Wilt Chamberlain Rumors
At 32 years old, James will be the youngest player to reach 50,000 career minutes. Kobe Bryant was 33 when he reached this threshold, and the next-youngest was Wilt Chamberlain, who reached 50,000 at 35 years old. Although James has sat out regular-season games, he has played 77.2 percent of all possible minutes in his career. That’s a higher percentage than Michael Jordan (74.7 percent) and Bryant (65.1 percent).
Sears led the Knicks in scoring for two seasons, averaging 18.6 points per game in 1957-58 and 21.0 in 1958-59. He was chosen as an All-Star in 1958 and 1959, and twice led the N.B.A. in field-goal percentage, shooting .490 in the 1958-59 season and .477 in the next. But the Knicks struggled during the mid- and late 1950s, and Sears’s only playoff appearance with the team was in 1959, when it lost in the first round to the Syracuse Nationals. “Playing a team like Boston, who we played, like, a dozen times, we just couldn’t compete with them,” Sears said in an article on the Knicks’ website in 2015. “And then when Chamberlain came in the league, we were nowhere.”