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Here’s the Wilt Chamberlain video highlights you always wanted to see

2015/01/06 9:05 pm 224 2 comments

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Wilt Chamberlain video shot block

We all have heard about Wilt Chamberlain. No matter how long you’ve watched the NBA, Wilt’s name still casts a shadow as large as the 7-2 giant did on the NBA when he played.

That said, many of us have never had the chance to actually see him play — we rely on the same 8-10 clips of the Big Dipper and the stories from another generation; blindly endorsing this urgan legend.

Well no longer, a video that was just released puts Chamberlain physical dominance, amazing athleticism and smarts for all of our eyes to see. Yes, it’s over 58 minutes long, but it’s worth watching.

Wilt was a scoring machine, scoring 100 points in one game and averaging 40 and 50 points during the regular season. He was also a rebounding terror, but what doesn’t get as much press is that he also blocked shots like no other player.

Did you see as Chamberlain snatched opponent’s shots out of the air and Chamberlain elevating to block other shots where his hands are near the top of the backboard. Watching this video it should come as no surprise that Chamberlain once blocked 23 shots in one game. And that number wasn’t even close to the most shots he rejected in one game.

Wilt Chamberlain’s prowess for erasing shots is unprecedented. We just have to trust that because the NBA didn’t officially record blocks until the 1973-74 season or else the 17 blocks that Elmore Smith set would have been another day at the office for Wilt the Stilt.

Wilt also led the league in assists one season. For a player that was so imposing and dominant, it’s hard to believe that Wilt wasn’t able to get more than two NBA championship rings and was only NBA MVP four times.

 

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2 Comments

  • WILT IS NO DOUBT THE GREATEST BASKETBALL EVER….
    SHOULD HAVE PLAYED TILL HE WAS 50….THAT’S HOW GOOD HE WAS.

  • Robert Bernstein

    The so called “Dream Team” was vastly overrated. There were quite a few teams that wouod easily beat that team, in fact completely destroy it. Of course they were allstar teams. In my opinion the best were the 1966 East
    team, the 1965 West team, the 1967 East team, the 1968 East team (with the 1962-1964 West teams, and the
    1967 Wet team almost as strong.

    For example,
    the 1966 East team included

    Chamberlain
    Robertson
    Russell
    Lucas
    Havlicek
    Sam Jones
    Reed
    Greer
    Chet Walker

    (all at or near their primes)

    The 1965 West taam included:

    West
    Baylor
    Pttit
    Chamberlain
    Thurmond
    Gus Johnson
    Lenny Wilkens
    Bellamy

    If you combine the East and West allstar teams
    (picking the best 10 or 12 players) from one of the
    mid-1960’s you would get an even slightly better team.

    By the way, the people who make comments about Chambelain’s leaping ability really don’t know what they’re talking about. Chamberlain’s vertical jump (from around 1959-1962)was at least 48 or 49 inches.
    I know 2 people who saw him easily touch the top of the
    backboard when “showing off” before Globetrotter games.
    In fact one told me that he didn’t even take much of a run and put at last half of his hand over it
    (sort of “palming” the top of the backboard).
    Even as a freshman at Kansas he could do it with just
    1 step (see page 47 of Cherry’s book “Wilt, Larger than Life”). I’m surprised that he did it as late as his years on the 76ers. He knew the strain it could put on his knees and hips. I suspect he must have done it then
    to win a sizable bet, based on a dare from a teammate who doubted he could still do it. Several times I saw him in actual games leap so that his head was at least
    5 or 6 inches over the rim.

    By the way, a young Bill Russell could also touch the
    top of the Backboard, but only by about 2 or 3 inches.
    Russell was the quickest center ever and he could get
    about 3 feet off the ground (within 1 foot of his maximum leap) with practically no knee bend. That was one
    of several reasons whay he was such a great shot blocker.
    Of course his tremendous timing and wingspan didn’t hurt
    either.

    The only other NBA centers with great spring (40+ inch verticals)were Gene Wiley and Thurmond (but Thurmond’s knees went downhill fast, so his peak jumping period was very short–maybe from his last year at Bowling Green to his 2nd or 3rd year in the NBA).

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