The 1972–73 NBA season was to be Chamberlain's last, although he didn't know this at the time. Wilt Chamberlain passed away due to congestive heart failure at the age of 63 on October 12, 1999, in Bel Air, California, United States. Among the members of the team were: Florence Griffith, before she set the current world records in the 100 meters and 200 meters; three time world champion Greg Foster;[119] and future Olympic Gold medalists Andre Phillips, Alice Brown, and Jeanette Bolden. In Game 6, the Celtics won 99–90, and Chamberlain only scored 8 points; Cherry accuses him of choking, because if "Chamberlain had come up big and put up a normal 30 point scoring night", L.A. would have probably won its first championship. In that Game 7, both centers were marvelous: Chamberlain scored 30 points and 32 rebounds, and Russell logged 16 points, 27 rebounds and eight assists. Chamberlain divided that number in half, to be conservative and to correct for degrees of variation. "[109], In the 1972 NBA Finals, the Lakers again met the New York Knicks; the Knicks were shorthanded after losing 6'9" Willis Reed to injury, and so, undersized 6'8" Jerry Lucas had the task to defend against the 7'1" Chamberlain. "[5] Like later superstar Shaquille O'Neal, Chamberlain was a target of criticism because of his poor free throw shooting, a .511 career average, with a low of .380 over the 1967–68 season. Sharman introduced morning shoot-arounds, in which the perennial latecomer Chamberlain regularly participated (in contrast to earlier years with Dolph Schayes) and transformed him into a defensive-minded, low-scoring post defender in the mold of his old rival Bill Russell. Having never fouled out in his career – a feat that he was very proud of – he played aggressive defense despite the risk of fouling out, and blocked two of Lucas' shots in overtime, proving those wrong who said he only played for his own stats; he ended scoring a game-high 27 points. "[90] The greatest problem was his tense relationship with Lakers coach Butch Van Breda Kolff: pejoratively calling the new recruit "The Load", he later complained that Chamberlain was egotistical, never respected him, too often slacked off in practice and focused too much on his own statistics. He became the first player to break the 3,000-point barrier and the first and still only player to break the 2,000-rebound barrier for a single season, grabbing 2,149 boards. Subsequently, owners Milton and Helen Kutsher kept up a lifelong friendship with Wilt, and according to their son Mark, "They were his second set of parents. Right, Born: Or write about sports? [86] In a game called "unreal" and "devoid of emotion", the Sixers lost 127–118 on April 5. [135] Chamberlain is most remembered for his 100-point game,[136][137] which is widely considered one of basketball's greatest records. Trailer. [114] However, the Lakers sued their former star and successfully prevented him from actually playing, because he still owed them the option year of his contract. "[54], In Chamberlain's third season, the Warriors were coached by Frank McGuire, the coach who had masterminded Chamberlain's painful NCAA loss against the Tar Heels. I try to do them all, best I can, but scoring comes first. [138][139][140] Decades after his record, many NBA teams did not even average 100 points, as fewer field goals per game were being attempted. [6] Another landmark was his 25,000th point, making him the first ever player to score these many points: he gave the ball to his team physician Dr. Stan Lorber. [94] In Game 6, Chamberlain scored 45 points, grabbed 27 rebounds and almost single-handedly equalized the series in a 135–113 Lakers win, and with Reed out, the Knicks seemed doomed prior to Game 7 in New York. [18] In his second Overbrook season, he continued his prolific scoring when he tallied a high school record 71 points against Roxborough. Later, in 1992, he was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat. Click Season link for player's season game log, College Basketball at, Scores from any date in BAA/NBA or ABA history. He scored 34 points as Overbrook won the Public League title and gained a berth in the Philadelphia city championship game against the winner of the rival Catholic league, West Catholic. Coach Schayes called timeout, and decided to run the last play over Hal Greer rather than Chamberlain, because he feared the Celtics would intentionally foul him because he was a poor foul shooter. For Game 5, Chamberlain's hands were packed into thick pads normally destined for defensive linesmen in American Football; he was offered a painkilling shot, but refused because he feared he would lose his shooting touch if his hands became numb. [5][81] Chamberlain himself described the team as the best in NBA history. See all photos. [35], On October 24, 1959, Chamberlain finally made his NBA debut, starting for the Philadelphia Warriors. [24] In the end, after visiting the University of Kansas and conferring with the school's renowned college coach Phog Allen, Chamberlain proclaimed that he was going to play college basketball at Kansas.