WILT CHAMBERLAIN (1936-1999)

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PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL AND VOLLEYBALL PLAYER


PERSONAL DATA:

Wilt Chamberlain
Nicknames:  "Wilt the Stilt" and "The Big Dipper"
Born: 8/21/36
Died: 10/12/99
College: Kansas
Drafted by: Philadelphia Warriors, 1959
NBA: 1959-1973 (14 years) 
Volleyballer: 1969-1999
Height: 7-1
Weight: 275 lbs.
NBA CAREER STATISTICS
G FG% FT% Rebs RPG Asts APG Pts PPG
1045 .540 .511 23924 22.9 4643 4.4 31419 30.1

VOLLEYBALL

    "I assume that most people know that I'm a volleyballer of some renown. In fact, for a long time, volleyball became as big a part of my life as basketball once was. I helped start an international league of players from around the world, even behind the Iron Curtain (when there was an Iron Curtain). The volleyball organization was called the IVA (International Volleyball Association). I was president of the league, a team owner, and the star player. One of my most cherished feats was being chosen MVP in all All-Star volleyball game that was nationally televised by NBC."

    "I started playing volleyball very late in my athletic career, around the age thirty-three of thirty-four, but I became quite proficient. It's a highly skilled and very fast-paced game. Being able to hold my own against the best in the world, on the beach or indoors, is something I am very proud of."

    - Wilt Chamberlain, "A View From Above", 1991


    From Pat Powers, 1984 Olympic Volleyball Gold Medalist, 10/14/99 -

    A lot has been written about Wilt the last several days here in So Cal. He is receiving more attention now than he has for the last fifteen years--he would have preferred it this way, Wilt was never one for the spotlight off the court.

    Here are two stories that I just attached names to yesterday:

    One day big Wilty (a notorious card cheater) was playing a game off VB down at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica. To say Wilty was competitve in all sports would be a minor understatement. An argument broke out over the correct score and Wilty was not giving ground to anybody on the court. One of the players, Amon Lucky, made the mistake of stepping under the net to further the point, when Wilty picked him up and threw him over the net!!! Now understand the "Amer" weighs something on the order of 225lbs, so the rumor is Wilty "taped"him on the throw over. needless to say Wilty won the argument, and if memory serves me correct, the game.

    Wilty was one of the strongest guys I have ever seen. I once was sitting on the steel fence at Rosecrans taking in the Rosecrans open with Wilt and several cohorts back in the late 70's. A player from Muscle Beach was standing beneath us and told us he was going to walk around so he could come join us up on the rail. Wilty told him there was "no no reason to walk," and reached down and picked him up by one arm and hoisted him over the bar. Mike weighed ~240lbs!!!

    I have been around some athletes in my day. But nobody and I mean nobody was stronger than Wilty. He was a man's man!!!

    I haven't seen him in recent years, but I am sure everybody who hung with the big guy at Sorrento, Muscle and State Beach will miss him.....

    PP


BASKETBALL

    NBA 1959-1973 (14 years)

    Chamberlain led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA championship in 1967 and in 1972 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Chamberlain's titanic head-to-head duels with legendary Boston Celtics center Bill Russell is considered one of the greatest rivalries in sports history. Those Boston teams won 11 NBA titles in 13 years that overlapped the Chamberlain era and the Celtics dynasty came to symbolize great team play.

    Chamberlain remains the only NBA player to average over 50 points per game for an entire season, which he accomplished in 1961-62 when he scored 50.4 a game. He is also second third and fourth on that list before Michael Jordan sneaks in with a 37.1 points per game season.

    His most famous feat came March 2, 1962 when he scored 100 points in a single game.

    Four times in his 14-year career he was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player (1959-60, 65-66, 66-67, 67-68) and won MVP honors in the 1972 NBA Finals when he helped the Lakers triumph over the New York Knicks.

    Chamberlain led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA championship in 1967 and in 1972 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Chamberlain won seven scoring titles in a row from 1959-60, his rookie season, and averaged 30.1 points a game for his career -- still second only to Jordan. He also won 11 NBA rebounding titles.

    When he retired in 1973, he was the league's all-time leader in both scoring (31,419 points) and rebounding (23,924). He still holds the rebounding mark and is second to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in total points.


BOOKS

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Who's Running the Asylum? Inside the Insane World of Sports Today
Who's Running the Asylum? Inside the Insane World of Sports Today
by Wilt Chamberlain, 1997
A View from Above
A View from Above
by Wilt Chamberlain, 1991



OUT OF PRINT

Wilt: Just Like Any Other 7-Foot Black Millionaire Who Lives Next Door
by Wilt Chamberlain and David Shaw, 1973


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