Wilt Chamberlain Rumors
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.
A gifted athlete with an entertainer’s hunger for the spotlight, Lemon, who dreamed of playing for the Globetrotters as a boy in North Carolina, joined the team in 1954, not long after leaving the Army. Within a few years, he had assumed the central role of showman, taking over from Reece Tatum, whom everyone called Goose, the Trotters’ long-reigning clown prince. Tatum was a superb ballplayer whose on-court gags — or reams, as the players called them — had established the team’s reputation for laugh-inducing wizardry at a championship level. This was a time, however, when the Trotters were known not merely for their comedy routines and basketball legerdemain; they were also a formidable competitive team. Their victory over the Minneapolis Lakers in 1948 was instrumental in integrating the National Basketball Association, and a decade later their owner, Abe Saperstein, signed a 7-footer out of the University of Kansas to a one-year contract before he was eligible for the N.B.A.: Wilt Chamberlain.