Chris Webber developing “Fab Five” series from University of Michigan days
Former NBA All-Star and current TNT commentator Chris Webber is reportedly working on his own “Fab Five” documentary, to be told from his perspective.
Rick Porter of the Hollywood Reporter reported the limited scripted series is based on his upcoming autobiography entitled By God’s Grace. It will mark the first time Webber has really spoken publicly on his playing days with the Michigan Wolverines in the early-1990s.
Chris Webber himself said he hopes his truth will shine through:
“What I think is different about it is I’ve never spoken about my time with the Fab Five,” Webber said, via Porter. “There’s a lot of behind the scenes that not many people know about, and it’s about so many things. Hopefully I’ll be able to express those things, whether it’s about Detroit or the work ethic of the city and the factories — all those things that made us.”
The Fab Five–which consisted of Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson–changed the landscape of college basketball. ESPN’s “30 for 30” on the group is one of the more popular installments in the series, but Webber’s voice was not featured.
That’s because Chris Webber’s ties with his former teammates–and the university–are complicated. As the “30 for 30” documentary detailed, he pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt charge in 2003 stemming from benefits he received while at Michigan.
Webber’s negative characterization of former booster Ed Martin–from whom he received benefits–did not sit well with his teammates. The scandal also stripped Michigan of its Final Four banners, staining that period of the program’s history. As a result, Webber’s relationship with ex-teammates has been frayed.
However, things are thawing. Chris Webber has begun to repair his relationship with teammates and the university. Howard and Jackson are consultants on the new project.
The story of the Fab Five has sorely lacked Webber’s perspective. That will change in the near future.