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Chris Webber of Turner Sports Talks NBA Finals

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BACK HERE "THE RICH EISEN
SHOW" IS CHRIS WEBER, HOW ARE
YOU?
>> IT'S EXCITING.
WE'RE GETTING OUR MONEY'S WORTH,
AND AS A FAN, IT'S BETTER TIMING
TO BE A BASKETBALL FAN THAN THE
PRESENT BECAUSE YOU'RE GETTING
GREAT BASKETBALL.
THAT'S JUST KIND OF MY
OVERAWESOME SUMMARY.
THIS NEVER HAPPENED, TWO
OVERTIME GAMES IN THE BEGINNING.
TO ME, IT'S EXCITING, GREAT
BASKETBALL.
>> WHEN YOU SEE LEBRON NOT GET
THE CALLS THAT ARE SO OBVIOUS TO
GET, NOW I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT
THE ONE WHERE HE'S DRIVING DOWN
THE LANE AT THE END OF
REGULATION AND THERE WAS CONTACT
AND REFEREES ARE MORE PRONE THAN
NOT TO WHISTLE, WHAT I'M TALKING
ABOUT, ANDRE IGUODALA HACKING
HIM, WHEN I'M TALKING ABOUT
GREEN HOLDING DOWN HIS SHOULDER
IN A JUMP BALL SITUATION AND
NONE OF THE THREE GRAY SHIRTS
CALL IT, WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN
YOU SEE THAT?
>> OH MAN, SO MANY THINGS GO
THROUGH MY MIND WHEN I SEE THOSE
TYPE OF THINGS, BUT, YOU KNOW,
FIRST I HAVE TO SAY THE REFS ARE
HUMAN, MAYBE THEY MISSED THE
CALL, THE ONE ON IGUODALA,
DOESN'T LOOK LIKE YOU COULD MISS
THE CALL.
AND SECOND GUYS MAYBE DOING IT
SLOP SO MUCH REFS DON'T KNOW
WHAT TO LOOK AT.
AND MAYBE, YOU KNOW, GUYS DON'T
WANT TO CALL IT.
I MEAN THERE'S FOUR TO FIVE
DIFFERENT SCENARIOS, I DON'T
KNOW WHICH ONE IT IS.
SO WHEN YOU ASK ME WHAT DO I
THINK, I GO THROUGH EVERY SINGLE
SCENARIO, AND JUST WONDER WHICH
ONE IT IS.
THERE ARE SOME OBVIOUS MISSED
CALLS AND BAD OFFICIATING LAST
NIGHT.
>> WELL, I MEAN, IN THAT REGARD,
OBVIOUSLY AS YOU POINT OUT, THEY
ARE HUMAN.
IS THERE ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM
THAT THIS IS JUST A LACK OF
RESPECT TOWARDS LEBRON IN ANY
WAY, CHRIS?
WOW, I MEAN IT COULD BE.
I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S IT.
I REALLY DON'T KNOW.
I KNOW THAT PLACE, GOLDEN STATE,
IS SO HARD TO PLAY AT AND SO
GREAT TO PLAY FOR THAT REFS CAN
GET INTIMIDATED AS WELL.
MAYBE THEY JUST MISSED IT OR
MAYBE IT'S A MISTAKE.
EVERYTHING'S IN PLAY.
EVERYTHING'S IN PLAY IN MY
EXPERIENCE PLAYING IN THE NBA.
AND SO, YOU KNOW, I REALLY DON'T
KNOW.
I DON'T WANT TO THINK IT'S A
LACK OF DISRESPECT BECAUSE IF
YOU REALLY LOOK AT IT, THE REFS
SHOULDN'T RESPECT OR DISRESPECT
YOU ANYWAY, THEY SHOULD JUST
CALL THE PLAY.
THAT'S THE PROBLEM WHEN WE DO
HAVE A HUMAN ELEMENT IN IT.
BUT YOU KNOW, IT'S BAFFLING.
