OAKLAND, Calif. -- Coach Don Nelson wants to bring free agent forward Chris Webber back to Golden State, nearly 14 years after a feud ended their first stint together.
"I hope that it happens to be quite honest with you," Nelson said Sunday before the Warriors hosted the New York Knicks. "I think our team needs it."
Webber was acquired by the Warriors in a draft-day trade with Orlando in 1993 after becoming just the second sophomore ever to be the top pick in the NBA draft. He won the Rookie of the Year award and made the playoffs in his only season in Golden State.
But Webber clashed with Nelson and demanded a trade before his second season, and was eventually dealt to Washington in November 1994 for Tom Gugliotta and three first-round picks. At the time, Webber cited unhappiness over Nelson's sometimes abrasive coaching style as a main reason for his wanting out of Golden State.
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Nelson was fired shortly after the trade, only to be brought back as Warriors coach last season. Golden State didn't make the playoffs for 12 seasons after Webber was traded, ending the drought last season. Nelson said he and Webber have talked over the years and that both men have matured since their feud more than a decade ago.
• PRO BASEBALL -- Catcher Mike Lieberthal has decided to retire after a 14-year big league career with the Phillies and Dodgers.
"I'm done," Lieberthal said on Saturday. "I decided a couple weeks after the season ended. If (the Dodgers) had picked up my option, I probably would have played one more year. But I didn't want to go anywhere else."
The 36-year-old Lieberthal, who grew up in nearby Westlake Village, played his first 13 seasons with Philadelphia before signing with the Dodgers last winter. He hit .274 with 150 homers and played in two All-Star games.
The Dodgers declined the option they had on Lieberthal for the upcoming season. Lieberthal played in 38 games last season as a backup to Russell Martin, hitting .234 in 77 at-bats.
• PRO FOOTBALL -- Mike Holovak, a longtime NFL executive who coached the Patriots to their first championship game, died a few hours before the team left for the Super Bowl. He was 88.
Holovak died in Ruskin, Fla., of complications from pneumonia, Boston College spokesman Reid Oslin said after speaking with Holovak's wife, Pauline Scudder Holovak. Holovak was a former football star and coach at Boston College.
• FIGURE SKATING -- This is as close as a rivalry can get.
Evan Lysacek won his second straight title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, though the results will show him with the same score as Johnny Weir. The two -- who have combined to win the last five U.S. crowns -- both finished with 244.77 points. But Lysacek won the free skate, and that's the tiebreaker.
Stephen Carriere, last year's world junior champion, was third with 228.06 points.