Chris Webber on TNT hot seat after March Madness debacle
Former NBA All-Star and current TNT analyst Chris Webber might not be with the network much longer after he caused a scramble ahead of March Madness.
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported network officials were miffed when Chris Webber gave them late notice of his refusal to be on call for NCAA Tournament games:
In March, Webber did not help himself — if he wishes to continue to call games — by informing Turner officials very late that he would not do the NCAA Tournament that took place in a “bubble” format in Indianapolis.
Though TNT has been very understanding about COVID concerns throughout the pandemic, the fact that Webber waited until the last moment before bailing was looked upon as poor form.
When CBS/Turner had their press conference to preview the tournament, it did not have the announcements of its broadcast teams, as it customarily did in years past. This was not that big a deal, but the reason was because of Webber’s indecision.
Marchand reported Webber’s status is “very much in question.” His contract expires at the conclusion of the 2020-21 NBA season.
Turner could be parting ways with some other familiar faces, as well. Longtime play-by-play man Marv Albert might be calling it a career after the Eastern Conference Finals. Grant Hill’s contract is also up at the end of the season, though Marchand suggested TNT could look to retain him after his tremendous work during March Madness.
In any case, Webber’s days of being on the headset could be numbered. He has a decent fallback, though, considering he will be teaching athlete activism courses at Morehouse College.