After a 13-year run with the network, Chris Webber’s time as a hoops analyst for TNT has come to an end. Per Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Webber and his longtime employer have agreed to mutually part ways, effective immediately.
Webber’s absence was noticed when TNT paired Marv Albert (who was experiencing technical difficulties) with Reggie Miller for Thursday night’s broadcast of Heat/Sixers. Miller usually provides color commentary for play-by-play partner Kevin Harlan.
Many felt Webber’s departure was inevitable with Marchand noting the 48-year-old’s employment status at TNT had been in jeopardy for some time (pulling out of March Madness at the last second probably didn’t help his case). It seems Webber, who was recently named a finalist for this year’s Basketball Hall-of-Fame class in Springfield, had been looking for a change of scenery anyway.
Webber’s abrupt exit leaves TNT in somewhat of a bind, having to mix and match announcing teams ahead of the NBA playoffs, which begin next week. We’ll see how TNT plays it, though Grant Hill and Jim Jackson would seem to be the most logical candidates to replace Webber in the booth.