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“I know that the ‘Fab Five’ documentary makes it seem like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m so scared to talk about it,’ ” Webber said of that timeout he tried to call against North Carolina way back when, adding he got over it a long time ago. “I’ve always tried to embrace it.”

Patrick followed up by asking about “Fab Five,” the “30 for 30” film that Jalen Rose got together for ESPN. Webber was noticeably absent from that project.

“I love the guys, but I just think there was so much missed there,” Webber said. “I think it was OK, except … I think it was … it looked like … it looked like, you know, what happens, a lot of people, after they retire or when they’re looking for a job or when they want to be relevant, they go back in time and kind of make sure their importance is really known.

“My thing is it’s always been about us five. So when one guy has a million highlights of himself, as if he was the leading scorer and all the stories are like embellished, it’s just a little hard for me. But I think it was entertaining, there was a lot of truth in it. I think it was definitely good, it was OK. …

“I made an agreement when I joined the Fab Five not to be above the group. I have stayed consistently as a member, no one’s above the other. It’s just disheartening when you pay attention to those rules for 20-plus years, and somebody wants to be Hollywood and make it about them …”

Why didn’t he — really the star of the Fab Five — participate?

Webber said his response when asked was, “Hell, yeah, I’ll be in the doc,” until he found out shooting was wrapping up in just a week. He figured that was not enough time to prepare for it, considering he’s been working on his own book for five years and it still isn’t done.

Of course the comments immediately got a lot of attention, including from former U-M teammate Jimmy King, who was asked on Detroit Sports radio about Webber’s assertion about when he was asked to be in “Fab Five.”

“That’s a flat-out lie,” King said. “There is no way we would have done this production — I’m going to tell you exactly how it went down. When it was proposed, it was sent out over email to all of us. ”

And since he was responsible for the communication, King said, “I can tell flat-out, unequivocally, that that is not the truth.”


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