Wilt Chamberlain’s Rants: 1on1 w Jordan, Shaq, Kareem, Olajuwon And More!
Before getting into Wilt Chamberlain’s Rants, let’s remember he was known as the godfather of dominant basketball. He had all the possible records of the NBA until the late ’80s and ’90s. A rivalry with Bill Russell that someday will definitely be filmed and win movie awards. He passed away at age 63 in 1999. Gone too soon while his good friend Russell is still around, filming, documenting, giving interviews. I wish we could’ve seen Wilt today in basketball events, in interviews and listen to share his opinions about the game and the players today. He was very good spoken, almost like academic given speeches he did. That’s why he wrote his own books and told stories and my favorite ones are A View From The Above and Who’s Running The Asylum are a must-read for an avid basketball fan.
I’ve collected Wilt’s rants and opinion about today and past NBA players, league’s status today and past. And made a compilation about it. YouTube video is at the above. It’s all here. Talking about himself playing against Jordan, Hakeem, Shaq, Kareem and critique of players like Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird and more.
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- It’s a different era but I see like this: Michael Jordan made NBA what it is today. All these players like Iverson, Shaq — should give ten percent of their money to Michael Jordan.
- I think John Stockton is the most complete player for his position. I take Stockton over Magic Johnson if I’d build a team around.
- I’m happy that I have a big mouth. Playing against today’s centers? I’d love it. Oh, are you kidding me? It would be a joke. The game may evolve to more showcase of the athletes.
- People don’t remember. In my first seven years, I scored a lot of points. Then I stopped scoring for my own wish. I was tried to do other things. I was asked to do other things by coaches. When they compare me with Michael who averages 30 points for a lifetime, if I’d not stop scoring, I’d average 40 points for a lifetime. Does that make me the best scorer? I don’t know but one thing I know that I was leading percentile shooting each year I lead scoring and even after 8 years when I stopped scoring points.