Wilt Chamberlain Rumors
On Saturday, Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain and is now No. 2 in NBA history for the most triple-doubles in a single season. Westbrook’s league-leading 32nd triple-double of the season puts him within 10 of Oscar Robertson’s record 41. “It doesn’t surprise any of us in this locker room,” said Oladipo, who had 22 points and four assists. “But it’s still historic, man. It’s unbelievable. I’m honored to be able to play alongside of him.”
“Just put it this way: The league is soft and these guys are sensitive, period. I was sensitive [as a player] too but I never went back at [older players]. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain never said s— to [support] me. Did I cry about it? No. Kareem said in the paper one time, when they asked him, ‘Shaq is doing great, he has numbers similar to yours, what do you think?’ His response was, ‘Well, he hasn’t won a championship yet.’ I could have gone back at him, but I didn’t. I sucked it up like a real man and was like, ‘OK, watch this.’ A lot of guys, these days, when you say anything about them they start whimpering and crying.”
Tyler Johnson knows what he would do if somebody were about to drop 100 points on his team. “You’re not getting 100 on me,” the Heat guard said. “I’m going to hard foul you. Once you start sniffing 80, I have to give you a hard one. I have to. And as a coach I’m definitely sending double, triple (teams). We’re not going to be that team for sure.”
Tyler also delicately (and respectfully) pointed out how the level of competition and the talent level 55 years ago is not quite what is it today and believes he shares a locker room with a player who has the skills today that would have been as dominant as Wilt’s back in the day. “If Hassan played back then I bet he’s get 100,” Johnson said.