Posts Tagged ‘Wilt Chamberlain’

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


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.

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

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.

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

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:

Last night in an … ending

by Micah Hart

They say all good things must come to an end (whoever they is), and last night, Kevin Love‘s impressive streak of 53 straight double doubles came to an end with his six-point, 12-rebound performance in Minnesota’s 100-77 loss at Golden State.

First and foremost, am I the only one who assumed that the streak would end for a lack of rebounds rather than points? That’s not even to say that Love is a dynamic scorer, and with full knowledge that he is a beast on the boards, but still, points are generally collected two at a time.

I am tempted to consider Love’s accomplishment a tad overblown (as the stat isn’t officially counted by the NBA and, according to Elias, Wilt Chamberlain had a 227-game streak at one point), but at the same time, if it were so easy, then how come so many of the game’s other great big men (Shaq, Tim Duncan, Patrick Ewing), could never do it?

Regardless of the historical context of Love’s 53, it’s still an impressive output, and from a guy who as recently as earlier this season WASN’T EVEN STARTING.

The streak is dead. Long live the streak.

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Remembering Wilt

by Micah Hart

In our reminiscing over the past yesterday on the Hang Time Podcast, one player we neglected to discuss in depth was Wilt Chamberlain, who died 11 years ago today. takes a look back at some of the best moments of Wilt the Stilt’s career with Sixers stat guru Harvey Pollack, who has been working in the NBA since 1946-47.

My personal favorite from the list (outside of the obvious 100-point game):

7. Wilt’s Triple Double Double: The Only One in NBA History (vs. Detroit Pistons, Feb. 2, 1968)

Harvey’s Take: “Everyone makes a big fuss out of a triple double. How about a triple double double! Wilt’s line from that game – 22 points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists.

“The 21 assists was a Sixers single-game assist mark for many years. Maurice Cheeks eventually tied it.”

“Wilt was the only player to play all 48 minutes in that game.”

A triple double double. Ridiculous. We miss you Wilt.

Read over the whole list and enjoy the trip down memory lane.

- 11 Memorable Wilt Chamberlain Performances (

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