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Wilt Chamberlain

Chamberlain with the Harlem Globetrotters circa 1959
Personal information
Born (1936-08-21)August 21, 1936
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died October 12, 1999(1999-10-12) (aged 63)
Bel Air, California
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school Overbrook
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Kansas (1956–1958)
NBA draft 1959 / Pick: Territorial
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career 1959–1973
Position Center
Number 13
Coaching career 1973–1974
Career history
As player:
1958–1959 Harlem Globetrotters
1959–1965 Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors
1965–1968 Philadelphia 76ers
1968–1973 Los Angeles Lakers
As coach:
1973–1974 San Diego Conquistadors
Career highlights and awards
2× NBA champion (1967, 1972)
NBA Finals MVP (1972)
4× NBA Most Valuable Player (1960, 1966–1968)
13× NBA All-Star (1960–1969, 1971–1973)
NBA All-Star Game MVP (1960)
7× All-NBA First Team (1960–1962, 1964, 1966–1968)
3× All-NBA Second Team (1963, 1965, 1972)
2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1972, 1973)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1960)
7× NBA scoring champion (1960–1966)
11× NBA rebounds leader (1960–1963, 1966–1969, 1971–1973)
9× NBA field goal percentage leader
NBA assists leader (1968)
No. 13 retired by Golden State Warriors
No. 13 retired by Philadelphia 76ers
No. 13 retired by Los Angeles Lakers
NBA 35th Anniversary Team
NBA 50th Anniversary Team
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1957)
2× Consensus first-team All-American (1957, 1958)

NBA records

Single-game scoring record (100)
Highest single-season scoring average (50.4)
Single-season scoring record (4,029)
Single-game rebounding record (55)
Highest single-season rebounding average (27.2)
Single-season rebounding record (2,149)
Highest single-season minutes average (48.5)
Holds numerous other records and achievements

Career statistics
Points 31,419 (30.1 ppg)
Rebounds 23,924 (22.9 rpg)
Assists 4,643 (4.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

They were so clever finding ways to get me the ball. They had to do more than just give up open shots. They had to avoid fouls and pass me the ball in traffic.
Wilt Chamberlain
Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.
I get constant reminders from fans who equate that game and my career as one and the same.
Wilt Chamberlain
I guarantee you, if you could give me 10 points in all those seventh games against the Boston Celtics, instead of Bill Russell having 11 rings, I could’ve at least had nine or eight.
Wilt Chamberlain
You must understand as a kid of color in those days, the Harlem Globetrotters were like being movie stars.
Wilt Chamberlain
I believe that good things come to those who work.
 They were willing to do anything to stop me.
With all of you men out there who think that having a thousand different ladies is pretty cool, I have learned in my life I’ve found out that having one woman a thousand different times is much more satisfying.
Wilt Chamberlain
We're all fascinated by the numbers, as we were about the 100 points.
The man who won’t loan money isn’t going to have many friends – or need them.
Wilt Chamberlain
They were willing to do anything to stop me.
It just wasn’t right the way they were behind by 25 points and then they’re told to hold the ball.
Wilt Chamberlain
If you have ability in a certain area, why not capitalize on it and improve it and use it?
Wilt Chamberlain
But the point of using the number was to show that sex was a great part of my life as basketball was a great part of my life. That’s the reason why I was single.
Wilt Chamberlain
When you go out there and do the things you’re supposed to do, people view you as selfish.
Wilt Chamberlain
And I remember leaving my place in L.A. and – my father is a big fight fan – and I said, ‘Dad, I got a couple of days off and I’m getting ready to go to Houston to sign to fight Muhammad Ali.
Wilt Chamberlain
It was a challenge to my teammates to help me.
Nobody roots for Goliath.
I couldn’t have come close without my teammates’ help because the Knicks didn’t want me to make 100.
Wilt Chamberlain