I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO WHY,
BUT DEFINITELY MAKES YOU GO
THROUGH ALL THE SCENARIOS.
>> CHRIS WEBER JOINING ME HERE
""THE RICH EISEN SHOW"."
TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THE
5-23 NIGHT SHOOTING LAST NIGHT?
>> I ATTRIBUTE HIM MISSING SOME
HOPE LOOKS, AND TAKING SOME BAD
SHOTS.
AND HIM HAVING SOME GOOD DEFENSE
PLAYED ON HIM.
I THINK IT'S THE WHOLE CONTEXT
OF THE STORY.
I THINK DELLAVEDOVA IS STUFF.
I THINK THE PRESENCE WAS HEAVY
LAST NIGHT, BUT, YOU KNOW, IT'S
REALLY NO ONE THAT CAN STOP YOU.
IT'S WHO CAN PUT YOU IN A
POSITION FOR YOU TO MAKE THE
TOUGHEST SHOTS OR TO TAKE YOU
OUT YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
YOU KNOW, I'M NOT ONE OF THE
GUYS THAT IS GOING TO SAY
DELLAVEDOVA SHUT HIM DOWN
BECAUSE THE STATISTICS SUGGEST
THAT.
I THINK HE PLAYED GREAT AND
TOUGH AND HE WAS THERE FOR HIS
TEAM, BUT I THINK A LOT OF THAT
IS STEPH JUST HAVING A TOUGH
NIGHT.
I'M USED TO HIM PLAYING LIKE A
VIDEO GAME AND BEING THAT
AUTOMATIC.
IT'S IMPOSSIBLE AT THE END OF
THE DAY.
>> CHRIS, IT'S OBVIOUS THAT
STEVE KERR FEELS HIS BEST IS THE
SMALL UNIT.
IT PRESENTS A LOT OF ISSUES FOR
THE CAVS, NOT ONLY ON THE
DEFENSIVE END, BUT ALSO
OFFENSIVELY WHERE JUST LEBRON
WOULD JUST POUND THE ROCK UNTIL
THERE'S EIGHT, SEVEN SECOND LEFT
ON THE 24.
WHAT DOES DAVE BLACK DO MOVING
FORWARD WITH THE FINAL STRETCH
OF THIS SERIES WHEN STEVE KERR
DECIDES TO TAKE BOGUT OUT OF THE
GAME AND GO SMALL.
>> WELL STEVE KERR, HE'S SO
SMART, MAN, I'M IMPRESSED WITH
HIM ALL YEAR.
BUT I THINK ONE OF THE BEST
THINGS THAT STEVE KERR HAS DONE
IS LEBRON IS AVERAGING POINTS IN
THE TRIPLE DOUBLE.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THINGS COULD
BE WORSE AS FAR AS WHAT HE'S
AVERAGING REBOUNDING WISE AND
SCORING WISE IF THEY WERE TO
PLAY THEM LIKE CHICAGO.
IF THEY CAME OVER AND DOUBLE
TEAM AND LET OTHER GUYS GET HOT.
IN THIS GAME, AT LEAST THERE'S
NOT SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
SO I THINK THE WAY HE'S PLAYED
HAS BEEN REALLY SMART.
I THINK IT'S TOUGH BECAUSE YOU
CAN'T PLAY THE PICK AND ROLL
WHEN YOU HAVE SMALL GUYS.
YOU SEE THE ONLY GUY THEY CAN GO
AT IS KERR IS BECAUSE THEY'LL
SMALL AND THEY'LL SET A PICK AND
ROLL.
AND SET THAT PICK ON LEBRON,
THEY'LL SWITCH, GET HIM IN THE
POST.
THAT HASN'T BEEN WORKING, SO I
REALLY THINK WHAT HE'S GOING TO
HAVE TO DO IS SLOW DOWN LIKE
THEY'VE BEEN DOING.
GO AND LET LEBRON FACILITATE,
YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET
STRONG DOSES OF LEBRON.
