Webber can still pass, but ...

Former NBA coach Jim O'Brien takes a look at the Pistons' decision to bring in Chris Webber.

Originally Published: January 15, 2007
By Jim Obrien | ESPN Insider
When I was a young man just out of college, I bought my first car. I believe it was a late '60s Chevy Camaro. The price was right, it looked good and it had a radio that worked. When I took it for a test drive, it ran beautifully and that radio sounded so good.

I paid cash and took it from Philadelphia to a new job I had in North Carolina. Three hours into my 500-mile journey, it started to smoke. To make a long story short, it took six pints of oil to get me to my job because the engine block was cracked. I should have had a master mechanic look under the hood before laying down my money.

"Webber is the best passing big man in the league, and you do not need young legs to be a great passer. "
-- Jim O'Brien
Chris Webber might have some engine problems of his own, but he is going to a team that should be the absolute best fit for his aging game. Joe Dumars is a smart guy who kicks all the tires before driving off the lot with a used car. You can bet he has looked under the hood and knows exactly what he is getting. The deal Dumars pulled to get Rasheed Wallace is still fresh in everybody's memories.

It is not an easy job to coach in the NBA, but Flip Saunders has just been given a piece that should make his Pistons a much more difficult team to guard.

Webber is the best passing big man in the league, and you do not need young legs to be a great passer.

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