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?

Jordan or Kobe, the greatest ever?

I find myself lucky to have been able to watch the two greatest basketball players, as voted by pretty much anyone who knows what the NBA is, to ever take stage on the court. Dominance in nearly everything they did.

Whenever Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is mentioned as one of the NBA’s all-time great shooting guards, there is always someone there to remind you that regardless of how good Bryant is, he will never be better than another shooting guard who played for the Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan is regarded by most observers as the greatest shooting guard in the history of the game, and there are many people who consider His Airness to be the best player to ever grace an NBA court. Bryant has drawn countless comparisons to Jordan through his mannerisms, style, game and accomplishments, and in truth, Bryant is the first player of many who has actually lived up to the comparisons.  Continue reading “Jordan or Kobe, the greatest ever?” Jordan or Kobe, the great…

Scottie’s in the Hall of Fame, was his time with Jordan the best?

Michael Jordan and Pippen truly were one of sports most dynamic duos, but were they the best duo of all-time? It’s tough to quantify that claim across various team sports, but they’re definitely on the leaderboard with Montana-Rice, Shaq-Kobe, Ruth-Gehrig among others.

What are the criteria for great sports duos? Longevity, championships and records are a good start. But more than the numbers, they should be two players whom opponents dreaded playing against. Two players who would drive opposing coaches crazy—if you stopped one, the other would beat you. Two players whom if you weren’t a fan of their team, you despised. So, let’s try to make a case for Jordan and Pippen by starting in their own sport and then comparing them to great duos in other sports:

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