Webber reaches out with collection of African-American art, artifacts

Updated: February 26, 2008, 4:00 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

He certainly never envisioned a collection. That's the first thing. Chris Webber was a young athlete with some money and an interest in cultural history that was slowly gaining traction in his mind, and what's a millionaire to do in between NBA seasons? Webber bought himself a little art.

"I just thought I was going to put it in the hallway of my house," Webber said recently, chuckling at the thought. "My friends were like, 'You're corny. You're a nerd.' I thought no one would ...

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