Ex-NBA star Chris Webber to teach course at Wake Forest

chris-webber-fingerFormer NBA star and one of the most talented power forwards, Chris Webber, will be adding something new to his resume. He will now turn to teaching.

Webber, was a 5-time NBA all-star, playing for the Golden State Warriors, Washington Bullets (Wizards), Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76sers and Detroit Pistons during his NBA career.

Webber led the NBA in rebounds per game in 1998-99 with a 13.0 rpg average. He also averaged career-high 27.1 ppg for the Kings during the 2000-01 season. Webber played a total of 831 NBA games (827 started), averaging 20.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg and 1.4 bpg in 37.1 mpg.

Since retiring in 2008, Webber has worked in broadcasting for Turner Sports. He also did color commentary and was an occasional panelist on TNT’s Inside the NBA and NBATV.

Over the course of 25 years, Webber has transformed from breakout college star to five-time NBA all-star to TV personality to philanthropist and cultural artifact collector. He’ll add a new title to his resume in the fall of 2016 when he joins the faculty at Wake Forest.

Webber will reportedly teach a course on sports, race and society as part of the university’s Documentary Film Program, according to USA Today.

“I’m excited to bring real-life experience to the program. Sports are my passion and telling stories about sports is my new career,” Webber said in Wake Forest’s press release. “I’ve been involved with the NBA for nearly 25 years, and I understand firsthand how sports, business, race, gender and economics mesh.”

Webber will be joined in the program by Peter Gilbert, the man behind the acclaimed documentary Hoop Dreams.

The two men met during the filming of Hoop Dreams, and eventually launched the Webber Gilbert Media Group in 2012, which according to the Wake Forest press release “produces feature films and documentaries focusing on the intersection of sports, culture and society.”


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