Spud Going To Play in IdahoAP , Associated Press
Sep. 25, 1998 2:49 PM ET
BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ NBA veteran Spud Webb has signed a one-year contract to play for the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Association.
The terms were not disclosed, but the 5-foot-7, 133-pound point guard said Idaho's persistent efforts to bring Spud to the Famous Potatoes state was the main reason he agreed to sign.
``It took some convincing,'' Eric Chapman, the Stampede's director of player personnel, said Thursday. ``I think it came down to him deciding that this is what he needs to do to get back to the NBA.''
It also helped that Clay Moser, the Stampede's general manager, was an assistant coach at North Carolina State when Webb played there in the early 1980s.
But most of all the 35-year-old Dallas native wants to return for a 13th season in the NBA. Webb said he would consider offers to play overseas, although the NBA is his priority.
``It might take two weeks; it might take half a season or I might be here the whole season,'' he said. ``You never know.''
Webb is expected to report to Idaho's training camp Oct. 29.
He gained national fame by winning the NBA Slam Dunk competition in 1986. He played primarily for the Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings before bouncing around the league for two years and playing last season in Italy.
Chapman contacted Webb's agent after he was cut by Orlando last year, and head coach Russ Bergman said finally getting him signed was a big boost for the second-year CBA franchise.
``Spud will be the most exciting player to play in the CBA this year,'' Bergman said. ``Everybody knows who Spud Webb is. He's a household name.''
Chapman said name recognition was only one consideration.
``He's still a quality basketball player,'' he said, adding that the Stampede hopes to land other NBA-caliber players as the league's lockout continues and players try to earn a paycheck and keep in game shape.
``We could put the best team we ever possibly could on the floor at the beginning of the season because of the lockout,'' Chapman said. ``We're going to take advantage of this situation.''