Monday 21st August 2017,
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Remembering the Fab Five…

There’s no team up to now who could replicate the famous Michigan Wolverines Fab Five… We all remember how the brash talking stereotype fab five who dominated each and every game and made collegiate basketball a breath of fresh air with their baggy shorts and first-class talent.
Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson and Jimmy King are all freshmen who stormed NCAA with a Beatles like charisma. The most watched college basketball team in NCAA history and the controversial one.
They never won any championships… And the team was covered with hullabaloos with game fixing and money laundering issues. The blue collared chips fab five players played basketball like their own playground and their breath taking talents made them an instant celebrity.
We all remember the famous Webber timeout with zero timeout left in the game. Webber was slapped with a technical foul and causes their championship game against North Carolina. Webber decided to enter the NBA draft amidst the talks and continued a long and multi million dollar NBA career. Webber was indicted with accepting an illicit loans while still in highschool and gave a period to the controversial most renowned recruiting class program of Michigan State. So what happened to the once mighty Fab Five?
Chris Webber- move on to the NBA and had a long 15 year career he started his career in Golden state and became the rookie of the year in 1993 he played on teams such as Washington Bullets, Philadelphia Sixers, Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings after a brief retirement due to injuries Webber tried to play again as a Golden State warrior but at age 35 his legs gave in and call it quits.
Jalen Rose – went on to his junior year before being drafted in the NBA. His career highlight would have been guarding Michael Jordan in two Eastern Finals conference in the NBA. He ended his career in Phoenix and became a courtside commentator for ESPN and TNT.
Juwan Howard– Joined Jalen Rose as a junior before turning pro. Juwan is currently playing at present but his playing minutes gradually decreases each year. Juwan is a good post up player and have taken his team all the way to the playoffs as a Washington Bullets playing together with Rasheed Wallace and Mark Price. Juwan’s career is derailed with injuries and a retirement is eminent coming to next season.
Ray Jackson– The only member of the Fab Five who didn’t make it to the NBA. A journeyman who found himself cut from every roster from the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons. Played in the CBA and is now retired and runs a moving company.
Jimmy King– Like Ray, Jimmy played in the CBA and fortunately for Jimmy he was able to play in the NBA with limited minutes as a Raptor in 1995 and traded to the Denver Nuggets before trying his luck in the CBA for Quad City thunder and was named MVP in 1998. Jimmy is now working as a financial advisor in Wall street.

The Michigan’s Fab five will be always remembered. But with all the hype and expectations they are just short lived. They never won any championships and neither one of them won any NBA ring. Only 3 out of the five had a career in the NBA but most of them made a career after basketball. Maybe the team was bound for greatness and maybe greatness comes in different ways… Remembering the fab five….

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]