Wilt Chamberlain Rumors
Nevertheless, if we look at just top statistical postseason tandems for any two teammates and not just those who won championships, James and Davis still rank at No. 9 overall, behind two different versions of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor (from 1961-62 and 1960-61) and four duos that featured Wilt Chamberlain when he was at his absolute peak, plus the aforementioned Shaq and Kobe and Kareem and Magic partnerships. In fairness to the old-school duos, particularly to the ones led by Bill Russell and Chamberlain after him, the NBA didn’t start recording blocks or steals until 1973-74, so they could have ranked even higher if not for that.
ESPN Stats: LeBron James joins Michael Jordan as the only players with at least 4 Finals MVP awards. James is the 1st player to win the award with 3 different teams and 4th player to win Finals MVP at age 35 or older, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Jordan
In the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ March 2 matchup against the New York Knicks in 1962, Warriors coach Frank McGuire put Ruklick in the game. With under a minute left, Chamberlain had 98 points. Ruklick got the ball as a few Knicks guarded Chamberlain, and once Chamberlain got open, Ruklick threw him the ball for the history-making basket. Chamberlain said at the time that he asked McGuire to put Ruklick in the game because he thought some of his White teammates may not want him, a Black man, to reach the success of 100 points, the Northwestern Magazine wrote.
With less than five minutes before tipoff, Chamberlain spoke up. He told the players he thought they could take Kennedy at his word. Chamberlain thought they should play. The players agreed to put it to a vote — majority rule. The room was still divided. In the end, the “play” votes narrowly beat out the “sit” votes. “I thought his talk solved the situation,” Pettit said. “I don’t remember what the vote was. There were a lot of dissenting votes. A lot of players thought we shouldn’t play it.”