Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain (August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA; he played for the University of Kansas and also for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in the NBA.
Wilt Chamberlain, physically and stylistically, was a revolutionary figure. Never before had the League seen a player who was so imposing physically and so gifted athletically.
Wilt Chamberlain was the first basketball player to achieve celebrity status. He was recognized everywhere he went and lived a lavish lifestyle.
In 1959, Chamberlain became a professional in the National Basketball Association, joining the Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors. He became an instant dominating force and was named both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the league, setting eight NBA season records along the way.
Chamberlain held numerous records after he retired. He scored 50 or more points 118 times, 60 or more points 32 times, and is the NBA’s all-time rebounding leader with 23,924 rebounds. Over his career, Chamberlain was named league MVP four times, voted to 13 All-Star Games, and crowned NBA scoring champion for seven consecutive years.
Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in as the Philadelphia Warriors beat the New York Knicks 169-147. Chamberlain's stat line was 36 of 63 from the field, 28 of 32 from the foul line, 100 points and 25 rebounds.
At 7 feet 1 and 275 pounds, Chamberlain was the most dominant offensive post player in basketball history. Players weren't big enough to stop him in his day.
Chamberlain was already having an exemplary season before his 100 point game. He was closing in on 4,000 points for the season. No other NBA player had ever scored 3,000. Earlier that season, the “Big Dipper” set the NBA’s single-game scoring record with 78 points in a triple-overtime loss.
Wilt Chamberlain's personal life was something he was proud of. He boasted he slept with 20,000 women.
Chamberlain was named one of the fifty greatest players of all time. In 1978 he was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame.
Late in life Chamberlain proclaimed a love of literature. It was far removed from the child who spoke with a stutter and placed in remedial reading courses.