Wilt Chamberlain Rumors
The performance was the fifth-highest scoring output in Celtics franchise history (counting the postseason). Thomas is just the seventh Celtic to reach the 50-point plateau. Larry Bird, it should be noted, did it four times. Thomas’ 29 fourth-quarter points were just two shy of the NBA’s all-time record for fourth-quarter points: 31, set by Wilt Chamberlain during his 100-point game.
James is tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the third-most MVPs in league history with four. A reporter suggested that James could enter into even more elite company with a fifth. “So, I’m not elite?” James quipped. Another reporter gave it back to James, arguing that of course he knows the names of the people who have won five. “I do,” James admitted.
Charles Barkley: “I have told you guys the five greatest players in my opinion: Michael [Jordan], Oscar Robertson, Wilt [Chamberlain], Bill Russell and Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar]. Then it’s Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. Then LeBron is right there. I don’t understand why ya’ll are in such a hurry to move him past Tim Duncan and Kobe. Now if he wins a couple of more championships, I might move him past Kobe and Tim Duncan. You guys always talk about championships. Kobe and Tim have five. LeBron has three…LeBron is amazing. But only in the bulls— of today’s society could I say a guy is one of the eight greatest players ever and it’s an insult to him. That’s crazy. If LeBron wins a couple of more championships I will move him past Tim Duncan and Kobe.
Can you talk about initially going to the University of Kansas to play with Wilt Chamberlain and then departing quickly to the University of Illinois? Jerry Colangelo: I liked Kansas because of Wilt. So what was my choice? It was Wilt because I figured now I didn’t get the high school [championship], we got to win a NCAA championship. So I go to Kansas to play with Wilt. I get a locker next to him, get to know him … And one night we’re out having a few beers, and Wilt says, ‘I’m not coming back.’ I said, ‘What?’ This was my first semester. So I just said, ‘Dude, I came all the way out here just to play with you and you’re going to leave?’ And he signed with the Globetrotters.
Simmons thinks so, but Barkley flatly admitted that there’s nothing LeBron can ever do to change his mind and displace Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Wilt Chamberlain from his top 5 list. “I’m not going to just move him past Tim Duncan and Kobe. They didn’t just die,” Barkley said. “ But I will say this about LeBron James: I’ve never seen a man coming out of high school who has handled the success, been a great player, never got in a stitch of trouble. It’s probably been the greatest career ever.”