Webber will return to Sacramento for the first time since being traded to Philadelphia last month when the 76ers face the Kings.
Webber helped lead the Kings to their first winning record in 16 years during the strike-shortened 1999 season, his first with the team, and became the face of the small-market franchise.
“I’d rather be taken by surprise through the emotions than to play head games with myself before we get there,” Webber said after Sunday’s 96-89 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
“There’s nothing I can do till gametime. I’m an emotional person, so I know the best way for me to approach it is to just show up ready to play, see my dogs and my family and friends and be happy with that.”
Webber was averaging 21.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 46 games before the trade. However, he has had to adjust to a diminished role in Philadelphia, where the offense revolves around point guard Allen Iverson.
“It’s a different situation for Chris, and it will take some adjustment,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said. “But he’s a very adaptable player. He knows how to get the most out of what he can do, and I’m sure Philly will find the best way to use him. It just might take some time. It took us some time to figure it out.”
The 76ers are 9-6 since acquiring Webber, while the Kings are 9-8 since his departure.
The Sixers’ win on Sunday was their third straight and moved them above .500 for the first time since they were 4-3. The victory also boosted Philadelphia into a tie with Indiana for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, three games ahead of Orlando.
Iverson, who entered Sunday shooting 42.1 percent and averaging 30.5 points, shot just 2-for-20 over the first three quarters before scoring 13 of his 20 points in the fourth. He also finished with a career high-tying 15 assists.
The Kings have won three of five, but are coming off a 113-99 loss to Denver on Saturday. Peja Stojakovic scored 28 points and Cuttino Mobley added 18 for Sacramento, which is in fifth place in the West, a half-game ahead of Houston.