HoopsHype Wilt Chamberlain rumors

April 11, 2014 Updates
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Durant’s streak stands as the third longest over a single season in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (80) and Oscar Robertson (46). “When I sit back after the season’s over, that’s when I’ll reflect on everything, what I’ve done, what the team’s done,” Durant said. “I’m sure I’ll appreciate it then, but now I’m just focusing on game to game and how we can get better as a group and how I can help the team get better. I was getting so many texts after every game, I’m glad that’s over with.” Oklahoman

April 7, 2014 Updates

Durant's streak surpassed Jordan's 40 in a row of 25 or more and is the longest since Oscar Robertson did it for 46 straight games in 1963-64. Wilt Chamberlain did it in all 80 regular-season games in the 1961-62 season. And Durant is totally unimpressed by his streak. "I don't really care about it," he said. "I can't wait until it's over." ESPN.com

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Sports Illustrated, perhaps trying to get back in his good graces after a bit of a rip-job last year, features Thornhill phenom Andrew Wiggins on its front cover and feature story hitting newsstands this week. The piece highlighted a proverbial Jayhawks torch being passed down to Wiggins from Wilt Chamberlain, the best player in school history and Danny Manning, who led Kansas to the 1988 national championship before going No. 1 overall in the NBA draft. Though author Luke Winn attempted to downplay the comparison angle of the piece, saying it instead just looks at three different elite freshman arriving in three different eras, the hype is off the charts for Wiggins to duplicate those feats. Wiggins, born in Vaughan to former NBAer Mitchell Wiggins and ex-Canadian track star Marita Payne-Wiggins, chose Kansas in a somewhat surprising decision, with Kentucky and Florida State expected to be the favourites to land him. Toronto Sun

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Jimmy Goldstein: As the years went by, my attachment to the Hawks waned, but my anti-Lakers sentiment became more firmly entrenched for a number of reasons. First, I usually pull for the underdog in any sports competition, and the Lakers were getting to The Finals or winning championships far too often for me. I like it when a different team becomes a title contender each year. Secondly, I didn't like it that the Lakers were able to attract so many superstars away from other teams. I like level competition, and the Lakers upset league balance with players like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, and many others leaving their teams to live in Los Angeles. (Wilt and I became good friends, and he once told me of his displeasure over my pulling for the opposition, but nothing changed.) NBA.com

May 3, 2013 Updates

Miami Heat star LeBron James is named Most Valuable Player for the fourth time, league sources confirmed Friday. James has been voted MVP for the second straight season and for the fourth time in the past five years. He'll join Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain with at least four MVP awards. ESPN.com

April 7, 2013 Updates

Only four men have won four MVP awards, and some believe they are the four greatest players ever. They are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five), Bill Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four). “Anytime I’m mentioned with the greatest players to play the game or people period, it is a wow factor because I grew up and studied those guys and watched those guys, and a few of those guys were my inspiration growing up,’’ James said. James returned after missing three games due to a hamstring strain. He was just as good as before he left, if not better. FOXSports Florida

March 31, 2013 Updates

Kobe Bryant passed Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place on the NBA's scoring list, then put on one of the best passing performances of his storied career. Bryant scored 19 points and tied a season high with 14 assists despite a nagging left foot injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers kept pace for the Western Conference's final playoff spot by outlasting the Sacramento Kings 103-98 on Saturday night. "My foot's (messed) up, but other than that, I feel great," he said, chuckling. USA Today Sports

Now, Bryant trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928) and Michael Jordan (32,292). Bryant had passed former teammate Shaquille O'Neal last season to occupy the No. 5 spot. "I just want No. 6, man," Bryant said, referring to his championship count, when asked where he wanted to finish on the all-time scoring list when he retires. "I'm not asking for too much, man. Just give me a sixth ring, damn it." ESPN.com

Even with the pressure of a playoff race, Bryant was all smiles in a cramped quarter of Sacramento's visiting locker room. He had met Chamberlain when he was about 8 years old in Philadelphia and long held the Lakers legend in higher esteem than some milestones he's reached because of the franchise connection. "He was like Conan the Barbarian," Bryant said. "That was the most impressive thing to me. He was just a warm-hearted gentleman." USA Today Sports

February 15, 2013 Updates

His favorite All-Star moments? "Meeting Wilt Chamberlain in Cleveland [1997], Kobe's first All-Star Game in New York ['98], '03 in Atlanta because it was close to home and I had a bunch of friends and family that I hadn't seen, Jordan's last All-Star Game -- those are some of the ones that stand out," Garnett said. CBSSports.com

October 24, 2012 Updates

Three weeks later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stopped by the suite at L’Ermitage and formally welcomed Howard into the pantheon of Lakers centers. Abdul-Jabbar showed Howard a championship ring and gave him a jersey. “He told me I had athleticism like Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell,” Howard says. “He said, ‘You’ve put in a lot of work for the last eight years, you’ve sowed your seeds, and now it’s time to reap the benefits.’ ” When Abdul-Jabbar left, Howard wept, and not simply because he’d gained the acceptance he always sought. “With everything I was going through, all the pain,” Howard says, “I was just so happy someone understood how hard I had worked.” SI.com

August 23, 2012 Updates

Wilt Chamberlain’s birthday was August 21st. He would have been 76 this year. Wilt Chamberlain once claimed to have had sex with 20,000 women – a very exact number that was probably accurate at that time. Ever wonder how many women he would have had to have slept with to make that number true? I’ve racked my brain and can’t come up with anything, but luckily The Atlantic did the math for us. If Wilt started at the age of 15, from then up to the age of 55 (when the book was published) he would have had 40 years to sleep with 20,000 women, or 500 different women a year-easy math. That works out to roughly 1.4 women a day. The Big Lead

March 3, 2012 Updates

The 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game is not only an occasion to remember the accomplishment, but also the man. What better way to reflect on Chamberlain’s signature moment than through the eyes of his friend and most bitter rival? So I called Bill Russell, the 11-time champion of the Celtics, and asked if he’d be so kind as to share his thoughts about the occasion 50 years ago Friday. I’ll provide his response, followed by the context. The response from Russell: “Not really.” “Is it a bad time, or is it a topic you don’t really want to talk about?” “A little of both,” he said. And that was that. I apologized for the intrusion and wished Russell the best. “No intrusion,” Russell said. “And thank you.” CBSSports.com

I shared the conversation with Sy Goldberg, Chamberlain’s longtime friend and attorney. On the phone from Los Angeles, Goldberg was neither surprised nor particularly offended by Russell’s reaction. “There was a love-hate relationship between these two guys,” Goldberg said. Let it be noted that Russell, who turned 78 last month, harbors no grudges or animosity toward Chamberlain – nothing different than they ever did, anyway. Goldberg said in the old days, the NBA used to schedule the Sixers and Celtics on Thanksgiving Day, and when the game was in Philadelphia, Russell was a guest at casa de Chamberlain for Thanksgiving dinner. “Russell was there all the time,” Goldberg said. “They were close friends.” CBSSports.com

During the pregame warm-ups, the fourth-quarter radio broadcast of the 1962 game was played over the public-address system. Philadelphia managing owner Joshua Harris and Warriors owner Joe Lacob made a pregame presentation, and members of Chamberlain's family were honored at halftime. "As a basketball junkie, I'm well aware of what Wilt meant to the game," Jackson said. "I'm shocked that when we talk about the greatest ever, we don't automatically include him in the conversation. When you average 50 (points) and 25 (rebounds) for a season and do some of the things that he was able to do for his career, it's mind-boggling. "I would much rather have him starting for me." San Francisco Chronicle

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