THE GREAT THING ABOUT THE
TRIANGLE PEOPLE NEVER TALK
ABOUT, THEY PUT LEASHES ON GUYS.
YOU NEVER SAW A GUY STANDING
AROUND DRIBBLING AND JUST
WASTING TIME TAKING SHOTS
BECAUSE THE OFFENSE IS THE
DEFENSE AND I THINK WITHOUT THE
TRIANGLE, NOT SAYING THEY HAVE
TO PUT THAT IN THERE, BUT
THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PUT THE
BALL IN LEBRON'S HANDS, GO LATE
TO THE SHOT CLOCK, OR HE'S THE
GUY THAT PASSES TO THE MAIN GUY
THAT'S SHOOTING.
>> AND WHAT IS GOLDEN STATE'S
ADJUSTMENT MOVING FORWARD?
GAMES THREE, FOUR, ET CETERA.
>> I THINK GREEN WHO'S PLAYED
GREAT, HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO
STEP UP OFFENSIVELY, I THINK
YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO SEE A
LOT OF GUYS SCORING AND LOOK
LIKE A LOT OF GUYS WERE LOOKING
FOR STUFF, OF COURSE CLAY WAS
GOING OFF.
BUT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO SEE
OTHER GUYS LOOSEN UP AND LET THE
BALL FLY SO THAT WHEN THEY MAKE
MORE SHOTS, STEPH CAN GET OPEN
HITS BECAUSE YOU CAN DECIDE WHO
TO GUARD.
RIGHT NOW THEY'RE JUST JUMPING
THE STUFF AND MAKING EVERYBODY
ELSE MAKE THE TOUGH SHOTS.
>> WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST
REASONABLE STORYLINE MOVING
FORWARD?
IS IT A, THE FIRST TWO GAMES,
CAVS HAS PROVEN THEIR MEDAL THAT
ONCE AGAIN, DESPITE SOMEBODY
BEING OUT LIKE KYRIE IRVING,
THEY ARE AS GOOD AS ADVERTISED
AND ARE HERE TO STAY AND MAYBE
WIN THIS THING OR THEY HAVE
SPENT SO MUCH ENERGY IN BACK TO
BACK OVERTIME GAMES ON THE ROAD
TO JUST EARN A SPLIT, AND THE
WARRIORS ARE GOING TO HAVE
SOMEWHAT OF A FIELD DAY BECAUSE
THEY'RE USED TO THE UP AND DOWN
TEMPO MOVING FORWARD IN THE
SERIES.
WHICH ONE'S MORE REASONABLE OF A
STORY LINE, CHRIS?
>> I THINK THIS IS THE ONE WITH
CLEVELAND SHOWING THEIR MEDAL.
YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK
CLEVELAND'S GETTING ENOUGH
CREDIT.
I DON'T THINK IT'S A PAT ON THE
BACK, FAKE STORIES ABOUT HOW
LEBRON IS WORKING HARD, I DON'T
MEAN ALL THAT STUFF, I MEAN JUST
THE SIMPLE FACT IS MAN, THEY DO
NOT HAVE KEVIN LOVE.
AND I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH PEOPLE
DOG KEVIN LOVE ALL YEAR, USING
THEM AS VOODOO CALLS, HE IS A
BAD MAN.
HE CAN PLAY.
AND THEY DON'T HAVE HIM, NOR
KYRIE IRVING AND WON ONE ON THE
ROAD IN THE TOUGHEST PLACE TO
PLAY.
NO ONE'S GIVING THEM CREDIT, AND
I LOVE STEPH, I LOVE ALL THE
BASKETBALL STORIES, BUT I CAN
LOOK AT IT AND NOT SAY WELL THIS
IS A BETTER STORY, THAT'S A
BETTER STORY, AND I LOVE STEPH,
BUT HE HAS CLAY THOMPSON.
30-SOMETHING LAST NIGHT.
AND WE'RE SEEING WHAT THIS GUY
LEBRON IS DOING, AND I THINK
THAT'S THE STORY.
