Wilt Chamberlain Rumors
Charles Barkley: “I have told you guys the five greatest players in my opinion: Michael [Jordan], Oscar Robertson, Wilt [Chamberlain], Bill Russell and Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar]. Then it’s Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. Then LeBron is right there. I don’t understand why ya’ll are in such a hurry to move him past Tim Duncan and Kobe. Now if he wins a couple of more championships, I might move him past Kobe and Tim Duncan. You guys always talk about championships. Kobe and Tim have five. LeBron has three…LeBron is amazing. But only in the bulls— of today’s society could I say a guy is one of the eight greatest players ever and it’s an insult to him. That’s crazy. If LeBron wins a couple of more championships I will move him past Tim Duncan and Kobe.
Can you talk about initially going to the University of Kansas to play with Wilt Chamberlain and then departing quickly to the University of Illinois? Jerry Colangelo: I liked Kansas because of Wilt. So what was my choice? It was Wilt because I figured now I didn’t get the high school [championship], we got to win a NCAA championship. So I go to Kansas to play with Wilt. I get a locker next to him, get to know him … And one night we’re out having a few beers, and Wilt says, ‘I’m not coming back.’ I said, ‘What?’ This was my first semester. So I just said, ‘Dude, I came all the way out here just to play with you and you’re going to leave?’ And he signed with the Globetrotters.
Simmons thinks so, but Barkley flatly admitted that there’s nothing LeBron can ever do to change his mind and displace Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Wilt Chamberlain from his top 5 list. “I’m not going to just move him past Tim Duncan and Kobe. They didn’t just die,” Barkley said. “ But I will say this about LeBron James: I’ve never seen a man coming out of high school who has handled the success, been a great player, never got in a stitch of trouble. It’s probably been the greatest career ever.”
The Undefeated: What do you think about the 100-point game not being on film? Attles: It was in Hershey, Pennsylvania. They didn’t have lights and all those things you [need] to film the game. It wasn’t in our regular arena. It was where we had our training camp. If it had been at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, it would’ve been filmed. The Undefeated: Do you think Stephen Curry could get close to scoring 100? Attles: I just think that the defenses now would make it almost virtually impossible to score 100 points. What is the easiest way to stop a guy from scoring 100 points? Take the ball out of his hands. They’re going to send a second guy at you. [The Warriors] play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. What are they going to do? Pass the basketball.
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.