Posts Tagged ‘Wilt Chamberlain’

Throwback Thursday: NBA Statues


VIDEO: The Starters: Dominique Wilkins Statue

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: NBA Statues

The Atlanta Hawks will immortalize legendary forward Dominique Wilkins with a statue unveiling at Phillips Arena on Saturday. Wilkins was a 9-time All-Star and averaged 26.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals during his 12 seasons with the Hawks.

As Atlanta prepares to set Wilkins’ history in stone, this Throwback Thursday, we look back at other NBA legends who have been immortalized through statue.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: NBA Statues

Which NBA statue do you like best? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Wilt Chamberlain traded


VIDEO: Relive Wilt Chamberlain’s early days in life and the NBA

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Wilt Chamberlain gets traded

In the modern NBA, virtually no player is untradeable. That belief was true, too, in the early days of the NBA — even for a future Hall of Famer like Wilt Chamberlain.

Despite being named both Rookie of the Year and MVP in his first NBA season (1959-60) with the then-Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors, Chamberlain found himself on the trading block. In the middle of the 1964-65 season — one that would result in the first of three straight NBA MVPs for Chamberlain — he was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 15, 1965 for Connie Dierking, Paul Neumann, Lee Shaffer and cash.

Today, we take a look back at the career of Chamberlain and his myriad of accomplishments as well.

Gallery: Wilt Chamberlain’s career

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Throwback Thursday: All-time points leaders


VIDEO: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sets the NBA’s all-time scoring mark

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Points Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time scoring leaders.

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Gallery: TBT: All-time scoring leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-time rebounds leaders
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders
All-time blocks leaders

Which of these players would you most want to clean up your misses? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: All-time rebounds leaders


VIDEO: Moses Malone career retrospective

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Rebounds Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time rebounds leaders.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: All-time rebounds leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders
All-time blocks leaders

Which of these players would you most want to clean up your misses? Leave your comments below!

The ultimate Wilt Chamberlain mix tape

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I am not old enough to have ever seen Wilt Chamberlain play basketball. I’ve seen footage, and I’ve heard stories, sure, but it’s all been bits and pieces.

Well, someone has decided to remedy that, and they put together this 45-minute long video that supposedly includes footage of every known Wilt Chamberlain basket from every level (high school, college, pro) that was caught on film. Keep in mind, however, that most of Wilt’s points were not filmed — so this only represents about 2 percent of the points Wilt scored. Still, this is pretty amazing, and some of the stats and numbers that get talked about here are mind-boggling…


VIDEO: Wilt Scouting Tape

(via SI.com)

Throwback Thursday: Three-Time MVPs


VIDEO: Best Small Forwards: Larry Bird

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Three-time MVPs

On May 29, 1987, the Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird won his third straight NBA Most Valuable Player award. He became just the third player to ever accomplish this feat, joining legends Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.

To honor Bird’s incredible run, this Throwback Thursday we look back at the nine players who have won three or more MVP awards.

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Gallery: TBT: Three-time MVPs

Who’s your favorite of these MVPs? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: 60-Plus Point Games


VIDEO: LeBron lights up Bobcats for 61 points

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s TBT topic: Players to score 60+ points in a game

LeBron James became the 22nd player to score 60 or more points in a game earlier this week when he erupted for 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats.

However, James’ high-scoring affair wasn’t the first time someone went for 60-plus points in March, as Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Rick Barry, Tom Chambers and Tracy McGrady all accomplished the feat in the past, too.

This week’s Throwback Thursday honors these players, as well as 11 others, who have scored more than 60 points in a game.

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Gallery: Throwback Thursday: 60+ Scorers

Which of these performances was the most impressive? Leave your comments below!

Does Video Exist Of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-Point Game?

Golden State Warriors  v Philadelphia 76ers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The greatest single-game scoring performance in NBA history is Wilt Chamberlain‘s 100-point night, when the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the New York Knicks, 169-147, in a game played in Hershey, PA. But like many of the older bits of NBA history, this game exists only on paper — there was no video recorded of Wilt’s unbelievable night.

