If you're A.I.'s valet, be the best one you can be

The Big Redhead discusses, among other things, Chris Webber's need for an attitude adjustment with the 76ers.

Updated: March 21, 2005, 7:36 AM ET
By Bill Walton | ESPN Insider
It's safe to say that one week after being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, the honeymoon is officially over for Chris Webber. The Sixers are getting pounded right now by everybody, including the Golden State Warriors, and with only 20 or so more games remaining, a tremendous sense of urgency is swirling over this proud and important NBA franchise.

To keep this lilting ship from sinking, the responsibility to change falls squarely on Webber. For the first time in his career, he's the lower-level player on his team, and it's his duty and obligation to do whatever it takes. Webber now assumes the role of Allen Iverson's valet. In the end, if it doesn't work, Iverson ultimately will be held accountable, as he was for the Olympic collapse. That's the burden of being the best.

But the 76ers need Webber to make some sort of positive contribution right now for this team to step up the ladder.

Webber can whine and complain all he wants about the fans being tough in Philadelphia, but fans everywhere are tough. Heck, he was even booed in Sacramento, where the Kings' fans are about as kind and loyal as it gets. All fans want one thing and that's supreme effort and an athlete playing his best, because a player's best is always good enough.

ESPN.com NBA Insider and Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton will again serve as a game analyst for ESPN's NBA telecasts. He joined ESPN and ABC Sports' in their inaugural season of NBA coverage in 2002.

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