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'The Fab Five' is fabulous

FILE - In this file photo taken November

FILE - In this file photo taken November 1991, Michigan's Fab Five from left, Jimmy King, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Ray Jackson pose in Ann Arbor, Mich. Credit: AP

I just watched ESPN's documentary, "The Fab Five," which premieres Sunday night, and thought it was excellent.

The two-hour commitment is worth your time if you have an interest in the team, in the era and/or in the history of baggy shorts.

Jalen Rose is listed as an executive producer and is quoted extensively. Three of his fellow Fab Fivers are producers and also are interviewed. Chris Webber declined to participate.

The film has particularly meaning for me because I covered Michigan's entire six-game NCAA Tournament run in 1992 and four of its six games in '93, including the Final Four in New Orleans.

I won't bore you with my personal memories, other than that I wrote a sidebar on Webber during the final against North Carolina and was told to send it in the moment the game ended.

Hence there was a mention of Webber calling a timeout Michigan didn't have . . . in the very last sentence of the story.

Speaking of that timeout, the segment of the documentary on it is riveting.

The aging Fab Fivers also do a good job asserting their place in college hoops history.

Rose challenges the viewer to name recent NCAA champions, or to name the starting five for the North Carolina team won the '93 final over the Fab Five.

(Hint: I covered two of them in high school for New York Newsday during their city Catholic league days.)

And Juwan Howard says that even though he still is in the NBA and plays alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, people rarely identify him as a member of the Miami Heat.

They still think of him primarily as a member of the Fab Five.

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