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February 6, 2009
Chris Webber's moment is everyone's moment

The quick hit on the Chris Webber jersey retirement a few minutes ago is that the old team can still electrify and that the fans of today seemed to grab hold of something to cheer for.

Tonight will be one of the highlights of the Kings season even though it had nothing to do with the actual Kings season. Deserving tribute for C-Webb, yes, but a feel-good moment for a thirsting crowd.

And it was an actual crowd -- an announced sellout of 17,317, just like the old days, even if it wasn't tough to spot several empty seats together here or there. Arco hasn't felt like this in a long time.

That was obviously one of the goals of the business side. Market Webber heading to Feb. 6 and Vlade Divac heading to his ceremony on March 31, see if memories can sell tickets. Turns out, they can sell a lot.

If the Kings win, and they're in a close game with the Utah Jazz, it will make the night complete for the crowd that cheered so loudly for Webber. Or maybe it will be complete no matter what. Fans came to see Webber get his No. 4 retired and old favorites Vlade Divac, Scot Pollard and Doug Christie take part, and that much was an unqualified success.

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