Wilt Chamberlain Rumors
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.”
The Undefeated: What do you think about the 100-point game not being on film? Attles: It was in Hershey, Pennsylvania. They didn’t have lights and all those things you [need] to film the game. It wasn’t in our regular arena. It was where we had our training camp. If it had been at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, it would’ve been filmed. The Undefeated: Do you think Stephen Curry could get close to scoring 100? Attles: I just think that the defenses now would make it almost virtually impossible to score 100 points. What is the easiest way to stop a guy from scoring 100 points? Take the ball out of his hands. They’re going to send a second guy at you. [The Warriors] play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. What are they going to do? Pass the basketball.
With less than two weeks left in the regular season, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is leading the league with a field-goal percentage of 70.2%. That’s actually a slight dip from last season, when Jordan shot an NBA best 71.0%. If Jordan finishes this season strong, he’ll join Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to have two seasons with field-goal percentages above 70%. Chamberlain owns the overall record at 72.7% through the 1972-73 season.
But Shaw, who is in India to tip off NBA’s premier events the ACG-NBA Jump National Finals, is very impressed with what Curry and his boys have achieved so far. “Not taking away anything away from the fact that they are playing well and there is every possibility that they may set an NBA record if they win another 20 wins.” “But unlike the earlier days, the game today does not have dominant big men. Back in the days, there were Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar then in my time there was Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O’Neal. Now there is no big player like that and they (Warriors) can get away with playing small ball,” says Shaw.
“I had another year after that and I only had to average 10 points because I wanted to pass up Wilt Chamberlain [on the all-time scoring list],” said O’Neal. “Because I wanted to boastfully say I was the most dominant big man ever, don’t ever hear his name again [in that conversation]. “I was going to play that year and then the summer and then set up the whole Shaq Tour. But it didn’t happen that way.” O’Neal damaged his Achilles’ during the 2010-11 season, missed two months, then returned on April 3 against the Pistons, when he injured the tendon again. He played a total of 12 minutes in the Celtics’ playoff series loss to the Miami Heat and was done.