Chris Webber discusses 8-year wait to enter the Hall of Fame

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 26: Chris Webber #4 of the Golden State Warriors announces his retirement from the NBA at a press conference at ORACLE Arena March 26, 2008 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2008 (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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In a recent interview with ESPN, Chris Webber discussed many moments that have come to define his Hall of Fame career. Webber is remembered for his part in the Fab Five and his stints in Golden State, Washington, Philadelphia, and Sacramento.

Though he'd hit some bumps on the road, his induction into the Hall of Fame has granted him a sense of peace. When asked about his thoughts and feelings of finally entering the Hall, Webber did not mince words.

"I always thought that I would be blessed enough, lucky enough, to be a Hall of Famer. I thought the résumé showed that, but no one is entitled to that. So every year [I didn't get in] it would hurt, and the main focus that I focused on was [to not] focus on who went in the Hall of Fame that year. For a while, it was keeping blinders on. Don't think about it, stay into work."

"Actually, the first time I got the call [four years ago], I'd been trying eight years to have a child. And you get that 'No' and [now] I had a little newborn baby with me, so really it was like, 'God, I can't be upset. And I thank you for your blessings. I'd been praying for this but at the same time, c'mon, you know I was killing dudes out there.' That's how I looked at it."Chris Weber

He went on to discuss the surreal experience of receiving the call that he had finally got in. Webber detailed the conversation he had with his father after the fact. He expressed his excitement and disbelief felt in those moments as he celebrated with his family.

Basketball Hall of Fame: Chris Webber

A key member of the Fab Five, Chris Webber, helped the Michigan Wolverines reach consecutive Final Four's in 1992-93. They would, unfortunately, fall in both seasons to Duke and North Carolina, respectively. What most remember from those national title games includes a blunder from Webber himself.

That incident marked the end of Webber's collegiate career. A decade later, Webber would plead guilty to a criminal contempt charge involving his time at Michigan. The school then separated itself from him for another decade thereafter, only mending fences in 2013.

The Hall-of-Famer enjoyed a much more fruitful NBA career. Having played 15 seasons in the association, Chris Webber played his way onto five all-star teams. His career peaked in the early 2000s when he helped the Sacramento Kings enjoy their greatest stretch in recent memory.

He closed out his professional career with stints in Philadelphia and his hometown Detroit before finishing in Golden State.

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