HoopsHype Wilt Chamberlain rumors


February 15, 2015 Updates

Q: You enjoyed playing with Wilt? Jerry West: He was one of the most uniquely different people that I’ve ever been around in my life. I felt that at times he never felt he got the credit due him. The two of us were probably pretty easy targets, because you would think that someone of his stature would have won more than two NBA championships during his career, and it was grossly unfair how people looked at him like that. And hell, I had never won a championship playing alongside one of the truly great players who never gets his due, and that’s Elgin Baylor. I had kind of an interesting relationship with [Wilt], particularly our last year together [1972-73 season]. It was really interesting because many nights we would, unbeknownst to most people, we would go in his room or my room and have dinner, and talk about a lot of things, many of ’em not basketball related, to be honest with you. But I found him to be very introspective, also now in many ways like all of us, the insecurities that we all have sometimes as athletes. It’s easy to feel great about when you win championships. New York Post

February 7, 2015 Updates

Norm Drucker, the only NBA referee to toss Wilt Chamberlain from a game, died Friday. He was 94. Drucker's son, Jim, confirmed his father's death to the NBA. Norm Drucker worked NBA games from 1953-69, then moved to the ABA from 1969-76, also serving as that league's supervisor of officials for five years. He returned to the NBA when the leagues merged to spend one more season on the court (1976-77) before becoming the NBA's supervisor of officials until 1981. USA Today Sports

December 7, 2014 Updates

Michael Carter-Williams scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out 15 assists in the 76ers' overtime win over the Pistons. MCW has scored at least 16 points, hauled in at least seven rebounds and handed out seven or more assists in each of his last five games. Only one other player in the history of the 76ers/Nats had a streak like that. Wilt Chamberlain had three streaks like that in a 76ers uniform, with a career long of 14 consecutive games in 1967-68. ESPN.com

The sister of late local legend and NBA superstar Wilt Chamberlain said on Friday she couldn’t have been more pleased to see her brother memorialized on a United States postage stamp. “I am extremely proud to see this finally happen,” Selina Gross, said. “I’m just sorry that my parents, who raised him the loving way they did and deserved to see this day, could not be here with us. I am also proud for my siblings, we’ve lost nine of us and it’s good that I’m alive to see this.” Philadelphia Tribune

December 6, 2014 Updates

Wilt Chamberlain has accomplished another first from beyond the grave. The Stilt will be the first NBA player to be featured on a US postage stamp. This isn't the only reason this will be a special stamp. At 7'1", Chamberlain is taller than other featured celebrities. So because of that, his will be a third longer than the standard stamp. complex.com

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Durant’s streak stands as the third longest over a single season in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (80) and Oscar Robertson (46). “When I sit back after the season’s over, that’s when I’ll reflect on everything, what I’ve done, what the team’s done,” Durant said. “I’m sure I’ll appreciate it then, but now I’m just focusing on game to game and how we can get better as a group and how I can help the team get better. I was getting so many texts after every game, I’m glad that’s over with.” Oklahoman

April 7, 2014 Updates

Durant's streak surpassed Jordan's 40 in a row of 25 or more and is the longest since Oscar Robertson did it for 46 straight games in 1963-64. Wilt Chamberlain did it in all 80 regular-season games in the 1961-62 season. And Durant is totally unimpressed by his streak. "I don't really care about it," he said. "I can't wait until it's over." ESPN.com

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Sports Illustrated, perhaps trying to get back in his good graces after a bit of a rip-job last year, features Thornhill phenom Andrew Wiggins on its front cover and feature story hitting newsstands this week. The piece highlighted a proverbial Jayhawks torch being passed down to Wiggins from Wilt Chamberlain, the best player in school history and Danny Manning, who led Kansas to the 1988 national championship before going No. 1 overall in the NBA draft. Though author Luke Winn attempted to downplay the comparison angle of the piece, saying it instead just looks at three different elite freshman arriving in three different eras, the hype is off the charts for Wiggins to duplicate those feats. Wiggins, born in Vaughan to former NBAer Mitchell Wiggins and ex-Canadian track star Marita Payne-Wiggins, chose Kansas in a somewhat surprising decision, with Kentucky and Florida State expected to be the favourites to land him. Toronto Sun

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Jimmy Goldstein: As the years went by, my attachment to the Hawks waned, but my anti-Lakers sentiment became more firmly entrenched for a number of reasons. First, I usually pull for the underdog in any sports competition, and the Lakers were getting to The Finals or winning championships far too often for me. I like it when a different team becomes a title contender each year. Secondly, I didn't like it that the Lakers were able to attract so many superstars away from other teams. I like level competition, and the Lakers upset league balance with players like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, and many others leaving their teams to live in Los Angeles. (Wilt and I became good friends, and he once told me of his displeasure over my pulling for the opposition, but nothing changed.) NBA.com

May 3, 2013 Updates

Miami Heat star LeBron James is named Most Valuable Player for the fourth time, league sources confirmed Friday. James has been voted MVP for the second straight season and for the fourth time in the past five years. He'll join Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain with at least four MVP awards. ESPN.com

April 7, 2013 Updates

Only four men have won four MVP awards, and some believe they are the four greatest players ever. They are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five), Bill Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four). “Anytime I’m mentioned with the greatest players to play the game or people period, it is a wow factor because I grew up and studied those guys and watched those guys, and a few of those guys were my inspiration growing up,’’ James said. James returned after missing three games due to a hamstring strain. He was just as good as before he left, if not better. FOXSports Florida

March 31, 2013 Updates

Kobe Bryant passed Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place on the NBA's scoring list, then put on one of the best passing performances of his storied career. Bryant scored 19 points and tied a season high with 14 assists despite a nagging left foot injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers kept pace for the Western Conference's final playoff spot by outlasting the Sacramento Kings 103-98 on Saturday night. "My foot's (messed) up, but other than that, I feel great," he said, chuckling. USA Today Sports

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