Posted: 12:22 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013
We finally watched the Fab Five documentary, now on Netflix, and we found it pretty entertaining if sad in spots. Chris Webber comes off, in particular, as less than admirable. He said once that his mother urged him not to hide his light under a bushel, advice he failed to take. He’s a very intelligent man who made some bad decisions and then compounded them.
At the end, the Fab Four (Webber did not participate) said their legacy was better than many who won titles.
Maybe, but they’ll never know: only Juwan Howard has ever won anything and that was last season with the Heat as an ancient veteran – and ironically, partly due to the presence of not just LeBron James but Shane Battier, who attended Webber’s high school before coming to Duke.
The other recommendation, also featuring a brief cameo by Howard, was Benji, about Ben Wilson,like Howard a phenom from Chicago.
He was a brilliant talent who was gunned down in his senior year.
The story is largely told by his older brother and friends, including Howard and high school teammate R. Kelly.
The most amazing part of this movie is Howard’s remarkable mother. Her strength just breaks your heart. She is stoic, we are told, until the very end, when they are about to lower her son into the grave. She asks to open the casket for one last look: only then does she crack.
It’s a tremendous film and one we really recommend.
The other remarkable thing is that they interview the guy who shot him. Out of prison now and making something positive of his life, he talks about how his grandfather told him to never pull a gun unless he intended to use it, of being horrified that he took a life.
This film is a real accomplishment. It’s a shame that Thomas died so young. Basketball aside, he had enormous potential.