76 Facts About Wilt Chamberlain

1. Wilt Chamberlain signed a contract to fight Ali at the Houston Astrodome on July 26, 1971, potentially for the heavyweight title if Ali could beat champion Joe Frazier that March.

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2. At the age of 10, Wilt Chamberlain was already tall, and he became positively gargantuan after he reached adolescence.

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3. Wilt Chamberlain has the record for the longest streak with nine games.

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4. Wilt Chamberlain wished people would understand that their roles were different.

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5. Wilt Chamberlain was a Goliath", said Sy Goldberg, Chamberlain's longtime attorney.

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6. Wilt Chamberlain happened to make a living playing basketball but he was more than that.

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7. In 1976 Wilt Chamberlain turned to his interest in movies, forming a film production and distribution company to make his first film, entitled "Go For It".

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8. Wilt Chamberlain played occasional matches for the IVA Seattle Smashers before the league folded in 1979.

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9. Wilt Chamberlain once skipped a game to sign autographs for the book.

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10. Wilt Chamberlain said: "It is wonderful to be a part of the greatest team in basketball.

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11. In that year, Wilt Chamberlain set several all-time records which have never been threatened.

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12. Wilt Chamberlain needed only 56 games to score 2,102 points, which broke the all-time regular season scoring record of Bob Pettit, who needed 72 games to score 2,101 points.

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13. Wilt Chamberlain scored 34 points, won Overbrook the Public League title and a berth for the Philadelphia city championship game against the winner of the rival Catholic league, West Catholic.

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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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15. Wilt Chamberlain was one of the most dominating centers in basketball history.

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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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19. Wilt Chamberlain was a successful businessman, authored several books, and appeared in the movie Conan the Destroyer.

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20. Wilt Chamberlain was known by various nicknames during his basketball playing career.

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21. Wilt Chamberlain holds numerous NBA all-time records in scoring, rebounding and durability categories.

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22. Wilt Chamberlain started his own Track Club in the 1970s.

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23. Wilt Chamberlain promoted the sport so effectively that he was named to the Volleyball Hall of Fame, he became one of the few athletes who were enshrined in different sports.

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24. Wilt Chamberlain spent the night before the game in New York, partying all night with a woman.

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25. Wilt Chamberlain was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978.

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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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27. Wilt Chamberlain rarely traveled with an entourage, which is typical of many modern players.

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28. Wilt Chamberlain  was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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29. Wilt Chamberlain died of heart failure in 1999 in Bel-Air, California, at the age of 63.

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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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31. Wilt Chamberlain changed teams in 1965 after returning to his hometown.

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32. Wilt Chamberlain led his team to the NCAA championship finals in 1957.

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33. Wilt Chamberlain published a more revealing book about his personal life entitled A View from Above in 1991.

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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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35. Wilt Chamberlain died on October 12, 1999, in his Bel Air, California, home.

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36. Wilt Chamberlain was simply one the greatest scoring machines in the history of basketball.

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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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38. Wilt Chamberlain passed away on October 12, 1999, a victim of congestive heart failure.

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39. Wilt Chamberlain faded from the limelight somewhat after the end of his professional career.

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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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42. On December 3, 1956, Wilt Chamberlain, now a sophomore, played his first game for the Jayhawks' varsity team.

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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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44. Wilt Chamberlain often had strong supporting players as well, but Russell always seemed to pull out the championship.

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45. Wilt Chamberlain was simply the greatest scoring machine in the history of basketball.

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46. Wilt Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia and was one of nine children.

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47. Wilt Chamberlain loved cars, and he was known for cruising around in his Cadillac convertible or a custom-made lavender Bentley he'd imported from England.

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48. Wilt Chamberlain died of heart failure on October 12, 1999, at his Los Angeles home.

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49. In 1978, Wilt Chamberlain was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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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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53. Wilt Chamberlain was a standout player at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia.

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54. Wilt Chamberlain was born on August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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55. Wilt Chamberlain was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978.

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56. On October 12, 1999, Wilt Chamberlain died in Bel-Air, California, at the age of 63.

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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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58. Every time Wilt Chamberlain went to bed with a different woman, he put a check in his Day-Timer.

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59. Wilt Chamberlain lived alone, relying on a great deal of automated gadgets, with two cats named Zip and Zap and several Great Dane dogs as company.

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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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62. Wilt Chamberlain said, "I've got to hit forty points or so, or this team is in trouble.

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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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64. Wilt Chamberlain promoted the sport so effectively that he was named to the Volleyball Hall of Fame: he became one of the few athletes who were enshrined in different sports.

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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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66. Wilt Chamberlain was named Finals MVP, and was admired for dominating the Knicks in Game 5 while playing injured.

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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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69. Wilt Chamberlain joined a squad which featured Hall-of-Fame forward Elgin Baylor and Hall-of-Fame guard Jerry West, along with backup center Mel Counts, forwards Keith Erickson and Tom Hawkins and talented 5'11" guard Johnny Egan.

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70. In one particular game, Wilt Chamberlain blocked a dunk attempt by Gus Johnson so hard that he dislocated Johnson's shoulder.

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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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72. In Game 5, with his hand healthy, Wilt Chamberlain scored 50 points.

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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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75. Wilt Chamberlain was known by several nicknames during his basketball playing career.

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76. Wilt Chamberlain holds numerous NBA records in scoring, rebounding, and durability categories.

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