Or was there? In an interview this weekend with The 700 Level, University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner mentioned some incredible details. Pastner noted that his father, Hal, apparently video taped Wilt’s historic night…

“My father was the ball boy for the 76ers for many, many years, and he and Wilt Chamberlain were very close. … And Wilt Chamberlain always felt somebody was trying to get him on timeouts with assassination through drinking. And he drank 7-Up or Sprite, one of the two. And my dad always had to taste it before Wilt — He made my father drink it before [he] would taste it to make sure my dad didn’t conk out. But Wilt took care of my father. They always went around. Like my dad said, he never had a front seat; Wilt sat in the back when he was driving because his legs were so long.

“And in fact, my father and his father taped the game reel-to-reel in the second quarter when it was in Hershey, Pennsylvania in the 100-point game. They started when he had like 30-something; they thought it was going to be a special night. They gave it to Wilt — the 100-point game — and Wilt gave it back to my dad and my dad’s dad. He gave it back to them, they boxed it up, and he’s still trying to find it. He’s got all kinds of boxes, and he doesn’t know if he lost it. He’s trying to find the sucker. … I mean he’s got jerseys of Wilt, pictures.”

Until his Dad finds the tape, though, we’re still missing a big chunk of NBA history.

(via TNLP)


VIDEO: NBA TV’s ‘Wilt 100′ examines the truths and mysteries behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game

Wilt Chamberlain on Wilt Chamberlain


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Wilt Chamberlain retired from the NBA in 1973, before I was even born, so I never had the chance to see the Big Dipper play. But a few years ago when I was working at SLAM, as we were putting together our list of the 500 greatest players of all-time, I started digging into Wilt’s statistics, and the numbers were just astonishing. (No, not that number.)

I know there is context that needs to be factored in — pace of play, the relative size of the League at the time — but still, the digits Wilt compiled were nothing short of staggering. He never averaged less than 18 rebounds a game for his career. One season he averaged over 48 minutes per game. That same season, he averaged 50 points per game. His first decade in the NBA he averaged at least 20 points and rebounds per game. We heard a story passed down from the Philly playgrounds where Wilt grew up about a dunk he could do: He would hold the ball in one arm up against his elbow, clinched between his forearm and bicep, then jump up way above the rim and using his other arm, punch the ball down through the rim.

The argument against Wilt’s greatness was always that he was just Goliath, that it was his height that made him dominant. Which is why I found the video below so fascinating: Here’s four minutes of very self-aware conversation with Wilt, animated by PBS Digital’s Blank on Blank project. And right away, Wilt addresses the notion that he was only great because of his size.

Fascinating stuff:

(via @TeamZiller)

Twitter Reacts: Taylor’s 138-Point Outburst

By Jeff Case

In case you missed it, Grinnell College’s Jack Taylor went off last night, scoring an NCAA-record 138 points in the Pioneers’ 179-104 win over Faith Baptist College. The nitty-gritty details on Taylor’s big night were as follows:

  • Taylor scored 58 of his 138 points by halftime, passing the NCAA Division III record of 89 set last season by teammate Griffin Lentsch.
  • Set NCAA records for field goals (52), field goal attempts (108), 3-pointers made (27) and 3-pointers attempted (71). For a little perspective on the 3-pointers, shooters in the All-Star Weekend’s 3-Point Contest attempt 30 3-pointers per round … so Taylor essentially shot roughly the equivalent of 2 1/2 circuits in the 3-Point Contest.
  • Taylor broke Clarence “Bevo” Francis‘ (we all remember him, don’t we?) record of 113 points that he set back in 1954 as a member of Division II Rio Grande.
  • Taylor surpassed the 100-point mark with 8:55 left in the second half and officially broke Francis’ record with 4:42 remaining off a 3-pointer.

NBA-wise, the two highest scoring efforts ever put forth were by Wilt Chamberlain (100 points vs. the Knicks on March 2, 1962) and Kobe Bryant (81 points vs. the Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006). Once word of Taylor’s exploits spread across social media, NBAers were abuzz and sounded off. Here are some of the best responses around:

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