Life is a Whole Lot Better for Chris Webber

Life is a Whole Lot Better for Chris Webber

Chris Webber has become quite adept at watching games from the sidelines.

That's what this Yahoo! photo caption should read.

Chris Webber was in attendance in Auburn Hills for the Pistons game on Monday night.

The ovation began as he emerged from a
tunnel in a corner of The Palace. By the time he entered the light of
the arena, many were standing and most were cheering, and when P.A.
announcer John Mason asked fans to welcome "Detroit's own Chris
Webber," the noise grew.  It was not thunderous, but appreciative.

That's certainly a whole lot more than he became used to in the city of brotherly love.

Timeout went from being the aging, over the hill, hated-because-he's-making-millions-to-sit-the-bench CWebb in Philly to getting a standing ovation in Detroit, moving from a team with 10 wins to a team with over twice that, and oh yeah, the Sixers are still paying his electric bill.

Webber obviously couldn't turn down the chance to play in front of his people.  Part of his statement:

Joining the Pistons will allow me the
opportunity to play the game I love in my hometown of Detroit
surrounded by my family. I look forward to joining a roster of talented
athletes and working toward a fourth NBA title for the Pistons and the
great city of Detroit.

In somewhat related news, the Sixers lost again yesterday to Toronto.  Chris Bosh can play.  8,000 strong showed up at the Wachovia Center to watch the game.

Billy King was asked why he thought things didn't work out with Chris Webber and the Sixers in the long run.  His answer was not surprising, "I have no idea."

Not a clue.

>>Webber comes home [DetNews]
>>Sixers lose to Raptors 104-96 [NBA Video]

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

A post shared by Ben Simmons (@bensimmons) on

Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

A post shared by Rob Covington (@atf_33) on

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).