IF CLEVELAND WINS IT, YOU KNOW,
THIS TO ME IS ONE OF THE NICEST,
TOUGHEST CHAMPIONSHIPS I'VE SEEN
HARD FOUGHT, AND IF GOLDEN STATE
WINS IT, THEY DESERVE IT BECAUSE
THEY'VE HAD TO GRIND IT OUT ALL
YEAR.
CLEVELAND BEING WITHOUT TWO
GREAT PLAYERS, WHO ARE
ALL-STARS, IT'S AMAZING TO ME.
>> AND CHRIS WEBER HERE ON THE
RICH EISEN SHOW, YOU'RE GOING TO
OHIO, ARE YOU OKAY WITH THAT?
I KNOW, YOU KNOW, IT'S OHIO.
YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
>> SEE, AFTER I QUESTION FOR†--
I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU.
>> YOU KNOW WHAT, I DON'T KNOW.
I GOT TO BE HONEST, I DON'T
KNOW.
I LIKE WHAT HARBAUGH'S DOING, I
LIKE THE FACT THAT HE GOES TO
ALABAMA AND HAS, HAS A MINI CAMP
AND TAKES HIS SHIRT OFF AND ACTS
ALL SORTS OF CRAZY.
I LIKE IT.
I LIKE IT.
>> YEAH.
>> YOU KNOW?
>> I LIKE IT TOO.
AND YOU KNOW, I'M NOT GOING TO
LIE TO YOU, I ALMOST PULLED FOR
THE OTHER TEAM TO WIN SO THAT
FCC WOULDN'T BE DOMINANT AND GET
PEOPLE IN THE GAME.
I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN LIVING
THERE.
ONE THING PEOPLE KNOW, MY COUSIN
IS DREW CARTER.
HE'S A JERK THAT WENT TO OHIO
STATE AND CAUGHT A TOUCHDOWN
WHEN THEY WON THE NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP.
>> I DIDN'T KNOW THAT.
>> SO I HAVE TO HEAR AND FIGHT
ALL THOSE STORIES EVERY TIME I
GO TO OHIO, WHETHER I'M WITH
FAMILY OR NOT.
I'M READY FOR OHIO.
THEY KNOW WHAT IT IS.
THEY KNOW I DON'T MESS WITH THE
BUCKEYES.
IT'S ALL GOOD.
>> OKAY.
AND LAST THING, CHRIS, CAN I
HELP WITH YOU AND JALEN AND THE
REST OF THE FAB FIVE?
CAN I GET EVERYBODY TOGETHER FOR
ONE BIG GROUP HUG?
>> THE WORLD IS GREAT, MAN, THE
WORLD IS GOOD.
>> OKAY.
THAT'S ALL.
I JUST WANT TO HELP.
LET ME BE THE GUY THAT CAN GIVE
EVERYBODY ONE BIG HUG.
IS THAT POSSIBLE, CHRIS?
>> THE WORLD IS GOOD, MAN.
THE WORLD IS GOOD.
EXCEPT WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO
OHIO.
SO BE CAREFUL, OKAY.
>> YEAH, I DO WATCH MY BACK.
GOOD OHIO STATE JOKES BECAUSE
THEY HAVE IT.
YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE THEY DO, WHEN
THE OPPOSING TEAM IS ON THE FREE
THROW LINE, THEY JUST PUT UP A
PICTURE OF BEN ROETHLISBERGER OR
MICHIGAN M AND EVERYBODY BOOS.
THAT'S OKAY.
IF YOU WERE BEAT THAT MANY TIMES
BY A UNIVERSITY, YOU'D BE MAD
TOO.
>> I GO THERE EVERY YEAR FOR
CANTON, MAN, I HEAR IT.
WE'RE GOING TO BE GOOD, CHRIS,
WE'LL BE FINE.
>> WE'RE BACK, BABY.
>> THANKS FOR CALLING IN AS
ALWAYS, THANKS.
>> THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
>> CHRIS WEBER MAKING HIS WAY TO
CLEVELAND.