October 13, 1999 |
Wilt Chamberlain averaged nearly 30 points and 18 rebounds a game in two varsity seasons at Kansas, leading the Jayhawks to the NCAA championship game as a sophomore in 1957. He also helped to break down segregation barriers in the Kansas City area. But he angered Jayhawk fans, and touched off 40 years of animosity between the All-American player and his alma mater, when he gave up his senior season and joined the Harlem Globetrotters.
February 28, 1992 |
Doctors said Thursday night that Wilt Chamberlain has a slight heart arrhythmia but is in stable condition at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, where he was admitted Wednesday night after complaining of an upset stomach. At a news conference at the hospital, Ellen Goudlock, Chamberlain's personal physician, said the former NBA great will undergo tests over the next few days to try to find the cause of his atrial arrhythmia, a rapid heartbeat in the upper chambers.
February 27, 1992 |
A night that was supposed to involve reliving happy memories took on a more serious side when Wilt Chamberlain, at the Forum for a reunion of the 1972 Laker championship team Wednesday, never got to the ceremony. Instead, he was taken to Centinela Hospital, where he was admitted for observation after complaining of feeling ill. Chamberlain, 55, experienced high blood pressure and an accelerated heartbeat.
August 21, 1986 |
Former basketball great Wilt Chamberlain joined a group of Canadian investors Wednesday in announcing a formal bid for a National Basketball Assn. franchise in the city that held the first NBA game ever played. If approved, the multimillion-dollar venture would result in the first non-American NBA club in 40 years. The 7-foot 1 1/2-inch Chamberlain said he was "as confident as I am tall" of building a winning club if the NBA approves the franchise.
March 30, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant eclipsed Wilt Chamberlain on Saturday night, becoming the NBA's fourth-highest career scorer. Bryant's jump shot with 7:45 left in the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings put him at 31,421 total points for his career. Chamberlain finished his career with 31,419. Bryant tied Chamberlain 22 seconds earlier with a driving lay-up. Next on the list for Bryant is Michael Jordan's 32,292 points. Karl Malone is second on the list at 36,928. The NBA's all-time leading scorer remains Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 38,387.
December 17, 2013 |
With 32 minutes logged in a loss on Monday night to the Atlanta Hawks, Kobe Bryant climbed to fifth on the NBA's list of players with the most career minutes played, regular and postseason combined. At 54,176 minutes, Bryant is behind just Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (66,297), Karl Malone (62,759), Jason Kidd (56,199) and Wilt Chamberlain (55,418). Of the top five in minutes played, all but Kidd played for the Lakers for at least one season. Bryant missed 19 games to start the season while recovering from surgery in April on his Achilles' tendon. If he continued to average 29 minutes a night without missing any of the Lakers' 58 remaining games, Bryant would finish the regular season at 55,858 minutes played, surpassing Chamberlain.
March 8, 1997 |
Harvey Pollack, 74, the NBA's statistical wizard, said he was never busier than March 2, 1962, when Wilt Chamberlain scored a league-record 100 points in Hershey, Pa., against the New York Knicks. "I was keeping play-by-play and the box score and writing copy," Pollack told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "The game ends and the first thing I did was write a one-paragraph lead for the Inquirer. 'Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points, blah, blah.' Then I told them to use the copy I had already sent them.
March 9, 1990 |
The best center in basketball history? Wilt Chamberlain votes for Wilt Chamberlain. Then he picks Bill Russell or George Mikan, take your choice, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar fourth. "I think I was the best all-around center," Chamberlain told the New York Post. "I scored, I rebounded, I blocked shots when they, unfortunately, never counted them. I even led the league in assists one year when I was asked to pass the ball to help the team."
June 3, 1987
After Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics had beaten Wilt Chamberlain and the Lakers in the 1968-69 NBA championship series, Jerry West was asked who was the better center. West had been named the MVP of the series. It was the first year the award was given, and he remains the only player from a losing team to have won it. That Boston team, of course, remains the last NBA team to have repeated as champion.