent), Lakers tied for 10th (45.2).
Scoring defense: Kings 28th (104), Lakers third (91.3).
Shooting defense: Kings tied for 29th (48.2 percent), third (41.9).
Three-point defense (being tracked in the House of Maloof): 30th (42.5 percent), Lakers seventh (32.6).
Turnovers (ditto): Kings 22nd (15.9), Lakers 11th (13.6).

The links: Lakers coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and Los Angeles Daily News.
The almanac: On this date in 1991, the Kings snapped their league-record 43-game road losing streak by winning in Orlando as Lionel Simmons scored 27 points for Sacramento's first win away from Arco Arena since Nov. 29, 1990. On this date in 1994, Jeff Hornacek of the Jazz set an NBA record by going eight for eight on three-pointers. Sam Perkins of the SuperSonics later tied the mark. Also on this date in 1994, the Suns became the third team in history to have 10 players score in double figures in the same game, part of a 140-109 win over the Clippers.

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Chris Webber is absolutely, positively, definitely, 100 percent retired. That's the word from his agent, Aaron Goodwin, which isn't exactly breaking news but is noteworthy since Webber has done the half-season thing before in hopes of one more playoff run and he is not happy at going out on the bad note of spring '08 with Golden State


That was a failed experiment for all involved, though much more for Webber. He took an ego hit. The Warriors had the low-risk part of the deal -- minimum contract, the chance to add one of the best passing big men in the game to an offense predicated on the ball whipping around, and no true disruption to the roster or the locker room. As everyone now knows, Don Nelson was not going to play Brandan Wright, the rookie power forward, anyway and the roster was turning more selfish and stat-conscious by the week.

But that will apparently be his limping exit.

The conversation with Goodwin:

Question: Is Chris Webber retired, retired, definitely retired?

Answer: Chris is officially retired.

Q: He sent his letter in?

A: He sent his letter in. He'll be in the Class of 2013 (for the Hall of Fame). As will Gary Payton (another Goodwin client). He finally sent his letter in.

Q: When did Chris send his letter?

A: Sometime in the summer, before he took the TNT job.

Q: If somebody calls in January, February, March?

A: No. He's content. He's building his future now.

Q: Do you think he'd be tempted at all?

A: No. Not at all. Didn't even consider it this summer. Wanted to move forward in his life.

Q: Were there many calls?

A: I don't know that there were many calls. We had a few calls. But Chris had made it clear that he's moved on. The experiment in Golden State made him understand that, ''Time has passed me and I want to move on."

Q: What did he learn from the Golden State experience?

A: Just that time had passed. What he wanted to do, what he felt he could do, his body wouldn't allow him to do it. And he's a smart man. Why press it?

Q: Did he regret doing that?

A: (Pauses three seconds). On the record, no he didn't regret it....

Q: Did he regret coming back or did he regret coming back with that team?

A: I think there were some regrets in both coming back and coming back with the team. The system and the style never adjusted. He was under the impression that it would adjust a little bit when he was playing.

Q: Slow it down for him?

A: Slow it down into a halfcourt offense, and that would help them, especially in the playoffs. But it never happened.

Q: Where do you think he wanted to go?

A: Probably Detroit.

Q: It just never happened?

A: Timing wise, Detroit wanted us to wait a little while and he didn't have the time.

Q: If he was under the impression that the Warriors wanted him to play one way and another thing ended up happening, did he think Don Nelson was trying to show him up?

A: Not at all. Not at all. I think it was fair. The team needed to play up-tempo and Don elected to do that. And when they did that, Chris wasn't a part of the offense. Chris, like I said, he's a smart man. He realized that was going to happen, so why continue to play?



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