Chris Webber has quickly become the world's most thoughtful broadcast NBA commentator, offering a wonderful break from the yuk-focused bombast of Charles Barkley and a far less assertive point-of-view than know-it-alls like Mark Jackson, Tim Legler and the like. What made Webber a fascinating personality inside the game shapes his persona on TV -- and it makes him stand out all the more.
Webber's central thrust is not that the Heat are soft chokewhining frauds, or that Erik Spoelstra is in way over his head. It's a nuanced view that the Heat are too talented to fail like this, and that if they stop talking about their talent and their thirst for victory, they might actually win more. "Shut up, play ball" is the theme. A million NBA fans are vigorously nodding their approval.
So, here's to you Chris Webber, thoughtful analyst. Hats off.