Paul Pierce and Chris Bosh headline the list of finalists for the 2021 Hall of Fame class as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame made the highly-anticipated announcement on Tuesday. Chris Webber has once again been named as a finalist this year, and for his part, the five-time All-Star has recently opened up about his love/hate relationship with the Hall.
In a recent interview with Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, Webber admitted that not being inducted into the Hall of Fame is something that has caused some disappointment on his end:
Naismith Hall of Fame finalist Chris Webber to @YahooSports on if not making the Hall yet bothers him: "Yes it has bothered me but it doesn't make me bitter" pic.twitter.com/Rji7LcKQ6r
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) March 9, 2021
Webber was very honest in his response. Being named into the Hall of Fame is the ultimate honor any player can hope for, and C-Webb shares his true feelings about being snubbed year after year:
“Yes, it has bothered me but it doesn't make me bitter or something to think about all the time,” he said. “The validation of the best players who have ever played in the world has been enough for me.”
Webber also went on to say that what has been disappointing for him is how he considers his enshrinement to be something that isn't only about himself. According to the 48-year-old, it's also about “honoring all those people that got you there.”
As for the validation of his peers, there have been a few all-time greats that have been campaigning for Webber's induction over the years. Recently, Grant Hill came out with a statement expressing how he believes Webber should have been a Hall of Famer by now:
I have known @realchriswebber for 35 years, and have considered him a very close friend for the duration of that time. It's a complete travesty that he's not in the #BasketballHallOfFame. His dominance in high school, college & NBA is more than worthy.. #MakeItHappen #ItsTime 🏀
— grant hill (@realgranthill33) March 9, 2021
2021 could finally be Chris Webber's year, though. It's hard to argue that he hasn't done enough to deserve the honor.