50 Years Ago Today, Remembering Wilt Chamberlain

Will anyone equal or pass Wilton Norman Chamberlain’s mark?

Fifty years ago today, Chamberlain, then 25 and playing for the Philadelphia Warriors, scored an NBA record-100 points in a 169-147 victory against the New York Knicks. The closest to give it a shot was Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who scored 81 against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006. Michael Jordan scored 69 points in 1990 against the Cavaliers.

Wilt Chamberlain put up an NBA-record 55 rebounds and a 50.4-point scoring average for the 1961-62 season. 23 points in the first quarter, 18 in the second, 28 in the third and 31 in the fourth. A career 51% free throw shooter, Chamberlain made 28 of 32 from the line that night.

The way the game is played now, there will never be another 80+ point performance. even the 50-point games are on the rapid decline. The Big Dipper, Wilt Chamberlain, died in 1999 of congestive heart failure. And so I ask you, who is the greatest basketball player of all time? Michael Jordan with the rings? Wilt Chamberlain with the high scores, Kobe Bryant winning against all odds?

The art of trading the 49ers for the Warriors

The Golden State Warriors met last week with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Giants CEO Larry Baer to discuss the feasibility of building a new, state-of-the-art arena near AT&T Park that would open before the 2017-18 season. The rumor that the Golden State Warriors might move to San Francisco is recycled every few years. But this time, it has a chance to happen. Potential buyers of the team have asked the San Francisco Giants about building in Mission Bay, south of AT&T Park.

Would Oakland be willing to lose their basketball team? It seems as though the Oakland A’s and the Oakland Raiders are trying to move where the grass is greener. The A’s want a share of San Jose, and the Raiders want to be wherever the 49ers are.

What is San Francisco going to do, when they realize they just traded the 49ers for the Warriors? And while you’re at it, go ahead and Occupy Oakland. There’s about to be plenty of open room.

Superman moving away from Magic?

Will we see Dwight Howard as a Los Angeles Laker this next season? We all know he’s rather fed up with constant loss & disappointment. Orlando has no significant player to create a duo with him.

With aging Kobe Bryant and a saddened Los Angeles team, could Superman be going to the Lakers? What would the trade be, going from the Lakers to the Magic?

For starters, the Lakers won’t get rid of Kobe Bryant. Ever. He’s the face of that team, and all hope for another championship soon would be gone. How about Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, and a draft pick? I say get rid of Ron Artest, too.. but hey. Whatever works.

What do you think? Can Dwight Howard be a Laker?