The 50 Greatest Players in NBA History: Part III

5. Wilt Chamberlain

Filing through the mythos of Wilt Chamberlain and determining fact-from-fiction is what makes him such a fascinating figure. For example, there have been 74 exhibitions where a player has scored 60 or more points in NBA history. If you combined the total number of such performances by players not named Wilt Chamberlain on this list, you would be left with 29. The Big Dipper, alone, has 32 such games.

That is, in fact, true. Now consider the following: Cal Ramsey claims that he once asked Chamberlain where the scars on his arms came from, and Chamberlain averred that they were the result of a gruesome battle with a mountain lion. Now, that may seem incredulous, but upon further examination — if Chamberlain lays claim to nearly half of the 60 point scoring exhibitions in NBA history, then who am I to doubt that he could kill a mountain lion with his bare hands? I bet that mountain lion couldn’t score 60 points.

Ray Petree

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