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Fab Five hope for Final Four reunion
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 3, 2013 @ 8:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Mark Snyder, USA TODAY Sports
The last time Jimmy King thought about a Final Four like this, he was in a bunker.
Twenty years ago, the 1993 Michigan team, with King as a sophomore, was isolated, preparing to play the national semifinal against Kentucky.
For the past few days, since the latest group of Wolverines locked up their Final Four spot, King has imagined it from a different angle.
“The tip-off — I’m sure it will be the tip-off,” he said of Saturday night, around 8:49 p.m., when the Wolverines faces Syracuse in the Georgia Dome, with a shot at Louisville or Wichita State on Monday night. “I’ve played this in my head for the past couple days. The only thing that keeps flashes in my mind, waiting for the game to begin is to be in that atmosphere and witness it from a different perspective than when I was a player.”
He plans to be sitting with his former teammate from 1993, Ray Jackson, and imagining when they were among the Fab Five in their second straight Final Four.
Though the other three may not join them on Saturday – Jalen Rose may have ESPN NBA responsibilities in Los Angeles over the weekend, Juwan Howard is still playing with the Miami Heat and King didn’t know about Chris Webber’s plans – he has hope that all could reunite for Monday’s title game if the Wolverines are there.
“I think it would be great to see us all together again for the first time in that type of stage after 20 years and the first time all five of us been together in 10 years,” he said.
The two decades since their appearance has whet the appetite for the entire fan base but also those former players.
“Really, it’s been so long it never really crossed my mind until the past couple of days and I was like, I should get a ticket,” said King, who quickly called Jackson to fulfill their promise that when Michigan returned, they’d be there to see it. “It’s exciting to be a part of this and to watch them have their fun. Your alma mater again and … [For more on Two of Michigan's Fab Five hoping for Final Four reunion, click here.]
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