Former NBA player and Fab Five member Chris Webber has stated his interest in buying the Atlanta Hawks through his company, The Webber Group.
Webber, now 41, is a Detroit native who played 17 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2008 as a Golden State Warrior. The one-time Rookie of the Year and five-time All-Star, he’s best known for his long tenure with the Sacramento Kings, who fell just short of a championship while he was there.
Webber has most recently been an broadcaster for NBA TV and TNT.
Webber announced his intentions via Twitter.
Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed has talked to six potential buyers according to ESPN.com but popular sentiment in Atlanta is that former Atlanta Hawks All-Star Dominique Wilkins be involved in some capacity.
Wilkins has been the Hawks’ Vice-President of Basketball for the last decade. Only 50.1 percent of the team is available; Levenson and his partner’s interest is up for sale, but the rest is owned by an Atlanta-based collective that wants to retain their interest.
The Hawks were forced into a sale when current owner Bruce Levenson admitted he’d sent some emails about Hawks fans that could be deemed racist. After that, Hawks GM Danny Ferry was placed on indefinite leave when it was found out that he’d made some remarks about NBA player Luol Deng.