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76 Facts About Wilt Chamberlain
8. Wilt Chamberlain played occasional matches for the IVA Seattle Smashers before the league folded in 1979.
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14. Wilt Chamberlain is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season.
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16. Wilt Chamberlain had thrown down 67 on New York the previous Sunday, and with Knicks starting center Phil Jordon back at the hotel hung over and sick with the flu, it was clear early on that Wilt was going to post another big number.
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17. Wilt Chamberlain averaged 48.5 minutes per game —if you're scratching your head now, yes, NBA games are only 48 minutes long.
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18. Wilt Chamberlain took a pass from Warriors guard Joe Ruklick, who played only eight minutes off the bench, and scored his final two points with 46 seconds left to the delight of the fans in attendance.
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21. Wilt Chamberlain holds numerous NBA all-time records in scoring, rebounding and durability categories.
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26. Wilt Chamberlain left Kansas after two seasons disheartened from losing a heart-breaking NCAA Championship game in 1956 and the new tactics of triple-teaming him and stalling by holding the ball for minutes at a time to preserve leads.
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28. Wilt Chamberlain was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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30. Wilt Chamberlain was born August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one of nine children raised by William and Olivia Chamberlain.
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32. Wilt Chamberlain led his team to the NCAA championship finals in 1957.
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34. Wilt Chamberlain had a long-standing rivalry with Boston Celtic Bill Russell, and many credit the increase in the popularity of professional basketball to the excitement generated around games featuring these two players.
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37. Wilt Chamberlain was born August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one of nine children raised by William and Olivia Chamberlain.
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40. Wilt Chamberlain settled on the University of Kansas, making his varsity debut as a sophomore in 1956.
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41. Wilt Chamberlain earned enemies in the African American community when he condemned the Black Power movement in the late 1960s.
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43. Wilt Chamberlain played in the NBA during the 1960s, and many people think he is one of the best players in basketball history.
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50. Wilt Chamberlain stayed with the Warriors as they moved out to San Francisco in 1962.
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51. At the top of his game, Wilt Chamberlain was selected for the All-NBA first team for three consecutive years: 1960, 1961 and 1962.
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52. In 1959, Wilt Chamberlain played his first professional game in New York City against the Knicks, scoring 43 points.
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54. Wilt Chamberlain was born on August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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57. Wilt Chamberlain often invited Russell over to Thanksgiving, and at Russell's place, conversation mostly concerned Russell's electric trains.
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60. When he became a Laker, Wilt Chamberlain built a million-dollar mansion he called the "Ursa Major" in Bel-Air, as a play on his nickname "The Big Dipper".
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61. Wilt Chamberlain was the first big earner of basketball: immediately becoming the highest paid player upon entering the NBA, he was basketball's first player to earn at least $100,000 a year, and earned an unprecedented $1.5 million during his Lakers years.
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63. Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a regular season or playoff game in his 14-year NBA career.
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65. Wilt Chamberlain sponsored his personal professional volleyball and track and field teams, and provided high-level teams for girls and women in basketball, track, volleyball and softball, and made money by appearing in ads for TWA, American Express, Volkswagen, Drexel Burnham, Le Tigre Clothing and Foot Locker.
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67. Wilt Chamberlain would help lead the Lakers past Abdul-Jabbar and the Bucks in six games.
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68. The Lakers mounted a comeback; then Wilt Chamberlain twisted his knee after a rebound and had to be replaced by Mel Counts.
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71. At the 1965 All-Star break Wilt Chamberlain was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, the new name of the relocated Syracuse Nationals.
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73. Wilt Chamberlain capped off his rookie season by winning the 1960 NBA All-Star Game MVP award with a 23-point, 25-rebound performance for the East.
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74. Wilt Chamberlain became a member of the Globetrotters team which made history by playing in Moscow in 1959, enjoyed a sold out tour of the USSR and prior to the start of a game at Moscow's Lenin Central Stadium, were greeted by the General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev.
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76. Wilt Chamberlain holds numerous NBA records in scoring, rebounding, and durability categories.
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