Former player Tim Legler still wonders 'what if' about 90s Bullets teams with Chris Webber

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Over two decades later, Tim Legler can't help but shake his head when he recalls the Bullets teams he played on in the 1990s and the promise that was never fulfilled. 

Legler was there with Chris Webber and Juwan Howard, including the 1996-97 team that went to the playoffs and lost to Michael Jordan's Bulls. And he was also there to see Webber traded to the Kings, Rasheed Wallace traded to the Blazers and Ben Wallace to the Magic.

Legler still wonders what could have been, as he explained on the 'Wizards Talk' podcast:

"It's hard to recover from that," he said. "Trades like that that don't pan out can set your organization back years. I think that's what happened really with the case of the Bullets/Wizards at that time. They've had some competitive teams since, but we were poised to be a breakthrough team that could have potentially made some deep playoff runs and we never were given the opportunity."

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The Bullets trading Rasheed Wallace after only one year in Washington has stuck with Legler the most.

"They gave up on him too soon," he said. "One of the most talented big men I had ever seen... He was a very emotional guy. He got a lot of technicals that year and had a reputation he was starting to develop with NBA officials. I think the organization was wondering if they were ever going to be able to get him under control emotionally. It was such a premature calculation because he was so young and so talented. Clearly he was going to mature."

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Rasheed Wallace, of course, later teamed up with Ben Wallace to win a championship in Detroit. Webber made five All-NBA teams.

The rest, well, you know the rest.

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Former player Tim Legler still wonders 'what if' about 90s Bullets teams with Chris Webber originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington