Wilt Chamberlain Rumors
FTW: Do you have any regrets about the way you went out of the game? Shaquille O’Neal: I did go out on top, but the only thing I regret is getting hurt my last year because I was on pace to pass Wilt Chamberlain [in points]. Once I passed Wilt, I was going to go on a “Shaq is the most dominant ever, I don’t want to hear about it” tour. I already passed him in championships, I just wanted to pass him in points. I know people will say, “yeah, but he averaged 50 one season,” but I scored more. That’s my only regret.
So yes, he’ll tell you, he badly wants to win the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award and considers himself deserving. And yes, with the next challenge coming Friday against the Dallas Mavericks and an ABC game at 3:30 p.m. Sunday against the Houston Rockets, he would love to keep hitting his shots at such a ridiculous rate that he tops the great Wilt Chamberlain and sets a new mark for single-season field-goal percentage (Chamberlain set the mark of 72.7% in the 1972-73 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Jordan is currently at 71.5%). But Jordan, a man of Christian faith who has scripture tattooed across his chest and a smile typically on his face, isn’t about to lose sight of what truly matters. Not with the lesson he learned by losing a friend he’ll never forget.
Levi says he doesn’t want any money from Chamberlain’s estate, which is a good thing because Pomerantz talks to Sy Goldberg, Chamberlain longtime lawyer, who says there isn’t any. What Levi does want is closure. He contacted Chamberlain’s sister, Barbara Lewis, who says she won’t give a DNA sample. Wilt’s other sister, Selina Gross, didn’t return calls.
Now, Pomerantz is writing about Wilt’s son, or someone who claims to be. Which is big news because, as far as anyone knows, Chamberlain never had children. In the March 9 issue of Sports Illustrated, Pomerantz documents Levi’s journey to find his biological parents. Levi, a 50-year-old, 6-5, printmaker and digital artist in San Francisco, was adopted in 1965 by an Oregon couple. In old side-by-side photos, he looks like a young Wilt. Pomerantz writes of Levi meeting his 76-year-old English-born birth mother in the autumn of 2010. “Elizabeth,” which is not her real name, tells Levi she is positive Wilt is his father.
Aaron Levi says the late Wilt Chamberlain is his father. The knee-jerk response is to say, “Get in line.” Wilt, after all, once boasted he’d slept with 20,000 women, so he could have conceivably (pun intended) left a gym full of offspring behind.
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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.