With contract expiring, Chris Webber, TNT to part ways before NBA playoffs

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One notable NBA analyst won't be on playoff broadcasts this year.

Chris Webber will not have his contract renewed and is leaving Turner Sports ahead of the NBA playoffs that begin next week, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person was granted anonymity because the move is not yet official.

The New York Post first reported the news Thursday night.

The five-time All-NBA star who rose to fame during college as part of the Michigan Wolverines' "Fab Five" in the early 1990s, Webber has been a broadcast analyst with Turner Sports since 2008, when his playing career ended.

Webber, 48, had been on the network's top broadcast team with legendary play-by-play man Marv Albert, whose contract is also up after this season. Albert will still call playoff games this postseason.

Former NBA player Chris Webber participates in a sports and activism panel in San Jose, California in 2017.
Former NBA player Chris Webber participates in a sports and activism panel in San Jose, California in 2017.

For TNT's final regular season broadcast Thursday between the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers, Webber was not on the call alongside Albert.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chris Webber leaving TNT ahead of 2021 NBA playoffs