Wilt Chamberlain Rumors

So folks listen when Hill makes comparisons to the all-time greats. On Saturday night, the 76ers executive advisor and founder of the Sonny Hill League compared Joel Embiid to arguably the best player ever. Hill marveled over the rotation and soft touch on the Sixers center’s shot long before he played in his first NBA game. “I said to him, ‘You’ve got a chance to be a young Wilt Chamberlain,’ ” the 81-year-old said. “I’ve never ever told that to anybody before.
As the godfather of Philadelphia hoops scene, Sonny Hill has come in contact with a lot of dominant players during his 60-plus years of involvement in basketball. So folks listen when Hill makes comparisons to the all-time greats. On Saturday night, the 76ers executive advisor and founder of the Sonny Hill League compared Joel Embiid to arguably the best player ever. Hill marveled over the rotation and soft touch on the Sixers center’s shot long before he played in his first NBA game. “I said to him, you got a chance to be a young Wilt Chamberlain,” the 81-year-old said. “I’ve never ever told that to anybody before.
Who caused the Big Dipper to lose his composure? Clyde Lovellette. The former University of Kansas forward established a notorious reputation during his 11 seasons in the NBA, Meschery insisted. “He was a mean son of a bitch,” he said of Lovellette, “and always was, and dirty. I mean a truly dirty (expletive) player. I really disliked him . . . “Anyway, Clyde threw one too many elbows at Wilt, and Wilt knocked him out with one punch. And the punch traveled no more than one foot maybe at most. It was just a jab, but the fiercest jab I ever saw.”
Meschery started throwing punches at the 216-cm Wilt, a scene described in Sports Illustrated as “like right out of a comic book.” I asked Meschery if he agreed with that description. “It was,” he says now. “Looking back at it, I don’t think I was thinking that at the time, but as I was being interviewed and as I’ve kind of come to think of it all my life as . . . it was like a comic book. “Wilt was literally holding my head. I was trying to hit him and I was of course moving towards him, and so my forward motion was impeded by his hand. So he had his hand on my forehead, so imagine the pictures. “His hand on my forehead and me wildly swinging and because of course his arm was so long I couldn’t hit him,” Meschery added with a chuckle. “He had a little sort of chagrin smile on his face (as if to say), ‘Really, are you kidding me?’ But I thought I was being very brave.”