Hopefully he puts up a big game against his old team.Chris Webber may be happier the way his return to Sacramento is going to work out - play the Kings on the second game of a back-to-back situation, then leave town after the game.
Or maybe not.
The 76ers forward didn't really give reporters much of a chance to check out his emotions regarding tonight's game against the Kings, his team for 61/2 seasons before his trade on Feb. 23, because he was preparing with his new team to play the Los Angeles Lakers last night.
He indicated that he will be able to keep his emotions under control because he has been in situations before where he played against his old team in his former city of employment.
Asked whether it will be different in Sacramento, Webber replied: "I think it will be very different, but we're about to play the Lakers and I'm really trying emotionally to tap into that right now.
"You know what I learned? It kind of is what it is. You're going to have to deal with that situation anyway, so I don't know."
If there were more time to prepare, Webber said, "Maybe you'd have some closure. If [time] was shorter, maybe you don't. So the one thing I know is that you don't overthink."
Webber is sure to receive more cheers than boos tonight at Arco Arena. Counting just the history of the Kings' era in Sacramento, he ranks first in rebounds and second in points, field goals and blocks. He also was a visible figure in the community.
Webber played in his 14th game with the Sixers last night. He was coming off his best game as a Sixer, a 32-point performance Friday night in a 103-101 victory over visiting Toronto. The win improved his record as a Sixer to 8-5.
And while he acknowledged Friday's game to be a sign of progress, he remarked that his record as a Sixer "ain't too good."
"I'm used to better than 8-5 after 13 games," he said. "I will not let the expectations of the situation change my expectations.
"I don't look at [8-5] as success. I'm not even happy we're the eighth seed. I'm not used to not having home-court advantage. My expectations are never going to drop as far as for myself or for my team."