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April 06, 2001|LARRY STEWART

What: "Beyond the Glory"

Where: Fox Sports Net, Sunday, 8 p.m.

This edition of the excellent new documentary series "Beyond the Glory" follows Chris Webber though his childhood in Detroit, his two years at Michigan and his ups and downs in the NBA.

A good portion is devoted to his infamous timeout in the 1993 NCAA championship game, which Michigan lost to North Carolina, 77-71. Webber called the timeout when Michigan was out of timeouts late in the game, with the Wolverines trailing by two points.

"I just remember putting my hand on my hips and saying, 'I know, God, you're not letting this happened to me right now. I know, God, you're not doing this to me right now,' " Webber says.

The documentary shows that Webber comes from a tight-knit, religious family. The oldest of five children, he was raised by a mother who worked as a special-education teacher and a father who worked the assembly line at General Motors, whenever work was available.

Webber's father, Mayce, sent Chris to an upscale suburban school, Country Day High, because of its academics, even though Chris wanted to attend Southwestern with his friend Jalen Rose.

Webber was unhappy in high school but led his team to three state championships and was named the best prep player in the nation.

Although picked first in the 1993 NBA draft, Webber's pro career got off to a bumpy start with Golden State. He never got along with his coach, Don Nelson, and was traded to the Washington Wizards. While with the Wizards in 1998, he had run-ins with the law. He was then traded to the Sacramento Kings.

"That was worse than the timeout," Webber says of the trade.

But this story has a happy ending. Webber finally found himself and has led the Kings into the playoffs.

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