[24]. The Sixers charged their way to a then-record 68–13 season, including a record 46–4 start. … However, Boston easily won the first two games on the road, winning 115–96 and 114–93; Chamberlain played within his usual range, but his supporting cast shot under 40%. [52] Chamberlain also won his first field goal percentage title, and set the all-time record for rebounds in a single game with 55. 1936 21 August Leo Pennsylvania Philadelphia United States of America USA. Cherry observed that Reed, a prolific midrange shooter, was a bad matchup for Chamberlain: having lost lateral quickness due to his injury, the Lakers center was often too slow to block Reed's preferred high post jump shots. [citation needed]) Chamberlain's outstanding all-around performance helped the Lakers win their first championship in Los Angeles with a decisive 114–100 win. [185] He accompanied Nixon to the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.[186] and considered himself a Republican. When Chamberlain was 50, the New Jersey Nets had the same idea, but were declined. Outwardly, Schayes defended his star center as "excused from practice", but his teammates knew the truth and were much less forgiving. Going ahead 3–2, the Sixers defeated the Knicks 115–97 in Game 6 after Chamberlain scored 25 points and 27 rebounds: he had a successful series in which he led both teams in points (153), rebounds (145) and assists (38). [91] Going into the series as 3-to-1 favorites, the Lakers won the first two games, but dropped the next two. In addition, Chamberlain drove a Ferrari, a Bentley, and had a Le Mans-style car called Searcher One designed and built at a cost of $750,000 in 1996. ▪ [36] In later years, Chamberlain frequently joined the Globetrotters in the off-season and fondly recalled his time there, because he was no longer jeered at or asked to break records, but just one of several artists who loved to entertain the crowd. Russell never considered Chamberlain his rival and disliked the term, instead pointing out that they rarely talked about basketball when they were alone. [77] Jerry West called him a "complex ... very nice person",[180] and NBA rival Jack McMahon even said: "The best thing that happened to the NBA is that God made Wilt a nice person ... he could have killed us all with his left hand. He had a legendary rivalry with Boston Celtics star Bill Russell. Wilt Chamberlain was born August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one of nine children raised by William and Olivia Chamberlain. [126] According to those close to him, he eventually began taking medication for his heart troubles. 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. Wilt Chamberlain died at his home from heart disease Oct. 12, 1999. [80] In Game 6, the Warriors were trailing 123–122 with 15 seconds left. [116][117] Starting in the 1970s, he formed Wilt's Athletic Club, a track and field club in southern California,[118] coached by then UCLA assistant coach Bob Kersee in the early days of his career. Right now her original high 5 Feet 6 Inches inches and Weight 62 KG. "[20] Red Auerbach, the coach of the Boston Celtics, spotted the talented teenager at Kutscher's and had him play 1-on-1 against University of Kansas standout and national champion, B. H. Born, elected the Most Outstanding Player of the 1953 NCAA Finals. [153] Russell's teams won all four seventh games against Chamberlain's—the combined margin was nine points. Club", "Chamberlain biopic has Canuck coproducer", "Reaction to a basketball legend's death", "Until his dying day, Wilt was invincible", Chamberlain Was Seeing Heart Specialist, Taking Medication, "STD's, Cardiomyopathy and Wilt Chamberlain", "The day Wilt Chamberlain, NBA legend, died at 63 in 1999", Agent says Chamberlain had congestive heart failure, "Are all sports records made to be broken? Wilt had a special passion to fried chicken. Wilt Chamberlain was born on Friday and have been alive for 23,062 days, Wilt Chamberlain next B'Day will be after 2 … After losing Elgin Baylor to an Achilles tendon rupture that effectively ended his career, and especially after losing Jerry West after a knee injury, the handicapped Lakers were seen as underdogs against the Milwaukee Bucks of freshly crowned MVP Lew Alcindor, and veteran Hall-of-Fame guard Oscar Robertson in the Western Conference Finals. [77] The motivation for this move remains in dispute. [152] Russell's Celtics won seven of eight playoff series against Chamberlain's Warriors, 76ers, and Lakers teams, and went 57–37 against them in the regular season and 29–20 in the playoffs. [91], Game 7 featured a surreal scene: in anticipation of a Lakers win, Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke put up thousands of balloons in the rafters of the Forum in Los Angeles. 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